The Dissenting Judgment Versus the Razing of Equality

November 25, 2022

Writing in The Hindu, Jayna highlights the intersectional nature of inequality and how the exclusion of socially backward classes from the EWS category is unconstitutional. She further argues that the exclusion of SC, ST, and OBC communities from reservations would amount to discrimination and a clear violation of the Indian Constitution.


Notes on Allyship

October 12, 2022 | Rajeev Anand Kushwah

In this opinion piece, published by Gaysi, Rajeev Anand Kushwah explores the understanding of Allyship, exploring what constitutes effective allyship, and what support straight allies can extend to queer movements and communities.


Pride Matters | Beyond Sec 377, the call for trans equality reaches a crescendo

July 12, 2022

In this article published by the Hindustan Times, Jayna Kothari highlights the need to support the transgender rights movement amidst the various human rights violations happening worldwide. In her piece, she says “Everyone needs to join the battle for trans rights, because the systemic changes required to put these basic rights in place would benefit everyone.”


Recognising caste-based violence against women

June 1, 2021

In this article published by The Hindu, Jayna Kothari, Senior Advocate & Executive Director at Center for Law and Policy Research argues that how the recent Supreme Court judgment in Patan Jamal v. State of Andhra Pradesh missed an opportunity to use the concept of intersectionality to uphold the conviction under the Prevention of Atrocities Act (PoA) 1989. Despite highlighting the need for an intersectional approach that takes into account the multiple marginalities faced by the victim, the apex court failed to set a larger precedent recognising caste-based violence against women.


Equality Bill 2021: Takes a New Step in Addressing Discrimination, Recognising Intersectionality & Promoting Equality.

January 8, 2021

CLPR’s draft Equality Bill 2021 takes a new step in addressing discrimination experienced by people on the basis of caste, gender, religion, transgender and intersex identity, disability and other grounds. It aims to promote equality, prohibit different types of discriminatory conduct, provide adequate civil remedies and set up fora for redressal that are accessible and effective in addressing discrimination.


UP anti-conversion law amounts to discrimination and a violation of the right to equality

December 19, 2020 | Jayna Kothari

In this article published by Indian Express, Jayna Kothari, Senior Advocate & Executive Director at Center for Law and Policy Research argues that new UP Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance 2020 leads to serious violation of the right to equality based on religion. She also adds that there is no evidence to support the argument of harms if any, of inter-faith marriages.


Situating Access to Justice During COVID-19: India’s Business and Human Rights Obligations

September 30, 2020 | Almas Shaikh

In this paper published by Socio-Legal Review, Almas Shaikh writes about India’s obligations under the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). Focusing on the 3rd pillar, access to remedy, She shows the specific need for an accessible framework to address business and human rights violations, especially in the context of COVID-19.


Trans Equality in India : Affirmation Of The Right To Self-Determination Of Gender

September 28, 2020 | Jayna Kothari

In this paper published by NUJS Law Review, Jayna Kothari, Senior Advocate & Executive Director argues that the verdicts in NALSA and Navtej had the negligible impact on preventing deprivation of basic rights and legal recognition for the transgender community. She examines how the right to life also includes the right to bodily integrity which precludes the reliance of a medical model to decide gender identity, as is required in Indian law at present, and examines Indian and comparative jurisprudence on this issue.


Reservation as a political imperative

September 18, 2020

In this article published by Frontline, co-authored by Thulasi K Raj along with Kaleeswaram Raj & Bastian Steuwer, they argue that even though a right to the reservation may not be culled out from the equality code of the Constitution, it nevertheless remains a significant political and moral duty.


The Intersection of Disability and Caste

July 20, 2020 | Jayna Kothari | Almas Shaikh | Aj Agrawal

This Policy paper explores the importance of the intersections of disability and caste. The authors argue that to address the fulfillment of basic social rights of employment, education, housing & health for the most vulnerable, there is need to look at people from inter sectional perspective. The Policy paper also recommends empirical research and data collection to understand depth of the socio-economic deprivation faced by Dalits/Adivasi persons with disabilities, need of inter sectional approach in policy and welfare schemes, need of Anti-discrimination law and also for social movements to work together for overall welfare of marginalized sections of the society.


