Lucy Hmingthanzuali is from Aizwal, Mizoram. After her father passed away, her mother, a sub-inspector in the Economics and Statistics Department, Government of Mizoram, became the sole earning member of her family of four. Their combined family income is a modest Rs. 18,000 per month. She completed her schooling from St. Paul’s Higher Secondary School, after having studied at multiple schools in Aizwal. Mr. Pu Zochhawna, the principal at the Divine Intervention School, informed her about IDIA and she managed to achieve the second highest position in the Mizoram IDIA Aptitude test. There has been no looking back for Lucy since then, having cracked the CLAT in 2012 and secured a place at the prestigious West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS), Kolkata.
Meticulous, hardworking and a true believer of turning challenges into opportunities, Lucy was encouraged to choose law as a career option because she believes that it can be instrumental in bringing about true equality for every individual in society and in promoting awareness of the rights among the disenfranchised. Some day she hopes to establish her own legal practice in Mizoram. At leisure, she writes poetry and also enjoys painting, dancing and singing.
Lucy has the following to say about her motivation to pursue law:
“During my school days, like all parents mine had always expected me to pursue a career in the medical or technical fields. I was raised with such expectations. But growing up, I took a keen interest in the legal field mainly due to the growing injustices in our state. Everyday we see/ hear news of corruption and drug dealings- crimes that inhibit the moral positivism of the youth. We live in a democracy where crimes are forgiven in the face of a hundred year old Penal Code system, where the poor get poorer by each day with the Directive Principles of State Policies staring at the nation’s face; where people neglect the law and take injustices for granted; in the words of Tagore: “where knowledge is free”, yet the best of educational institutions charge the heaviest fees. Clearly, ‘We the People of India’, have not bestowed ‘that democracy’ upon us. Coming from the State of Mizoram, I grew up in a family where education is given great importance. We do not own our own land; we do not have a house in the markets which are only leased out to rich vendors. My mother is a simple government servant and my dad passed away from lung cancer while I was still young. There is corruption and injustice that is visibly evident yet ignored everyday and hence I built this interest in law so that one day I can make a difference. I want to build a nation that beams with happiness and prosperity without any crime and injustice.”