CLPR Broadcast | September 2020

September 3, 2020 | Ritambhara Singh


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Beyond the Binary: Advancing Legal Recognition for Intersex Persons in India


CLPR has released a policy brief titled, “Beyond the Binary: Advancing Legal Recognition for Intersex Persons in India” which argues for the need to recognize intersex persons legally. Legal recognition of intersex rights will create more awareness about the unique identity of intersex persons and will also help in curbing IGM and other forms of stigma faced by intersex persons. Though the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019 has defined ‘persons with intersex variations’, it has not extended any specific legal protection for the intersex community. Read More


Litigation: PIL by National Federation of the Blind


Recently CLPR represented the National Federation of the Blind in a public interest litigation filed in the High Court of Karnataka as the guidelines issued by the Central government for public examinations were not being followed by the Karnataka Public Service Commission for the exams for the post of Gazetted Probationers. Visually impaired candidates were not being provided scribes by the Commission and also the 20 mins per hour compensatory time. The Karnataka High court passed an interim order directing these provisions to be made available for the visually impaired candidates. Read More


Bergen Exchanges on Law and Social Transformation 2020


Jayna Kothari, Executive Director at CLPR gave the keynote address at the Bergen Exchanges 2020 organized by the Centre on Law and Social Transformation where she spoke about some of the recent constitutional developments on Gender (In) equality in India. She argued that despite some progressive judgments by the Supreme Court on gender equality, the Court was selective in its approach and didn’t want to question the status quo.

SC Observer Recent Updates 


Last month, the SC Observer team did extensive coverage on Prashant Bhushan’s contempt case and also wrote two desk briefs: the first brief tried to identify the contempt power of the apex court; the second asked how the court would rule in Bhushan’s contempt case. Read More: Desk Brief I & Desk Brief II

National Education Policy & Constituent Assembly Debates team wrote two desk briefs focussing on the recent release of National Education Policy 2020: the first briefly traced the constitutional values in the education policies implemented till now by the Government of India. The recent Policy is the first to make necessary ‘the excerpts from the Indian Constitution’ as essential reading for students; the second located the constituent assembly debates on the demand for mother-tongue instruction in schools. Read More: Desk Brief I & Desk Brief II


Additionally, under the new series of Writings on the Indian Constitution, the team wrote about Ornit Sahni’s book ‘How India Became Democratic’ that deals with the processes and institutions involved in the preparation of electoral roll for India’s first general elections. Read More

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