Poornima Advani

Poornima Advani

Chairperson at National Commission for Women

National Commission for Women

General Information


President  - BJP

Director General  - Police


Doctorate in Law  - University of Bombay

doctorate of laws  - Mumbai University

post-graduate diploma  - physio-therapy , 


Cultural and Social Leader Member  - Amritavarsham 50

Member  - National Commission for Women , New Delhi

Officio Member  - Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions

Founder  - Helpline

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Dr Poornima Advani (Director and Partner)
A rank holder at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in Mumbai University, She obtained her doctorate of laws from the same Mumbai University in the year 1993. She has participated in several programs relating to legal education and jurisprudence in American, British and Australian universities and has authored several books on Law besides being a recognized media contributor. It may be mentioned that for six years i.e. 1998 to 2005, Dr Advani held a quasi-judicial post as Chairperson of National Commission for Women. This honour had been conferred on her primarily in recognition of her work in the legal field. She has also been nominated on the State-level Committee of Maharashtra State Legal Services Authority in 2005. Dr. Advani was registered as an advocate of the Bombay High Court in 1986 and was thereafter engaged in law practice, mostly in Chambers, coupled with part-time teaching of postgraduate students. of law and the University of Bombay till 1998. She was enrolled as an Advocate with the Supreme Court of India in 2005. Dr. Poornima Advani is also empanelled as Special Counsel for the Government of India, in the High Court of Bombay, at Mumbai.

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Talking to reporters during the meeting of the State Home Secretaries and Directors-General of Police here today, the NCW chairperson, Poornima Advani, said the decision had been prompted by the recent case of divorce over telephone in Mumbai and an incident in Bhadrak where `talaq' was pronounced under the influence of liquor.
`Violation of rights' "It is a clear case of violation of women's rights where a woman was divorced at the whims and fancies of her husband and was left to fend for herself and her children without any financial assistance. We want the Supreme Court to issue clear guidelines on the matter," Ms. Advani said, adding that the petition should be ready within a week. In the Bhadrak case, the husband now regrets his decision and the couple want to stay together. But the community insists that the woman perform `halala' (marry again and then divorce the husband) before she goes back to her first husband.

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Ms Poornima Advani confirmed when she was the President of National Commission for Women (NCW), to the press that "Zaheera was under no pressure and was doing her own things".

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