Sexual Offences

Women's rights

Working women’s manifesto demands government accountability

Calls for labour reforms, pay parity, greater participation of women labourers, Dalits, Adivasis in decision making.

March 12,2019

Women's Day

Indira Jaising writes

The judiciary must consciously eliminate derogatory tendencies towards women in our (spoken and judicial) language

March 9,2019

Women's Day

A party spokesperson makes a sexist remark

Women are beyond the stage where an apology for a sexist statement is sufficient.

March 8,2019

Women's Day

Women’s day is a chance to replenish

Big wins, but patriarchy is still alive

March 8,2019

Women's Day

The Indian glossary of gender justice

The Leaflet launches the Indian Glossary of Gender Justice on the occasion of International Women's Day.

March 8,2019

Women's Day

What about the Dalit-Bahujan Woman?

It’s about time we heard the working class Dalit, Adivasi, Bahujan woman shout

March 8,2019

Case update

Ms. X's reinstatement as ADJ: SC bench recuses itself

It has been five years since the lady ADJ first complained of discrimination to the Chief Justice of India, and her battle continues as with the order of recusal of the Bench of Justices Sikri, Nazeer and Shah, the matter would have to be argued afresh before a new bench.

February 21,2019

Judiciary

Re-instatement as ADJ: SC orders Madhya Pradesh HC to hold a full court meeting

The Bench emphasised that the issue was  about a good judicial officer who seeks to join service again. Justice Sikri, in the first of its kind order, the bench passed an order requesting  the High Court to  hold a full court enquiry and come back within a week, with a decision on her reinstatement with seniority. They  pointed out that video conferencing facilities were available in the High Court and there should be no logistical problem in taking a decision as soon as possible. If indeed the High Court agrees to reinstate her with seniority but without back wages, it will indeed set a precedent for women in the judiciary and ensure a working environment free form discrimination.

February 14,2019

Women's rights

Misuse of #MeToo movement?

So far, the rule of thumb that prudent men followed was that if you are harassing someone, you will know that you are; it isn’t something you do unknowingly. But cooption of the tools of the #MeToo movement i.e. public shaming with a call to ostracise, by some women to deal with incidents that were basically bad judgment calls by them in their younger days is leading to two very serious problems. One, it is giving plausible deniability to men who have rightfully been accused of harassment. And more disturbingly, it is reducing career opportunities for women in industries that are controlled by men.

January 7,2019

Sexual Offences

Tharoor’s Bill demanding criminalisation of marital rape is significant

It is essential to criminalise marital rape in order to break the age-old understanding that “marriage sanctions sex” or that married women are incapable of giving consent or that consent is presumed/implied upon marriage. This understanding only legitimises the patriarchal notion that a woman is the property of her husband after marriage.

January 5,2019

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