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February 25, 2018

This post is part of a series that seeks to explore judgements relating to gender justice and equality in the Indian Courts. As a common law system, we know that it is the combination of legislation passed in parliament and interpretations made by judges that make up t...

January 8, 2018

In India, 94% of rapes are reportedly committed by someone the victim knows, and women are 40 times more likely to be assaulted by their husbands than by strangers. While the term rape under Indian law is defined to clearly mean sexual intercourse that takes place agai...

October 11, 2017

On Wednesday, the Indian Supreme Court, through a Bench comprising of Justices Madan B. Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta, delivered a judgement holding the exception to rape of a minor girl, not aged below 15, by her husband as illegal, by reading down Exception 2 to Sec...

In the aftermath of the Bangalore mass assault, we saw countrywide protests, not just on media, but also on the streets, when, in an awe inspiring movement, women in various cities took to streets, reclaiming their right to go out. Around the same time, another piece o...

January 11, 2017

Following our last post about the incident in Bangalore this New Year’s, we invite you to join us, together with a collective of individuals and organisations across India working to combat violence against women, advocating for women’s right to be seen, heard and be i...

December 15, 2016

When we think of torture or inhuman, degrading and cruel treatment and punishment, we typically think of acts committed by States against individuals in prison and detention facilities. For the longest time, we never considered that gender-based violence like rape, dom...

October 7, 2016

One thing I love about working with SAHR is SAHR's capacity to be self-critical and change course. We question our ethics. We question why we select certain issues over others. We even question if our work really makes a difference.  

Yesterday, Nishma sent me...

October 2, 2016

High conviction rate is almost the sole measure of accountability in sexual assault cases. Historically, high conviction rates demonstrated success in holding offenders accountable and therefore, in bringing justice to victims. Whilst the tendency to rely on conviction...

September 24, 2016

The World Health Organization (WHO) has just published a new toolkit for lawyers and other professionals on strengthening medico-legal responses to victims of sexual violence. This toolkit addresses many of the myths of rape which we have been challenging for many many...