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Jaweplu Chai: first woman judge in Arunachal Pradesh

Jaweplu Chai is set to become the first woman judge in Arunachal Pradesh. She would be taking along her indigenous community’s centuries of customary law traditions to the modern judicial platform.

Chai, who was also the first woman advocate from her Mishmi community has topped this year’s Grade I Arunachal Pradesh Judicial Service (APJS), surpassing Ito Basar and Yomge Ado in the merit list. She is currently undergoing training in Guwahati along with fellow officers from other Northeastern states.

After completing her training later this month, she would be joining as the additional district and sessions judge at Basar in West Siang district.

Born on March 8, 1973 to Late Tankhakso Chai and late Klepsi Chai. She studied her school education at her native Tezu in Lohit District.

After completing her B.A from Shillong College and B.Ed from Post Graduate Training College in Shillong. She acquired LLB degree from Shillong Law College in the year 1998. Since then, she had been practising law at Guwahati High Court Naharlagun Permanent Bench and Session Courts for last thirteen years, added her Mishmi community portal TheMishmis.com last week.

In addition to her routine legal profession, she has been also actively associated with various social services from very young age. Currently she holds the post of President of All Mishmi Womens’ Welfare Society (AMWWS).

A very keen and passionate sportsperson, Ms. Chai is also holder of Blue Belt conferred by Japan Karate Association of India, represented her State Arunachal Pradesh in XI-Northeast Sports Festival in January 1997, where she won Silver Medal in Karate (Women’s 45 Kg category), quoted the website.

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