‘India needs more gender-sensitized judges’
[Date: 31 August 2013, Source: Deutsche Welle]
An Indian juvenile court delivered the first conviction in the case of a fatal gang rape last year in New Delhi. But legal expert Indira Jaising says changes in the judiciary are needed to make women feel safer in India.
Blind to what, Your Honour?
[Date: 30 December 2012, Source: The Times of India]
Of all the promises made in the Constitution, the most important are the promises of the ‘right to life’, the ‘right to dignity’, the ‘right to personal liberty’ and the ‘right to bodily integrity and health’. However these promises are yet to be redeemed for women. Rape and other forms of sexual assault, domestic violence, dowry death and honour killings — the most brazen violation of these rights — are a real and daily danger for most women.
Indira Jaising on NDTV Panel – Programme on sexual harrassment at the workplace and women lawyers in the court
[Date: 3 October 2012, Source: NDTV]
A group of 60 female lawyers who have filed an intervention application in the Supreme Court, asking why sexual harassment forums haven’t been formed for them despite the landmark Vishakha judgement 15 years ago.
Complainant in the dock
[Date: 17 September 2012, Source: The Indian Express]
The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Bill, 2012, was passed by the Lok Sabha earlier this week. In the din over coal allocations, this was done without any discussion. It is a shame that we women were denied the opportunity to hear what our elected leaders had to say about the bill. The purpose of any law that proposes to provide a grievance redress mechanism for the harassed woman at the workplace is to recognise the fundamental rights of working women under Articles 14, 19 and 21 of the Constitution, and to prevent such harassment.
Family against woman
[Date: 26 October 2007, Source: The Indian Express]
October 26 marks the first anniversary of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act. The law was conceived as a civil law as distinct from the existing criminal law: Section 498A IPC. It was often said that criminal law had no space for settlement of disputes and could give no relief beyond a conviction. It was to meet this need that the new law was passed.
A travesty of justice
[Date: 20 January 2007, Source: The Hindustan Times ]
In an otherwise verbose Constitution, one of the simplest — yet the one of the most important provisions — is the one relating to the Right to Life: Article 21. “No person shall be deprived of life or liberty, except by procedure established by law.” For anyone alive, this is the most important guarantee there is in the Constitution. No doubt the more privileged among us rely not only on the law for our protection, but also on our class background, our connections with those in power and so on. But the poor have only the law to depend on — and that is where the guarantee of the procedure prescribed by law comes in.
Freedom from violence in the family still remains a distant dream for women
[Date: 8 November 2007, Source: South Asia Citizen Web]
A year after the law to protect women from domestic violence was enacted, it continues to be defeated by social prejudice and blindspots. October 26 marks the first anniversary of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act. The law was conceived as a civil law as distinct from the existing criminal law: Section 498A IPC. It was often said that criminal law had no space for settlement of disputes and could give no relief beyond a conviction. It was to meet this need that the new law was passed.