* Interview taken by Archismita Raha, Debomita Sadhu, Siddharth Sonkar, and Shivani Kabra As we live in the internet era, some people do not want to identify themselves as feminists even though they support women’s rights. In fact, there is even positive backlash in the form of pages like MensXP. Why do you think this … Continue reading Interview with Catharine A. MacKinnon
By Shivani Kabra and Anirudh Krishnaa There is no doubt that patriarchy is widely prevalent in society – at home, at work, and even in educational institutions. One always looks towards the pillars of justice, guardians of constitutional values – the courts – for a reprieve from these ordeals. However, patriarchy is so pervasively entrenched … Continue reading KEEP YOUR THEOLOGY OFF MY BIOLOGY
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
by Raju Ramachandran For students of constitutional law, the “gay rights” judgment is deeply disappointing. For a judgment that was in the making for over twenty months, it leaves one with a feeling that it has been “hurried through.” For all its length, there is no detailed reasoning for overturning the High Court judgment. Let … Continue reading The Sentinel Who Will Not Protect
by Stella James Sometimes the most difficult things to write about are also the most essential. I feel this is especially true when many people, much more scholarly than oneself, have already said and written a lot around the issue, and yet your own experience does not seem to fit into the wide net that … Continue reading Through my Looking Glass
by Ayani Srivastava and Priyattama Bhanj This is the first of a two part series by the authors discussing the changes in the legal system which need to be made in order to ensure that rape laws do not remain ineffective in providing any security and protection to the rape victims. Part I deals with … Continue reading Beyond the Noose…
(Admin's Note: Last December's Delhi gang rape and murder had triggered nation-wide protests and ultimately resulted in the passing of the Criminal Law Amendment Act, 2013. Now, yet another gang rape, this time of a young photojournalist in Mumbai, has shocked the Nation and has brought back into focus the country's laws on sexual offences. … Continue reading Justice at Last for Women?
by Samyak Sibasish Last November, we witnessed the death of a 31 year old Indian woman, Savita Hallapanavar, in Ireland, after doctors refused to give her an abortion 17 weeks into pregnancy, which created quite a huge furore in the Indian and Irish media. The reason for such a hue and cry was the reason … Continue reading The issue of Reproductive Rights in India: How is it different from other societies?
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