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US Senate confirms Indian-American Neomi Rao as judge of appeals court

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Indian American Neomi Rao, who was under scrutiny for her previous writings on sexual assault will now be on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, US confirmed on Wednesday.

is set to take over the vacated by Justice following his nomination by for the top post in the country's highest judicial body, reported.

The voted 53-46, with all the Republicans backing Rao's nomination and the Democrats opposing her confirmation.

The 45-year-old Indian-American, who serves as Trump's "czar" overseeing regulatory rollbacks, was quizzed not only about her work in the Trump administration, but for her commentary she wrote in the past few years as a student at Yale University, when she opined that women should change their behaviour in order to avoid date rape.

While some Republicans had expressed apprehensions about her nomination, apologised for her past writing last month.

"Sexual assault in all forms, including date rape, is abhorrent. Responsibility for the rape is with the rapist. I believed that as a college student and continue to believe that today. As a society, we should create an environment where survivors feel empowered and comfortable coming forward. I am sorry for anything in my college writings to the contrary," she wrote in a letter to the

Republicans expressed their gratitude to Senate for leading Rao's confirmation process.

"Rao's experience and intellect make her uniquely qualified to fill Justice Kavanaugh's shoes on the will fairly apply the law and honour the Constitution; she'll be a phenomenal serving on one of our nation's highest courts," said

Born in 1973 in Detroit, to Indian immigrant parents - Zerin Rao and father both Parsi physicians from India, Rao earned a one-year clerkship with Justice on the She currently serves as the of the (OIRA) of the

She has worked for the during the latter half of George W. Bush's presidency and became a at George Mason University's Law School.

Rao's research and teaching focused on constitutional and administrative law, and she founded the school's

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First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 05:50 IST