- Research and Documentation Projects
Judicial response to mental illness in matrimonial disputes: The need for standardized guidelines for lower courts on what constitutes adequate medical proof of mental illness when hearing a petition related to nullity or divorce under the Hindu Marriage Act (HMA) emerges from the analysis. A paper based on this research was published in Indian Journal of Medical Ethics December 2014.
Guidebooks on the MTP and PCPNDT Acts: Simplified versions of The Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971; and The Pre-conception and Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act, 1994 along with guidelines for their implementation for use of medical professionals and regulatory authorities is in progress.
2. Organizing workshops/ conferences
Seven district-level workshops on Domestic Violence for Judicial Officers: With the permission of Hon’able Justice Mohit Shah, Chief Justice, Bombay High Court, Mumbai, the Women’s Studies Centre organized and conducted seven workshops from January 2014 to November 2014 on the subject of Domestic Violence for Judicial Officers. Other stake holders also participated. The workshops aimed at promoting the effective implementation of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005. They were organized in Beed, Latur, Pune, Alibag (Raigad), Ratnagiri and Oras (Sindhudurg). Click here for the consolidated report.
Workshop on domestic violence and mental health – 28th – 30th Jan 2015: In all 18 men and women who practice in the field as counsellors to women facing domestic violence and working with grass-root NGOs participated in the workshops. The purpose of the workshop was to enable the counsellors understand the psychological dynamics and the status of mental health of the domestic violence survivor, and address them in counselling. Such inputs would enhance the quality of counselling and make it more effective.
3. Organising/ conducting courses
UGC sponsored ‘Refresher Course’ on ‘Integrating Gender in Legal and Social Science Pedagogy’ – 17th Sept to 7th Oct 2015: The aim of this course was to provide a gender perspective and integrate the understanding while teaching subjects of law and social sciences. Themes covered were as follows:
Gender, patriarchy and feminism
Gender, Human Rights, Policy and Law
Gender discrimination and gender justice
Violence against women
Gender, disability and law
Women and work
Women, political participation and governance
Gender, Law and Development
Women, land and other natural resources and law
- Providing consultancy/ advice
Review on the research report on the ‘Role of NGOs as stakeholders in the context of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act’: the study was carried out by MASUM, Pune. WSC reviewed the study report and assisted in formulating recommendations to the government for appointment of ‘Service Providers’ as per the PWDVA.
The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition, and Redressal) Act, 2013
Consultancy and advice on the Act was provided to few corporates and colleges in drafting policy against sexual harassment at workplace. Orientation sessions for the ‘Internal Complaints Committees’ and employee awareness about the Act were also conducted.