Conversation with Flavia Agnes, Director, Majlis Legal Centre

Ms. Flavia Agnes is a lawyer who has worked in the field of women's rights for over two decades. She is a co-founder of Majlis Legal Centre, Mumbai, that provides socio-legal support to women and children on issues of matrimonial rights, domestic violence, sexual abuse, etc. She has several publications to her credit and is a … Continue reading Conversation with Flavia Agnes, Director, Majlis Legal Centre

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Mandatory Reporting Under POCSO: Are We Ready?

by Mansi Binjrajka Although there is much discussion and awareness about sexual violence against women, the same is not the case with child sexual abuse. In Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam’s words, a “conspiracy of silence” surrounds the subject. This is partly a result of the deep-seated belief that child sexual abuse is a … Continue reading Mandatory Reporting Under POCSO: Are We Ready?

The Issue of ‘Age of Consent’ in The Protection of Children From Sexual Offences Act, 2012

by Samyak Sibasish Over the last few days, we have seen much public angst over the widely publicized rape of a young girl on a bus in Delhi. One wonders to what extent will the protesting masses ride on emotion and sentiment and hold aloft nauseating pictures demanding public hanging, stoning or castration of rapists, … Continue reading The Issue of ‘Age of Consent’ in The Protection of Children From Sexual Offences Act, 2012

Who Speaks for the Child in a Surrogacy?

by Jwala Thapa When Linda Vanburen Green left her baby in the premises of the Regional Passport Office in Hyderabad early this year, she only wanted to get a point across to what she felt was the unresponsive attitude of the Passport Seva Kendra staff. Although Ms. Green’s actions might have been able to get past the bureaucracy, … Continue reading Who Speaks for the Child in a Surrogacy?