Why India needs an equality law

June 3, 2020 | Jayna Kothari

In this piece published by Deccan Herald, Jayna Kothari argues that this is a high time when India needs an equality law that would provide a broad framework to address stigma and discrimination prevalent in the society which is quite openly visible during this pandemic and also impose positive duties and obligations on governments and private actors to ensure that all their actions and measures are non-discriminatory.


Tackling Caste Discrimination Through Law: A Policy Brief on Implementation of Caste Discrimination Laws in India

This Policy Brief reviews the status of implementation of the three important legislations addressing caste discrimination in India namely, the Protection of Civil Rights Act, 1955, the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, and the Prohibition of Employment of Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013 in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.


Intersections of Caste and Gender: Implementation of Devadasi Prohibition Laws

November 25, 2019 | Jayna Kothari | Deekshitha Ganesan | Jayalakshmi

CLPR’s policy brief on the Devadasi practice in States like Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra investigates the prevalence of the practice and reviews the implementation of legislations prohibiting the practice. The policy brief pays close attention to the intersectional discrimination faced by Devadasi women due to their caste, class, and gender and suggests a range of recommendations from statutory amendments to regular empirical studies and training programmes to strengthen the working of the legislations.


Intersectionality: A Report on Discrimination based on Caste with the intersections of Sex, Gender Identity and Disability in South India

August 8, 2019

CLPR’s report collates the life experiences of intersectional discrimination in the four South Indian States of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu to understand the relationship between different intersecting identities and various sites of discrimination. The report finds that individuals who fall at the intersection of multiple identities face aggravated forms of discrimination in their daily lives. These gaps in the legal landscape are best addressed by a single and comprehensive equality legislation that adopts a broad approach and imposes positive equality duties on the State and private actors.


Findings of the CLPR’s Research on Intersectional Discrimination

November 28, 2018 | Deekshitha Ganesan

CLPR has conducted qualitative and quantitative research on discrimination faced by persons at the intersection of caste with gender, gender identity and disability. We presented the preliminary findings of the study on 21 November 2018 at a consultation organised with community members and other stakeholders. CLPR intends to prepare and publish a detailed report on the methodology and results of the study shortly.


A Critique of the Draft Equality Bill

August 3, 2016 | Dr. Sudhir Krishnaswamy

This article is a comment on the Draft Equality Bill, 2016 drafted by Tarunabh Khaitan. It focuses on two central issues. The first is the very concept of equality the Bill propounds and its conflict with other rights guaranteed under the Constitution. The other, is the standard of judicial review envisaged under the bill. It casts doubt on the premise that a court centric model of achieving equality is the best way to achieve equality in a country where millions do not have access to justice.


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Dr. Akkai Padmashali and Ors. v. Union of India

March 17, 2023 | Aparna Mehrotra

Petitioners being members of the transgender community have filed this Writ Petition seeking a declaration that all references to “husband” and “wife” and “male” and “female” in the Special Marriage Act, 1954 be read to include the words “spouse” to include all persons irrespective of their gender identity and sexual orientation.

