Gender and Sexuality

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Hate Watch: Kerala Governor schools Muslim cleric for targeting schoolgirl for accepting award Arif Mohammad Khan has questioned the state’s silence on the matter

A Muslim cleric who recently made sharp, unwanted comments about a Muslim school girl who had stepped on stage to receive an award, was himself schooled by Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan. Governor Khan, on Thursday, tweeted that he was “sad to know that a young talented girl was humiliated on stage in Malappuram district…

The struggles of a young Muslimah Supportive parents, social challenges, riots and lockdowns; the past two years have been a life lesson

I spent twelve years of my life, unaware education of women was a major cause of dispute within communities. I experienced it when I was moving forward to higher education and was waiting for the class 12 board exam result. I was nervous. My bossy brother had warned me this could be the end of…

The majority must fight for India, says Bu**li Bai target Telegraph India

We need to stand up against every injustice that we see: Radio jockey Representational image. Several women targeted by the Sulli Deals and Bulli Bai online platforms spoke out on Saturday at a webinar held to mark the 60th birth anniversary of Gauri Lankesh, a Bangalore-based journalist killed allegedly by Hindutva fanatics in 2017. Safoora…

Meet Subhangi Chavan: Tough security guard, single mother… and poet “Reading and writing give me strength,” says the inspirational young woman from Pune

30-year-old Subhangi Chavan is often spotted reading a book, or writing in a diary in her free time. She seldom has free time though and her work is tough, requiring her to be tougher. Shubhangi works as a security guard and is stationed at the gates of Rashtra Seva Dal-Pune. She is sporty and fit, and…

Mumbai Police should revive beat policing Free Press Journal

A virtual re-run of the Nirbhaya case in Mumbai, where a 32-year-old woman was raped inside a parked tempo, raises questions about safety in Mumbai. Police claim that a patrol van reached the spot within 10 minutes of receiving a call from a watchman who heard the woman’s cries. The accused, a 45-year-old driver who…

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…

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