AIDWA

SUBMISSION OF MEMORANDUM TO HOME MINISTER ON AMENDMENTS TO CRIMINAL LAW ON SEXUAL ASSAULT

22 March, 2007 A delegation from AIDWA, comprising its General Secretary, Sudha Sundararaman, Vice President, Pramila Pandhe, Legal Convenor, Kirti Singh and Asst. Secretary Ashalata met the Home Minister, Shri Shivraj Patil and submitted a memorandum requesting that the introduction of Criminal Law Amendments to deal with child sexual abuse, and to incorporate substantive and procedural sections in other forms of sexual assault, eve teasing etc should be speeded up, and the Bill should be placed in Parliament at an early date. The memorandum highlighted the following points: The Cri...

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SC JUDGMENT REGARDING IRRETRIEVABLE BREAKDOWN OF MARRIAGE AS A GROUNDS FOR DIVORCE

22 September 2009 The All India Democratic Women’s Association welcomes the Bombay High Court judgment allowing the adoption of a second female child by a couple, who already had a biological girl child. The couple had earlier obtained guardianship of the minor girl who had lived with them for four years. The court allowed the adoption by overriding the specific prohibition in the Hindu Adoption and Maintenance Act 1956, that a Hindu adoptive father or mother should not have a living Hindu daughter or a son’s daughter. In upholding the adoption the court relied upon the Ju...

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ON MUMBAI HC ORDER REGARDING ADOPTION OF SECOND CHILD

22 September 2009 The All India Democratic Women’s Association welcomes the Bombay High Court judgment allowing the adoption of a second female child by a couple, who already had a biological girl child. The couple had earlier obtained guardianship of the minor girl who had lived with them for four years. The court allowed the adoption by overriding the specific prohibition in the Hindu Adoption and Maintenance Act 1956, that a Hindu adoptive father or mother should not have a living Hindu daughter or a son’s daughter. In upholding the adoption the court relied upon the Ju...

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ON BILL FOR PROTECTION OF WOMEN AGAINST SEXUAL HARASSMENT AT THE WORKPLACE

 7th November 2010 AIDWA welcomes the introduction in the Lok Sabha of the Bill on the Protection of Women against Sexual Harassment at the Work place. This bill has been introduced after a consistent struggle by women’s organizations for several years. However, AIDWA is deeply concerned about certain provisions in the draft. It is unfortunate that “false and malicious complaints” of sexual harassment have been made punishable in the proposed law. This is totally against the Vishahka Judgment which had clearly stated that no action should be taken against a woman for...

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ON ADVISORY REGARDING SECTION 498A IPC

 3 November 2009 AIDWA is deeply concerned about the letter reported to have been sent by the Home Ministry to all the state governments advising them that arrest under S. 498A should be the “last resort”. According to AIDWA and the experience of several women’s groups it is not true that this clause, which deals with cruelty and harassment against women, is widely misused. In fact, AIDWA has often found it extremely difficult to use S. 498A, to register cases under it and to make the police act in several genuine cases of often poor and middle class women, who have bee...

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NOTE ON AMENDMENTS MOVED BY BRINDA KARAT ON THE CrPC AMENDMENT BILL

January 2009 In Para 3 of the bill the insertion of the new proviso to S24 CrPC should be amended to read as under:  “Provided that the Court shall permit the victim to engage an advocate of her/his choice to prosecute the case on her/his behalf” In Para 30 of the bill in the proposed table which makes certain offences compoundable by specified persons the following offences should be deleted:   Criminal breach of trust- 406 Assault or criminal force to woman  with intent to outrage her modesty- 354 Utter...

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MEMORANDUM TO LAW MINISTER ON IRRETRIEVABLE BREAKDOWN OF MARRIAGE

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ON UNION BUDGET 2004-2005: INADEQUATE FOR WOMEN

8th July 2004 The Union budget marks a change, though highly inadequate from the previous NDA Government’s blatantly pro-rich and pro-MNC policies. The concerns expressed by the Finance Minister for sections which were hitherto invisible as far as the NDA Government was concerned as, for example, the rural poor and their needs such as employment, housing, water, is welcome and will benefit women of these sections. The thrust given to rural infrastructure and increased credit for farmers is necessary to reverse the anti-farmer policies of the previous regime. We welcome the steps...

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ON BUDGET 2003-2004: A BUDGET BIASED AGAINST WOMEN, THE POOR AND RURAL INDIA

28th February 2003 The All India Democratic Women’s Association challenges the Finance Minister’s assertion that housewives will welcome his maiden budget exercise. His budget mocks at the needs and demands of housewives and working women in India. RURAL HOUSEWIVES His definition of housewife clearly excludes the millions of rural housewives whose family budgets will be badly hit by the anti-rural bias in the budget reflected in the hike in prices of light diesel oil and fertilizers. Further, the meagre increase of the Antyodaya scheme to only 50 lakh families, hardly one...

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MEMORANDUM ON PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO MATERNITY BENEFIT ACT

3 July 2007 To:                                                                               The Chairperson, & the Hon’ble Members, Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour, New Delhi. Subj...

