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“Love Jihad” laws curb individual and collective freedoms A comparative table of Anti-Conversion laws of four Indian states

As the courts of law gear up to hear petitions against new anti-conversion laws of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, the States of Himachal Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh have also formulated their anti-conversion or ‘love-jihad’ laws. While the common thread in these four laws is that they make religious conversion by marriage to be illegal, there…

क्या संवैधानिक कसौटी पर खरा उतर पाएगा यूपी का ‘लव जिहाद’ विरोधी कानून? अध्यादेश व्यक्ति की आज़ादी, स्वायत्तता, निजता और पसंद के अधिकार के खिलाफ

यूपी का ग़ैरक़ानूनी धर्मांतरण प्रतिबंध अध्यादेश, 2020 को नवंबर के आखिर में गवर्नर ने मंजूरी दे दी है. कानून बनने के बाद इसके तहत अब तक दो लोगों के खिलाफ मुकदमे दर्ज हो चुके हैं यूपी के बाद उसी तर्ज़ पर अब मध्य प्रदेश, हरियाणा, कर्नाटक और असम भी ऐसे ही ‘लव जिहाद विरोधी’ कानून…

“Be Wise and in Love” – The Sovereign An assessment of Laws on Interfaith Marital Unions and Freedom of Marriage in India 2020

Abstract: The present paper aims to understand the legal jurisprudence around interfaith marriages in India by analysing recent legislations passed by several States. It further discusses the roots of such legislations, ideology behind them and what purpose they seek to achieve viś-a-viś the secular Special Marriage Act which is already in effect. The author tries…

Love Jihad: The Ordinance and Constitutionality A detailed analysis of a deeply communal and sexist law

Tracing the history of anti-conversion laws from the 1960s to the enactments to ‘prevent love jihad’ legislation, Senior Advocate and Human Rights Defender Desai argues how these laws, seen historically, are a transformation from a hesitant Hindu right wing nationalism to a highly bellicose- no holds barred avatar evidenced at present; all in all, a litmus…

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…

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पितृसत्ता को चुनौती देती एक आदिवासी राजकुमारी कहती हैं कि वो एक माई (मां) हैं और धरती (जमीन) भी माई - इसमें पितृसत्ता कहां से आई?

पितृसत्ता, सिर्फ पुरुषों द्वारा महिलाओं के खिलाफ की गई यौन हिंसा भर नहीं है बल्कि एक ऐसी व्यवस्था है जो महिलाओं के जीवन के हर पहलू को नियंत्रित करती है। बचपन से लेकर बुढ़ापे तक। यहां तक कि उनकी कोख तक को नियंत्रित करती है। लेकिन पितृसत्ता का प्रभाव इतना भर नहीं है। इसमें हर…

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…

This women’s day CJP celebrates all women in resistance We salute all the brave women who speak up against oppression and violence

From the brave foot-soldiers who work on the ground to the ones who support them vocally, from the tribal lands inside the forest to the urban metros, from leaders to followers, from asking important questions to fighting it in courts and beyond, brave women have time and again taken ownership to march against wrongdoings 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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