LAW RESOURCE INDIA

National Legal Research Desk on Violence Against Women and Children

Supreme Court of India

NATIONAL LEGAL RESEARCH DESK

The Constitution of India provides for special treatment of women, guarantees equality and prohibits discrimination. The government of India has been strengthening various laws focused on women and children. This has been more visible since the Beijing CEDAW Conference. The recent years have been witness to some landmark interpretations and directives related to Violence against Women.  Despite the constitutional mandate of equal legal status for men and women, the same is yet to be realized. The dejure laws have not been translated into defacto situation for various reasons such as illiteracy, social practices, prejudices, cultural norms based on patriarchal values, poor representation of women in policy-making, poverty, regional disparity in development, lack of access and opportunity to information and resources, etc. The ground situation more or less remains the same.

Most of the laws come with various institutional machinery, partnership between various stakeholders and active role of NGOs.  These institutions need to be in existence in order for the law to be effective. Also the policies and programmes made at the top takes a long time to percolate to the bottom and there is an urgent need of sharing information and resoursces.

 The awareness on laws and access to justice remains dismal. At the district and the state level sensitivity on women rights among judicial officers, administration and the police is very low. This leads to a situation where the implementation of the law becomes difficult.  Recently India has increased its budgetary support for the implementation of various laws on violence against women and it becomes increasingly more important for the organization like Shakti Vahini to work on governance specially related to women and children issuesThe National Legal Research Desk (NLRD) has been instituted to strengthen the implementation of the laws related to Women and Children in India. NLRD focuses on documenting the recent changes in the law, collect and compile the Recent Landmark Judgments of the Supreme Courts of India & the High Courts and ensure wide scale dissemination of the same through the government and the non government machinery. The NLRD will work with Law Enforcement Agencies, Police Academies, Judicial Agencies, Government Agencies, Statutory Agencies, NGOs, Civil Society and Mass Media on promoting Access to Justice for Women and Children. The NLRD website is a knowledge Hub for compilation of all Laws, Judgements and Resource materials on Violence against Women and Children in India. In the first phase (2012) it will focus on the laws related to Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence, Juvenile Justice, Rape Laws, PCPNDT Act , Honour Crimes and Victim Compensation.

NATIONAL LEGAL RESEARCH DESK

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  1. Rajeev Nayan Ghuwalewala said, on February 20, 2012 at 18:32

    Law is already in place. What all required is speedy trial and disposal of cases related to crime against women and children.Special Police Personnel and Courts should be constituted for the accomplishment of this objective.

  2. Alexander said, on March 6, 2012 at 07:17

    Do you think that they need to have stricter law enforcement when dealing with dowry system?

  3. Deepak said, on May 14, 2012 at 15:48

    Hi Team,

    We worked on a 2 min. short film on female foetecide issue which sends across the message for this terrible menace in our society in a lighter way. Hope you would like it.

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  4. Nishindra kinjalk said, on September 15, 2012 at 23:06

    The laws are being violated round the clock.The enforcement agency if powerful, is not sensitive; and if sensitive, not powerful.This has been done just by chance or is it witha purpose? Leaves lot to be answered.
    The bane of corruption has its roots somwhere in the ideology of violation of the rights of children as well as the women.
    Example, the child rights protection commission has no power to punish any one. N Kinjalk

  5. Nirmala P Rao said, on October 6, 2012 at 09:07

    Although gender determination tests and female foeticide etc are absolutely banned bV laws and Institutions like NLRD have been created to fight gender bias etc, the practice of female foeticide and dowry harassment and related deaths are widely prevalent through out India in both Urban and Rural areas. Legal awareness and education of women and their families regarding the banning of gender determination tests except in cases of detection of genetic disorders, Awareness of legal banning of female foeticide and demand for dowry and equal legal rights of a girl child etc. and not to see female children in a poor light and that they should be treated on par with their male counter parts would all go to help in a long way to eradicate such abhorrent practices and ultimate disappearance of Gender Bias in our Indian Society. All the gender justice laws and their implementation should be properly monitored and transparency should be brought in their implementation and enforcement.. Frequent social audits should be conducted to oversee their/Gender Justice Laws proper implementation.

  6. Nirmala P Rao said, on October 6, 2012 at 09:11

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    Although gender determination tests and female foeticide etc are absolutely banned bV laws and Institutions like NLRD have been created to fight gender bias etc, the practice of female foeticide and dowry harassment and related deaths are widely prevalent through out India in both Urban and Rural areas. Legal awareness and education of women and their families regarding the banning of gender determination tests except in cases of detection of genetic disorders, Awareness of legal banning of female foeticide and demand for dowry and equal legal rights of a girl child etc. and not to see female children in a poor light and that they should be treated on par with their male counter parts would all go to help in a long way to eradicate such abhorrent practices and ultimate disappearance of Gender Bias in our Indian Society. All the gender justice laws and their implementation should be properly monitored and transparency should be brought in their implementation and enforcement.. Frequent social audits should be conducted to oversee their/Gender Justice Laws proper implementation.


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