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Being a Muslim woman in India: A story First person account of a young woman harassed online as part of the “Sulli Deals” auction scandal

India is known for its multi-traditional and cultural values. People practice different faiths, speak different languages, are of different colours, cultures and traditions. “Unity in diversity” in the world’s largest democracy. But when it comes to a particular community, things change and views differ, values change. Even within law enforcement and judicial appraisals, identities matter.…

CJP sends comments to UP Law Commission on ‘Population Control’ Bill Bill will adversely impact women and the marginalised

Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) has sent its comments/suggestions to the Uttar Pradesh State Law Commission over the proposed Uttar Pradesh Population (Control, Stabilization and Welfare) Bill, 2021. We, at CJP, have drawn reference from some experiments and worldwide trends that have shown that there is a “direct and deep co-relation” between basic civic…

Special Marriage Act: Implement Allahabad HC order in Maharashtra, activists write to Kunte Indian Express

Recently, a woman approached the Khar police saying she was getting married to a person from another religion, and after learning about her marriage, few men allegedly humiliated her parents. The Allahabad HC order on Special Marriage Act, 1954 was delivered on January 12, 2021 (Representational Image) A group of social activists has written to…

CJP Impact: Twitter suspends 21 accounts threatening Muslim women with sexual violence 3 accounts actioned for violating Twitter rules, 11 posts removed

Twitter has responded to Citizens for Justice and Peace’s (CJP) complaint against certain accounts that engaged in an abusive campaign against Muslim women. These accounts often used foul language, posted obscene and pornographic content, and encouraged sexual violence against Muslim women. In their response dated July 9 to our complaint (Case number #0210218588), Twitter apprised…

Pride and priorities: Gov’t should create reliable support systems for LGBTQIA+ persons in crisis A Madras HC judge has setting new standards government institutions to ensure equal rights, respect and protection

In a landmark approach to delivering justice, Justice Ventakesh, a Madras High Court judge, recently underwent sessions with a counseling psychologist and members of the LGBTQIA+ community, before passing orders in a case where a lesbian couple sought protection from violence and intimidation by their own families. Justice Venkatesh’s unique approach to jurisprudence The court…

LGBTQIA+: Madras HC guidelines for sensitisation of stakeholders Detailed directions to police, judiciary, legal aid services and central ministries

The Madras High Court on June 7 established a landmark approach towards addressing the social issue of acceptance of the LGBTQIA+ community. The 104-page judgement delivered by Justice Venkatesh is a pioneering judgement in the way it has dealt with clearing out the court’s prejudices and has made an attempt towards transformative jurisprudence. The judgement describes in…

Celebrating the life, work and feminism of Bharati Roy Chaudhary AIUFWP, CJP and DSG organise a commemorative discussion on her 67th birth anniversary

On October 27, 2020, the All India Union of Forest Working People (AIUFWP), Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) and the Delhi Solidarity Group (DSG), came together for a webinar to pay tribute to activist Bharati Roy Choudhary on the occasion of her 67th birth anniversary. Bharati Roy Chaudhary, who was affectionately called Bharati Didi was…

Patriarchy, Caste and Communalism A commemorative discussion on Bharati Roy Chaudhary's birth anniversary

A discussion on the intersectionality of caste, communalism and patriarchy is being organised on October 27, 2020 by the All India Union of Forest Working People (AIUFWP), Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) and the Delhi Solidarity Group (DSG) as a tribute and to senior leader and activist, late Bharati Roy Choudhary. We wish to…

Women street vendors particularly vulnerable during lockdown: ISST-Janpahal Survey finds they face high loss of livelihood, sexual harassment

Thrice oppressed, women street vendors have turned to exhausting personal savings for survival besides bearing the overarching burden of household chores reveals this survey by ISST-Janpahal in Delhi. Gender disparities sharpen during calamities and conflicts making the burden worse. So it has been for the impact of the Covid19 pandemic lockdown. While migrant labourers and…

An Overactive State: The Case of Abducted Women at Partition Citizen Kaun - A CJP Series: Caught between religion, State, violence and patriarchy, a story of 'forced citizenship' from the time of India's partition

The paradigm of the “recovery” and “restoration” of women was a form of biological citizenship, as it entailed not only determining the religion (at birth) of a woman, almost as if it were a biological characteristic, but also her biological status as a woman whose body had been violated, impregnated, or otherwise defiled by union…

Diversity and Inclusion in a post 377 India Are we there yet?

We were once deemed outlandish and the outcast… dubbed irregular and shunned into the shadows. But not anymore. Exactly a year ago, the Indian Supreme Court stood by India’s thriving rainbow community restoring our dignity as equal citizens. But while the judgment was historic indeed, we are still a long way from the inclusive utopia…

SC upholds constitutionality of Section 23 of PCPNDT Act Court said diluting provisions would be against gender justice

On Friday, May 3, the Supreme Court, in a significant judgment, rejected a petition by an association of gynaecologists and obstetricians, that challenged the constitutionality of two key sections of the Pre-Conception & Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act, 1994. The petitioner had argued that anomalies in paperwork had made gynaecologists and obstetricians…

Hate Watch: SP leader makes sexist remarks against Jaya Prada Join CJP's campaign for #HateFreeElections

You know it is election season when political leaders start making hateful comments about their electoral rivals, comments that target people based on their religion, caste or gender and stem from a deep seated hate of the same. On March 28, Samajwadi Party leader Feroze Khan, who heads the party in Uttar Pradesh’s Sambhal district,…

MLA Surendra Singh trafficks in hate with impunity Singh has a history of misogynistic and regressive remarks

Some elected officials, conspicuously from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), have constantly been in the news for their regressive remarks on women, reflecting an indoctrinated hatred for women and other genders. Topping this list is BJP MLA Surendra Singh who recently passed a remark on former India National Congress (INC) President Sonia Gandhi. The…

Hope Lost: India’s Transgenders and the Trans Bill 2018 Understand why the now lapsed bill drew such strong criticism

The Transgender Bill 2018, introduced by the Modi government, ostensibly to ‘protect’ the Transgender community has evoked strong reactions from the community as well as progressive minded people throughout India. It is largely seen as a conservative, even devious piece of legislation that will irreversibly harm the Transgender community. In this must watch video, CJP…

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