Women’s Voice v. State of Karnataka & Ors | Hijab Ban Appeal in Supreme Court

October 13, 2022 | Sriraksha V Srivatsav

CLPR on behalf of Women’s Voice, an organization which works specifically for rights of marginalized women filed a Special Leave Petition in the Supreme Court challenging the order dated 15.03.2022 passed by the Hon’ble High Court of Karnataka in Writ Petition No. 2347 of 2022. The Judgment not only held that the wearing of Hijab by Muslim women does not form a part of essential religious practice in Islamic faith, but also that the prescription of school uniforms which prohibit head scarves is a reasonable restriction and that it does not violate Articles 14, 15, 19(1)(a), and 21 of the Constitution of India, and that the Government Order dated 05.02.2022 which prohibits head scarves in universities is valid


Feb 2023

CLPR Talks: Understanding Global Perspectives on Caste-Based Discrimination

Venue Centre for Law & Policy Research D6, Dona Cynthia Apartments, 35, Primrose Road, Ashok Nagar Bengaluru – 560025

Time 5 pm onwards

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Aug 2022

Why (Queer) History Matters: The Politics of History

Venue Online

Time 12:30 PM

University of Bergen is organising "Why (Queer) History Matters: The Politics of History" an international and interdisciplinary conference on 29–30 August 2022.

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Aug 2022

Bergen Exchanges on Law and Social Transformation 2022

Venue Zoom

Time 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Jayna Kothari, Senior Advocate & Executive Director at CLPR, will be a speaker at Bergen Exchanges on Law and Social Transformation 2022, scheduled on 22nd to 26th August.

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If Husband Is Living A Good Life, Wife Cannot Be Asked To Lead A Deprived Life: Karnataka High Court While Enhancing Maintenance

September 19, 2023

The Karnataka High Court has held that if a husband is living a good life, wife cannot be asked to lead a deprived life. It has enhanced the amount of maintenance to the wife. Senior Advocate Jayna Kothari appeared on behalf of the respondent.

The Global Herald

India’s top court refers same-sex marriage recognition case to 5-judge bench | The World

March 17, 2023

India’s Supreme Court will begin hearings in April surrounding legal recognition of same-sex marriages. The Indian government had previously filed a motion opposing LGBTQI+ relationships because they were “not comparable with the Indian family unit “. Jayna Kothari from The Centre for Law and Policy Research tells The World it comes almost five years since the top court de-criminalised a colonial-era ban on gay sex.

CBC News

India may become the largest country to legalize same-sex marriage. Here’s how that could happen

March 17, 2023

A landmark case to legalize same-sex marriage is about to start in India’s highest court. The decision won’t just affect the country’s 1.4 billion residents — it could have global implications and set a precedent in Asia. Jayna Kothari, Senior Advocate and Executive Director of Centre for Law and Policy Research gets interviewed about the petition and gives her insight on how this will affect the rights of the LGBTQIA+ in India.

Feminism In India

Why There Is A Legal Debate On Anti-Conversion Laws In 2023?

February 17, 2023

In 2023, the legal debate around anti-conversion laws is gaining momentum in several states across India. While proponents of these laws argue that they are necessary to protect vulnerable populations, opponents argue that they violate basic human rights and religious freedom. Jayna Kothari, CLPR Executive Director, gets mentioned in the article giving an explanation on the law in the Indian context.

Bulldozing the Rule of Law: Khargone Demolitions and their Illegality

July 15, 2022

n April 2022, the demolition drive undertaken post-Ram Navami celebrations in Khargone city of Madhya Pradesh was criticised as unconstitutional and unlawful. In this blog, Tarusi Jain, our intern, discusses how the demolitions were violative of the Right to Housing under Article 21 of the Indian Constitution, principles of natural justice, and the principles of necessity and proportionality.

Implications of the Recent Supreme Court Order on Sex Work

June 25, 2022 | Varsha Nair

On the night of 17th September 1999, Budhadev Karmaskar entered a brothel on Jogen Dutta Lane in Calcutta. He then proceeded to violently attack and kill a sex worker. A trial Court convicted him under Section 302 of IPC to life imprisonment and the High Court of Calcutta upheld this conviction. When this case of murder eventually reached the Supreme Court as Budhadev Karmaskar v State of West Bengal in 2011, the Apex Court not only dismissed Karmaskar’s appeal against the conviction, but invoked Article 21 of the Constitution to assert that sex workers too had a right to a life of dignity.