Bindu Doddahatti

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • Criminal Justice
  • Movement Lawyering
  • Abolition Feminism
  • Caste and Social Exclusion


Bindu has a Bachelor of Laws degree from the Karnataka State Law University (KSLU), and a Master of Laws degree from the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, where she was a Fulbright-Nehru and Dean’s Scholar, and a Penn Law Human Rights fellow.

She is interested in criminal law and the Constitution, criminal justice, and Abolition Feminism, with a focus on issues concerning incarcerated persons’ rights, non-reformist reforms of prisons, and policing. 

She is also associated with social movements working on caste and gender in Karnataka. She has worked as a litigator at the Lawyers Collective, New Delhi, and at the Alternative Law Forum (ALF), Bengaluru.


Chapters in Edited Books

  • Doddahatti, B. (2020). Socio-cultural Identity Formation Among Shudras. In K.I. Shepherd & K.R. Karuppusamy (Eds.), The Shudras: Vision for a New Path (pp.136 – 150). Penguin Random House India.
  • Doddahatti, B. (2019). Censorship, Section 377 Ruling and the Rise in Right-Wing Assault. In G.Hariharan & S.Yusufji (Eds.), Battling for India: A Citizen’s Reader (pp. 289 – 294). Speaking Tiger Publishing Pvt Ltd.

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