Meet India’s first deaf advocate- Sarah Sunny

Sarah Sunny

Sarah Sunny has become India’s first deaf advocate. The 25-year-old now practices at the Centre for Law and Policy Research in Bengaluru.

A native of Kottayam, Kerala, Sarah is the daughter of Chartered Accountant Sunny Kuruvila and Betty who are settled in Bengaluru. Sarah completed her schooling and college from Bengaluru. Then, did her law from Joseph Institution Law College. She was later enrolled in Karnataka Bar Council.

According to reports,  Access Mantra, a Delhi-based organisation that works for empowering hearing-impaired people, confirms that no one has been enrolled as a Deaf Advocate before.

Sarah is preparing to learn more about Constitutional Law, Disability Law, and Human Rights Law, as well as advocating for people who are differently-abled. Sarah was one among the three girls invited to Access Mantra’s ‘Deaf Woman Achievers’ program. She also enjoys dancing, painting, crafts and badminton. 

As reported, “Sarah laughs and says that if a person with a hearing impairment is asked how one can argue in court and convince the court of the truth, she said, this is possible with an interpreter. Speech is about looking at people’s faces and understanding lip movements.”

Sarah’s brother Prathik and her twin sister Maria were also born hearing-impaired. Her brother who is settled in Texas works in the IT sector, while her sister is a chartered accountant at a French audit firm. Sunny and Betty have urged parents of differently-abled kids to educate them and make them independent. “Let them fly,” added Betty.