Ritambhara Singh

Communication & Advocacy Director

Ritambhara Singh  has received Bachelor of Technology degree with honors from KNIT Sultanpur in 2010. She completed her post-graduation in Public Policy from Mount Carmel College in 2019. Subsequently, she worked with SPAG, Gurgaon with their Public Affairs and Advocacy Team.

Ritambhara has keen interest in areas of public policy, gender justice and electoral & political reforms.

She is also interested in policy advocacy with a focus on constitutional, political and social issues.

Blog

India needs an institutional framework for Pre-legislative Consultations

May 7, 2020

Amid the coronavirus pandemic and countrywide lockdown, the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment had asked for comments from all stakeholders on the Draft Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Rules 2020 on April 18, 2020.  Initially, the deadline to submit the comments was April 30, 2020. It meant that only 12 days were given to file the comments  – which violated the  Pre-Legislative Consultative Policy (PLCP hereafter) 2014. A range of civil society activists working in the fields of transgender persons’ rights cried foul and this appeared to have an effect.  On April 30, 2020, the government extended the deadline till May 18th, 2020 which exactly met the PLCP guidelines.

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Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Bill 2020

March 19, 2020

The lower house of the Parliament passed the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Bill 2020 (hereafter Bill) in the current budget session on March 17, 2020. This bill amends the earlier Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act 1971. Some key features of the new Bill include: Extension of the gestation period for termination of pregnancy from 20 weeks to 24 weeks, directions to constitute a Medical Board in every State and protecting the privacy of women whose pregnancy has been terminated.

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Tackling Caste Discrimination through Law: Hyderabad Conversations

January 31, 2020

On 27th January 2020, CLPR organized a workshop titled ‘Tackling caste discrimination through Law’, for activists, NGO representatives, and CSO representatives. The workshop aimed at enabling and facilitating a better understanding of caste discrimination laws such as the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, The Protection of Civil Rights Act, 1955, The Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013 and The Andhra Pradesh Devadasis (Prevention of Dedication) Act, 1982.

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