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DISCUSSION NOTE ON AMENDMENTS TO THE IMMORAL TRAFFIC (PREVENTION) ACT, 1956

One major point requiring discussion is whether in this Act, the focus should be on prevention of prostitution or on the prevention of trafficking in the larger sense of the term as covered in International Protocol on trafficking .In the present Act, Section 5, and in the proposed amendments Sections 5A and 5B also, deal with procuring and trafficking. Section 6 deals with detention of person in a brothel and Section 11 deals with notification of addresses of previously convicted offenders under Sections 363,365, 366A,366B, 367,368,370, 37...

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MEMORANDUM TO RAJYA SABHA PETITIONS COMMITTEE ON SECTION 498-A IPC

23rd December 2010 The All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) is deeply shocked and distressed that the Rajya Sabha Petitions Committee is considering a Petition filed by one Dr. Anupama Singh to completely dilute and undermine the provisions of Sec 498-A of the IPC. The petition of this doctor has demanded that Sec 498-A be made non- cognizable, bailable and compoundable. Sec 498-A recognizes the fact that acute domestic violence and dowry related torture is a serious offence, and prescribes a punishment of upto three years for it. The attempt in this petition is to...

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MEMORANDUM ON DRAFT BILL AGAINST SEXUAL HARASSMENT AT WORKPLACE

30 March 2007    To The Secretary, Government of India, Ministry of Women and Child Development, Shastri Bhavan, New Delhi 110001 Dear Madam, We are writing to you on behalf of the All India Democratic Women’s Association which has a membership of over 1 crore women throughout the country. We welcome the initiative of the government in circulating the proposed draft of the Protection of Women against Harassment at Workplace Bill, 2007, for comments. We feel that a law on sexual harassment at the workplace is essential and should be urgently introduced to ta...

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LETTER BY BRINDA KARAT, MP ON APPOINTMENT OF A FULL-TIME CHAIRPERSON OF THE WOMEN'S COMMISSION

7 September 2009 Dear Dr. Manmohan Singh ji, This to draw your kind attention to the absence of a fulltime Chairperson of the National Commission for Women. The present incumbent Dr. Girija Vyas whose work in the Commission has earned her the highest regard and respect, was elected to the Lok Sabha and has therefore to shoulder her responsibilities as a Member of Parliament. During the last session of Parliament I had spoken to the Minister concerned Krishna Tirath as well as Dr. Girija Vyas, and both of them had agreed that a fulltime Chairperson is required. However, since thr...

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STATEMENT ON SUPREME COURT JUDGMENT DEFINING CRUELTY UNDER S 498 IPC

 6 August 2009  AIDWA expresses its deep concern about the recent Supreme Court Judgement defining cruelty and states that it proceeds on a wrong understanding of what constitutes cruelty under Section 498 A, IPC.  The judgement, which has been reported in the daily newspapers on the 5th and 6th of August, 2009, reportedly states that kicking a daughter in law with a leg or threatening her with divorce will not amount to cruelty.   It further states that constant sermons by the mother in law, poisoning her son against the daughter in law and giving her daughter in l...

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MEMORANDUM ON BUDGET 2008-09

A delegation of Women Organisations met with the Finance Minister Mr P. Chidambaram on 14th February 2008 and presented to him a memorandum requesting for additional budgetary allocations and strengthening of schemes benefiting women and children. The detailed memorandum is enclosed Noting the contents the Finance Minister assured that he will look into the concerns specially those related to widows pension. He further advised that the Women Organisation should approach the States and make them accountable as it is their responsibility to ensure that the funds allocated by the Centr...

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MEMORANDUM ON BUDGET 2004-5

MEMORANDUM FROM WOMEN’S ORGANISATIONS FOR A GENDER JUST BUDGET                                                                                           ...

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THE 2009-2010 UNION BUDGET SHORTCHANGES WOMEN

6 July 2009 The AIDWA expresses its deep concern over the budget proposals of 2009-10. The budget speech shows that the UPA government has betrayed the trust of the aam aadmi and aam aurat who had reposed their faith in the UPA in the recent elections. Our vulnerability to the recession afflicting the rest of the world is evident in the decline in growth rates by 2.3 per cent within a single year. Naturally, women will be the worst affected in this process, and therefore AIDWA had expected the budget to provide some relief to them. Instead of this, the main focus of the budget is on pr...

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GENERAL POLICY DIRECTION OF UNION BUDGET 2011-12 DISAPPOINTING

28th February 2011 The AIDWA is disappointed by the general policy direction of the budget which has placed double digit growth as a priority over addressing the distress and problems of the common people. The Goddess of Lakshmi has been invoked by the Finance Minister (!), but the Finance Minister has been unwilling to allocate the necessary resources to help the ordinary women of this country. The last year has seen an alarming increase in food prices and unemployment rates across the board. Instead of adopting policy measures to provide support to these sections, the budget will o...

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JOINT MEMORANDUM ON BUDGET 2006-07

2nd Feb. 2006 To: The Hon. Finance Minister, Government of India New Delhi 110 001 Dear Shri Chidambaram ji, We represent National Women’s Organizations that have been conducting struggles of women for their just rights and working consistently, and jointly, on gender issues for many years. At the outset, we would like to once again bring to your notice the need to extend the practice of having pre-budget consultations with different sections to women’s organizations, and representatives of women, to enhance the gender component of the national budget. This is essenti...

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