Workplace harassment: Sensitization on PoSH act isn’t a priority for government institutes, shows RTI reply

By Anushka Pardikar Workplaces in India continue to be biased, misogynistic and unsafe for women. After the pandemic introduced work from home model, the issues of harassment and bullying have become furthermore complicated. The organizations and experts working on issues of safety at workplaces have reported an increase in the number of harassment incidents that women employees continue to face. All of this is despite … Continue reading Workplace harassment: Sensitization on PoSH act isn’t a priority for government institutes, shows RTI reply

Johnny Depp, Amber Heard and the dystopian social media carnival

By Mehak Bajpai The verdict is in. A US jury on Wednesday ruled that Johnny Depp was defamed by Amber Heard through her op-ed in the Washington Post titled “I spoke up against sexual violence, and faced our culture’s wrath.” Depp had also alleged that the op-ed made him lose significant movie roles and be ostracised in Hollywood. He claimed that his children and other … Continue reading Johnny Depp, Amber Heard and the dystopian social media carnival

Making online spaces safe for women

NCRB data shows that every 6th cybercrime in India is committed through social media. Online harassment has become a common occurrence on social media and women often find themselves on the receiving end. The time is to make online spaces safe for women and #BreakTheBias. The issue of online violence against women needs a systemic inquiry. Studies & data exist in bits & pieces giving … Continue reading Making online spaces safe for women

Women’s safety and reproductive health must be the top priority for the UP government

By Rishabh Shrivastava Gender based violence (GBV) has been a long-standing challenge for Indian society. The recently released NFHS-5 reveals that 3 in every 10 women have faced GBV. Along with being a major law and order issue, GBV remains a giant barrier in realizing the health rights of women and girls in the country. It continues to deprive women and girls of bodily autonomy and … Continue reading Women’s safety and reproductive health must be the top priority for the UP government

Explained: Maharashtra’s Shakti Bill

By Rishabh Shrivastava What is Shakti Bill? Maharashtra Government tabled two bills on 14th December 2020 in the state assembly: Maharashtra Shakti Criminal Law (Maharashtra Amendment) Act, 2020 (also known as Shakti Bill) and the Special Court and Machinery for Implementation of Maharashtra Shakti Criminal Law, 2020. The former is making the headlines as it contains various provisions that are controversial in nature and needs in-depth … Continue reading Explained: Maharashtra’s Shakti Bill

Women judges in the Supreme Court of India

J. Fathima Beevi broke the glass ceiling and became the 1st woman judge of the Supreme Court in 1989. She later went on to become the Governor of Tamil Nadu. Her appointment paved the way for other women to pursue a career in a male-dominated judiciary. J. Sujata Manohar was the 1st woman Chief Justice of Bombay High Court who went on the become the … Continue reading Women judges in the Supreme Court of India

Women Representation in High Courts

11 women in the list of 68 recommend for the elevation as Judges for the various High Courts. These 11 recommendations have been made for J&K, Calcutta, Gauhati, Madras and Kerala High Court. The other 7 HCs do not find any woman’s names. #gender #HighCourts #judge Names of women recommended for the judgeship No woman name in the list of 13 names recommended to be … Continue reading Women Representation in High Courts

Population control bill: A coercive action on fundamental rights

By Anubhav Kumar Economic development of a country and its population have a controversial relationship with each other, viewed differently by various economists. While some fear the growth may affect negatively, others consider it as a potential workforce. The Malthusian ‘fears’ of overpopulation, sans any scientific evidence, historically have been the major force leading governments to take coercive action such as adoption of ‘one child … Continue reading Population control bill: A coercive action on fundamental rights

Comment: Combating Patriarchy

By Shreya Maheshwari In India, the discussion on women, their rights and welfare is episodic. It takes place only when an incident or a special event takes place. Don’t you agree? Take the case of pandemic. Cases of  domestic violence witnessed a sharp surge along with COVID cases, yet it took some time for us to discuss this issue and take stock of the problem. … Continue reading Comment: Combating Patriarchy

Part IV – Understanding Domestic Violence: Jurisdiction and Maintenance

By Bhawna Gandhi In the last three parts (Read Part I here, Part II here and Part III here) of our  Domestic Violence Laws Simplified Series, the author explained the functioning  of domestic violence laws in India and discussed the various types of reliefs that the victim (woman) is entitled to under the law. In this last and final part, the author shall discuss the … Continue reading Part IV – Understanding Domestic Violence: Jurisdiction and Maintenance

Part III Understanding Domestic Violence: Aggrieved woman’s right to residence

By Bhawna Gandhi In Part I and Part II of our article series on domestic violence, the author simplified the understanding of domestic violence laws in India and discussed the various types of reliefs that the victim (woman) is entitled under the law which varies with facts and circumstances of the cases.  Woman’s right to residence is threatened whenever there is a complaint of domestic violence … Continue reading Part III Understanding Domestic Violence: Aggrieved woman’s right to residence

Part II Understanding Domestic Violence: Discussing the protection and remedial measures for domestic violence cases

By Bhawna Gandhi In part I, we traced the origins of law governing domestic violence and its application by court in ensuring dignity and safety of women. In this part we shall discuss in brief, the protection and remedies available to the aggrieved woman.  Aggrieved woman, as explained in part I, can file a complaint on domestic violence with the police, a protection officer, a service … Continue reading Part II Understanding Domestic Violence: Discussing the protection and remedial measures for domestic violence cases

Part I : Understanding the Domestic Violence Laws in India

By Bhawna Gandhi “Bas ek thappad, par nahi mar sakta”, this dialogue from the movie Thappad captured the essence of prolonging debate around domestic violence and also vocalized how it is becoming the new normal, across all  sections of society;  rich or poor, privileged or marginalized. Although there has been a significant evolution  in the family structures, women are now becoming the breadwinners of the families but … Continue reading Part I : Understanding the Domestic Violence Laws in India