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AIDWA Demands Appeal Against Sati Judgement

Untitled Document AIDWA Demands Appeal Against Sati Judgement:     15 February, 2004       THE All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) appeals to the Rajasthan government to immediately appeal against the shocking exoneration by the special court of all the accused in the Roop Kanwar sati case. It is a mockery of justice...

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Memorandum to Law Minister on HC Judgement in Marriage Of A Minor

Memorandum to Law Minister on HC Judgement in Marriage Of A Minor Girl     16 October, 2005       THE union law minister H R Bharadwaj gave a categorical assurance to a delegation of the All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA), which met him on October 8, that the union law ministry would immediately file an appeal ag...

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Memo to Union Minister Of Law For Marriage Age Eligibility

MEMORANDUM TO LAW MINISTER 8 October, 2005 Author To Shri H.R. Bhardwaj Hon'ble Minister for Law Government of India New Delhi   Dear Shri Bharadwaj ji,   On behalf of the All India Democratic Women's Association, we wish to express our deep concern about the recent judgment of the Delhi High Court,...

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Memo to Union Minister Of Law

MEMORANDUM TO THE UNION MINISTER OF LAW: SCRAP SEC 377     18 September, 2003       To The Union Minister for Law, Government of India New Delhi-110001   Dear Shri Jaitly ji,   The enclosed statement is to express our strong protest at the Government petition in the...

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AIDWA Welcomes SC Directive On Sex Determination Tests

AIDWA Welcomes SC Directive On Sex Determination Tests     10 February, 2002       THE All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) has welcomed the Supreme Court directive to the state governments to seize the ultrasound machines in unregistered clinics, in an attempt to prevent the sex-determination tests. This will have a pos...

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AIDWA Welcomes Reforms In Maintenance Law

AIDWA WELCOMES REFORM IN MAINTENANCE LAW 3 June, 2001 Author THE All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) has welcomed the initiative taken by the union law minister Arun Jaitly, to implement the long pending recommendations for reforms in Section 125 which relate to maintenance for women and children. The proposals made by him and reportedly approved by the cabinet for interim maintenance to women within two...

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Retrograde HC Judgement on Child Marriage Being Put To Use

Retrograde HC Judgement on Child Marriage Being Put To Use 16 October, 2005       THE Janwadi Mahila Samiti (JMS), Delhi state committee, expressed its shock over the growing incidents of child marriage and the support extended to these by the administration, especially the police, through their refusal to intervene to stop such incidents even when they are brought to their notic...

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On SC Verdict on Two Child Norm

On SC Verdict on Two-Child Norm 10 August, 2003       THE Supreme Court judgement upholding the two-child norm for contesting panchayat elections is in contradiction to the Cairo declaration, to which India is a signatory, and to the National Population Policy charter that eschews coercive methods in population control. By giving its stamp of appr...

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Note On pcpndt Act

NOTE ON PCPNDT ACT The Law To Prevent Sex Selection:   In the 1980s modern medical technologies, such as amniocentesis, which were useful for the detection of abnormalities in the foetus, began to be misused for determining the sex of the foetus. This resulted in the rising numbers of selective abortions of the female foetuses and a sharp decline in sex ratios.   A national law, the Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques (R...

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Memorandum on The Protection From Domestic Violence Bill

Memorandum on The Protection From Domestic Violence Bill 2004 27 June, 2005   To Shri S.R. Bharadwaj, Union Minister for Law and Justice, Shastri Bhawan, New Delhi.   Dear Shri Bharadwajji,   We welcome the move by the present Govt. to introduce the Domestic Violence Bill 2004 in the parliament. However, apart from certain other lacunae, the pres...

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MEMORANDUM ON DELHI HC ORDER ON AGE OF CONSENT

9 October 2005 Dear Shri Bharadwajji, On behalf of the All India Democratic Women’s Association, we wish to express our deep concern about the recent judgment of the Delhi High Court, which lays down a general principle that the marriage of a minor girl is justified on grounds that it was of her own volition. Child marriage continues to be one of the major reasons for continuing high rates of maternal and child mortality in India, and adversely affects women’s educational and social status. By advancing the argument that a girl above 15 years can be said to have reached...

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MEMORANDUM TO CHIEF JUSTICE ON ORDER REGARDING DOWRY

16 January 2007 To:                                                                                             Hon’ble Justice K.G. Balakrish...

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MEMORANDUM FOR A GENDER JUST LEGISLATIVE AGENDA

12 March 2007 To The Honorable Prime Minister Shri Manmohan Singh Government of India New Delhi   Dear Shri Manmohan Singhji, In the course of the twenty-five years of struggle by the All India Democratic Women's Association for gender equality, the agenda for gender just laws has been a significant component of our multidimensional campaigns. Our legal interventions have been based on the needs and concerns of women of different sections of our society. Several important reforms in women related laws have been made in a positive response to women’s movements....

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Women protest Against Judges Remark on Dowry Cases.

Protest Against Judge’s Remark On Dowry Cases 1 June, 2003   ON May 22 afternoon,a large number of women staged a demonstration in front of Delhi High Court to protest against the remarks made by Justice J D Kapoor to the effect that sections 498 A and 406 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), that relate to the dowry related crimes, were being misused to harass the grooms’ families. The judge even said that these sections were bei...

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SUBMISSIONS TO THE PARLIAMENTARY STANDING COMMITTEE ON HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT ON THE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE IMMORAL TRAFFIC (PREVENTION) ACT OF 1956

9 October 2006 Dear Chairperson and Members of the Committee, The All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) is a women’s organization with a membership of over 9 million women across the country. Its main membership is from the poorer sections of women from rural India and urban slums. It deals with all issues concerning women as women, citizens, and workers. Some of the main issues that AIDWA deals with concern the most marginalized and poorest sections of society.   AIDWA runs around 125 centers to help women in situations of violence, and provides leg...

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PROTEST AGAINST DELHI HC JUDGMENT ON AGE OF CONSENT OF MARRIAGE

 9 October 2005   The All India Democratic Women’s Association takes strong exception to the recent judgment of the Delhi High Court that lays down a general principle that the marriage of a minor girl is justified on grounds that it was of her own volition. Historically, the Child Marriage Restraint Act came into being as a result of a long debate and struggle on the question of the age of consent. Child marriage continues to be one of the major reasons for continuing high rates of maternal and female mortality in India, and adversely affects women’s educational and so...

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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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