|Profession||Advocate & Activist|
|Date of Birth||Year: 1991|
|Age (as of 2021)||30 Years|
|School||• St. Joseph's Convent School, Panchgani (2006)
• St Xavier's Junior College, Mumbai (2006-2008)
|College/University||ILS Law College, Pune (2008-2013)|
|Nikita Jacob LinkedIn Educational Qualification||• Diploma in Human Rights & International Law (2010)
• Diploma in Corporate Laws (2011)
• Bachelor of Socio-Legal Sciences Bachelor of Laws (B.S.L.LL.B)
Some Lesser Known Facts About Nikita Jacob
- Nikita Jacob is an advocate at the Bombay High Court and a human rights and environmental activist. She caught public attention in February 2021 when the Delhi Police booked her in connection with the protest “toolkit,” shared by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg to support farmers’ protests in India.
- Jacob got inclined towards social welfare and activism immediately after getting into college. She was associated with an NGO (from 2008 to 2010), Make A Difference, aimed at helping in the education of unprivileged children. Also, she was a member of a human rights cell in her college for a year.
- Along with being good at academics, Nikita was also a competitive sportsperson during her college and school days. She used to participate in various sports activities including Table Tennis, Handball, Throwball, Volleyball, Carrom, and Hockey.
- A first-generation lawyer in her family, Jacob enrolled herself with the Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa in 2013.
- She got herself registered with the Bombay High Court in 2015. Over the years, she has worked with several law firms and has experience in handling a variety of matters from civil to commercial litigations. She worked at SK Legal Associates (Mumbai) from April 2015 to November 2016, and then at Tatva Legal (Mumbai) from November 2016 to April 2017. She spent above three years working under Bombay High Court’s advocate Girish Godbole from August 2017 to November 2020.
- In April 2020, Hindustan Times uploaded a video of Nikita Jacob on their YouTube channel, where the activist read an excerpt from Rabindranath Tagore’s classic short story Kabuliwala. The video was part of a readathon campaign by Hindustan Times and Juggernaut Books, during the countrywide lockdown in India in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The readathon campaign was intended to motivate people to read books.
- On 11 February 2021, a cyber cell unit of the Delhi Police conducted a raid at Jacob’s residence in Mumbai to question her about a toolkit document shared by Greta Thunberg on 4 February 2021. The police claimed that the toolkit was an international conspiracy to malign India’s image and alleged Nikita of having contributed to editing and creating it. Police also said that the toolkit played a part in the violence that took place in Delhi during the farmers’ parade on 26 January 2021. On contrary, Nikita provided a different explanation of the toolkit in her statement to the Delhi Police officials. She said,
The information contained in the toolkit does not in any manner incite riots or violence and is simply an information pack with information from various sources… No weapons, no violence, no mention of anything remotely violent in the toolkit or any of our communication”
She added that the action of creating a document that is aimed towards making people aware of farmers’ situation in India and about the ongoing protests was “natural and perfectly legal in a democracy guarded by a constitution as strong as ours.”
- On 15 January 2021, the Delhi Police issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against her. Accused of editing and authoring the toolkit, she was booked under IPC Sections 124(A) for sedition, 153(A) for promoting enmity between groups, and 120(B) for criminal conspiracy. Subsequently, Nikita reached out to the Bombay High Court, where she was granted pre-arrest interim bail of three weeks. Hindustan Times
- Nikita is familiar with multiple languages. She is fluent in English, Hindi, Malayalam, and holds a fundamental grade proficiency in French.
- According to the information given in her LinkedIn profile, Nikita holds an extracurricular interest in art, media, music, and sports.