March 06, 2013

Policing in PPP Mode

The Indian police are routinely criticized for giving into political pressure or falling prey to gender bias when registering cases involving violence against women. While we have all heard of cases involving both, what if there were some other factors that explain police apathy? First, there is no political interference when the […]

February 04, 2013

The Verma Committee Report: yet another fruitless exercise?

In the years following the implementation of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005, my work involved training the police and judiciary on the new law as part of a UNIFEM funded project on violence against women. The trainings were focused on the various provisions of the law and the role of […]

February 04, 2013

Justice Verma Committee Report – A Roadmap for Gender Policy

By FLAVIA AGNES

The Justice Verma Committee has managed to silence its worst critics by producing a comprehensive and far reaching report which strikes at the very root of patriarchy. From its very modest initial mandate of suggesting changes in the current rape laws and examining the sentencing policies, the report has gone much […]

January 29, 2013

Our Cities, Ourselves: An Open Letter to Mumbai City Administrators

Dear Municipal Commissioner of Mumbai, Dear Chairperson of BEST, Dear Divisional Railway Manager Central Railway Mumbai, Dear Divisional Railway Manager Western Railway Mumbai, Dear Mayor of Mumbai,

In the wake of the Delhi gangrape, we have seen a spirited and complex discussion on policing and the provision of justice. This conversation might make it look […]

December 27, 2012

Not your maa-behen: A nation of victims

The Delhi bus rape survivor and I are about the same age and she studies in my hometown. Like many of you, I am clenching my jaw and my fists as I follow realtime coverage of the Delhi gang rape in a weird masochistic frenzy. There are sharp and insightful analyses of sexual violence, structural […]

December 25, 2012

A Short Note Responding to the Responses to the Ongoing Anti Rape Protests in Delhi

By G. Arunima

The ongoing anti rape protests in Delhi has provoked many responses amongst most of us, and often these are inconsistent. I see no problem with that. The statement issued by the ‘Progressive Women’s Groups and Individuals’ reflects the concerns many of us have about treating this incident as exceptional, or about the […]

November 05, 2012

A Short Enraged Note on Consent and Coercion

“And so we decided not to go to CASH since we’d all been drinking”, the 23 year old concluded her story about why she and some friends were not taking a case of sexual harassment by a classmate to her University’s Committee Against Sexual Harassment (CASH).

Thank you Government of Maharashtra! This is what happens […]

October 01, 2012

Violence Against Women Awareness Month

 

 

In October, we kick off Violence Against Women (VAW) Awareness Month on the blogosphere.

VAW Awareness Month began as a completely voluntary, yet cohesive online campaign in 2011, when a group of dedicated bloggers/volunteers decided to band together and raise awareness about this social anathema that isn’t going away in a hurry. […]

June 18, 2012

Appeal to collectively strategise against sexual violence

Dear fellow feminists,

I am part of a group called “Citizens’ Collective against Sexual Assault (CCSA)”. We are a group of individuals who came together in the wake of the most recent spate of rapes in the Delhi NCR region early this year. The Collective is ‘informed by a feminist politics that believes in […]

June 04, 2012

Irretrievable breakdown of marriage: a ground for divorce

On March 23, 2012, the Union Cabinet approved the Marriage Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2010, by which ‘irretrievable breakdown of marriage’ was included as a ground for dissolving a marriage under the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 and the Special Marriage Act, 1954.

The proposal for including ‘irretrievable breakdown of marriage’ as a ground for divorce was […]

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