The sexist attitudes of a patriarchal society ensure that convictions in rape cases in India are rare. The recent Supreme Court judgment, convicting the accused solely on the basis of the complainant's testimony, is therefore a welcome departure from the norm
The courts tend to take an insensitive stand on the multiple, and often contradictory, versions of victims/survivors of gender violence - whether it's Zaheera Sheikh of the Best Bakery case or a woman widowed in the 1984 riots. Surely the trauma of the individual concerned should be taken into consideration?
In response to a public interest litigation, the Supreme Court of India has issued directions to the central and state governments to provide children of women prisoners in jail, and their mothers, the facilities and opportunity to lead normal healthy lives
Should divorce be granted solely on the basis of who is 'at fault'? Or should 'irretrievable breakdown' of a marriage be cause for divorce? In a recent judgment, the Supreme Court held that situations causing misery should not be allowed to continue indefinitely, and that the dissolution of a marriage that could not be salvaged was in the interests of all concerned
Thousands of women all over India earn daily wages as 'muster-roll' employees. Though they work without a break in service they are not made permanent, and are not entitled to maternity leave and other benefits. A Supreme Court judgment in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi versus Female Workers case in 2000, changed all that
In upholding Haryana's legislation disqualifying men and women with more than two children from holding office at the panchayat level, the Supreme Court of India may be compromising the rights of women. This is the first in a new series on the crucial impact of judicial interventions on India's women by Rakesh Shukla
There are just 13 girls in the village of Devra. A possible 14th could have been the victim of the widespread practice of female infanticide
A victim of rape could be given financial aid of up to Rs 3 lakh if a criminal injuries board is satisfied, prima facie, that a case exists
A law to curb the misuse of technology to determine the sex of the foetus, and thereby curb sex selective abortion, has now been in force for 14 years. So, why has India got the worst child sex ratio since Independence?
Political parties in Maharashtra will have to nominate 130,734 women in local bodies during elections, now that the state cabinet has approved increasing the women’s quota from 33% to 50%
Twenty-four per cent of Indian men have committed sexual violence at some point in their lives, 20% forced their partners to have sex with them, and only 17% of Indian men could be considered ‘highly equitable’, reveals a survey of six developing countries
Though rape is not a compoundable offence, the Supreme Court gave in to the plea that the offence occurred 15 years ago; the three convicts and the victim agreed to a fine of Rs 50,000 from each and termination of the 10-year sentence