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Justice For Women

The violation of women’s fundamental rights through physical, mental, emotional, and sexual violence against women has become almost commonplace in the Indian context. Violence against women has taken particularly acute forms in circumstances where populations are already marginalized, such as in areas affected by armed conflict, areas undergoing mass displacement. Women in the Tribal belts and amongst Dalit populations are already vulnerable, and become even more so in areas affected by conflict. There is therefore a pressing need for the judiciary to recognize and address the particular forms of violence levied against women who are ‘doubly marginalised’ by caste, class, religion, or in situations conflict. Customary routinely laws discriminate against women, both by denying justice to victims of violence and by dispossessing women from their shares in land and property. A number of laws that protect women from discrimination have also either inadequate, or have not been properly implemented.

The framework of ‘women’s justice’ involves not only the prevention of specific forms of violence and discrimination against women, but also encompasses all other human rights, including the right to food and health; disability, housing labour rights; dalit/ tribal/ adivasi rights; environmental justice; criminal justice, etc. With this holistic vision of equality and gender justice, ‘Society For Social Vision’ works directly with poor and marginalized women as well as through legal education, advocacy and policy analysis to continue the struggle for women’s rights.

In order to achieve our objectives, we adopt a multi-pronged strategy to deal with the various facets of women’s rights violations. ‘Society For Social Vision’ intends to engage in strategic litigation through PILs in the High Courts and the Supreme Court for systematic changes as well as the implementation of policy and women’s rights laws. Through legal aid and counseling we intend to provide women with representation women in cases including divorce, domestic violence, matrimonial remedies, guardianship, custody, adoption, property rights, sexual harassment, etc. ‘Society For Social Vision’ intends opposing bail of the accused in cases of violence against women, particularly in cases of rape, dowry harassment, domestic violence, and acid-attacks. Society For Social Vision’ intend to provide legal counseling to women at various women’s crime cells, and to women prisoners; consistently monitor and review the implementation of laws and policies related to women; impart legal education and training for social activists, mahila panchayats, police personnel, lawyers, law students, paralegals, etc; support campaigns to influence public opinion, policies and legislation in support of a violence-free society for women.

Issues Of Concern

Rape and sexual assault

Domestic violence

Sexual harassment in the workplace and in educational institutions

Matrimonial disputes, custody, divorce

Women’s property and inheritance rights

Reproductive and sexual health rights of women/ adolescent girls

Pre-birth sex-selection and elimination of female foetuses

Trafficking for commercial sexual exploitation, domestic work, marriage, etc.

‘Honour’ based crimes against women/ ‘honour killings’

Equal employment opportunities for women and labour rights.

Rights of doubly marginalized sections of women like HIV+ women, dalit and tribal women, women prisoners, lesbians, bisexuals,      disabled women.

Any other gender based discrimination/exploitation

‘Society For Social Vision’ is seeking to create a voluntary network of lawyers and social activists to make use of the law to oppose all forms of gender-based discrimination and violence against women and to increase women’s access to the justice system as a vital means to their empowerment. We invite lawyers who can be a part of our network and do free & voluntary legal services to promote women’s justice.

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