Equality Bill 2019: Takes a New Step in Addressing Discrimination, Recognising Intersectionality & Promoting Equality.

June 11, 2019

CLPR’s draft Equality Bill 2019 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.

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.

Dalits see the apex court’s order on SC/ST Act as a dog whistle to destroy the law

April 10, 2018 | Dr. Sudhir Krishnaswamy

Sudhir Krishnaswamy writes for The Print on the judgement in Dr. Subhash Kashinath Mahajan vs. The State of Maharashtra. Sudhir reviewed and assessed the judgment and public reaction to it. He argues that this case is bad in law and does not meet the standards of judicial decision making.

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.

National Federation of the Blind v. BMTC & Ors.

October 22, 2018 | Deekshitha Ganesan

This Public Interest Litigation was filed by the National Federation of the Blind (Petitioner) in the interest of persons with blindness, under the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 (“RPD Act”). The petition challenged Circular No. 469/2018 dated 06.06.2018 (“Impugned Circular”) issued by the Respondent No. 1, Bangalore Municipal Transport Corporation (“BMTC”), by which the facility of free passes for Vajra (Volvo) buses to persons with total blindness was withdrawn.


Jun 2019

Coffee And Conversations | Student Discussion on the Equality Bill 2019 |

Venue Centre for Law and Policy Research, D6, Dona Cynthia Apartments, 35, Primrose Road, Craig Park Layout, Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560025

Time 5:00 - 7:00 PM

CLPR is hosting a students' "Coffee and Conversations" evening on 26th June, 2019, (Wednesday). The topic for this evening's exciting discussion is the Equality Bill, 2019 drafted by CLPR

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May 2019

CLPR | Equality Bill 2019 | Consultation

Venue Guruswamy Centre, Hyderabad

Time 9.30 AM - 5.00 PM

Through this consultation, we hope to get critical feedback on the text of CLPR's draft Equality Bill 2019. We hope to learn from experiences of civil society organisations and activists who routinely tackle different forms of discrimination and incorporate key insights into the draft.

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Mar 2019

CLPR Occasional Talks #18 | Dr Annapurna Waughray | Caste Discrimination & Equality Law in the UK

Venue Centre for Law and Policy Research, Dona Cynthia Apartments, Primrose Road, Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru - 560025

Time 5.00 PM to 6.30 PM

On 22nd March, CLPR's Occasional Talks series continues with a short lecture led by Dr. Annapurna Waughray: Caste Discrimination and Equality Law in the UK - Public Discourse and Legal Change.

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Mar 2019

Intersex Persons Expert Committee | Intersex Persons and their Rights

Venue Thoughtworks

Time 2.30 - 4.30 PM

This seminar was organised to discuss certain draft guidelines for the rights of Intersex Persons. Sr. Adv. Jayna Kothari attended the event as a resource person to provide guidance on the current legal framework affecting intersex persons, and to suggest future legal reform. CLPR Equality Fellows, I.R. Jayalakshmi and Krithika Balu also attended the seminar.

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Radio Active - Cr 90.4 MHz

A Conversation with Trinetra Gummaraju | Radio Active covers our SRR conference

April 13, 2019

Shruti Sharada interviews Trinetra Gummaraju, who will speak at our conference on Sexual and Reproductive Rights conference, for RadioActive Cr 90.4 Mhz. Gummaraju will speak on the LGBTI+ panel.


Teenager beheaded in southern India in caste-based violence

November 2, 2018

The beheading of a 13 year old girl in Tamil Nadu is another example of caste based violence perpetuated against women. In this article CNN quotes Jayna Kothari who argues for looking at these crimes in an intersectional way: as caste and gender based violence.

Equality Bill 2019 | May 15th Consultation

June 11, 2019 | Avinash Shahi

On 15th May, we organised a consultation on our Equality Bill 2019 (“Bill”) in Hyderabad. The CLPR team presented the provisions of the Bill and sought suggestions, inputs and feedback from the participants, which included various academics and members of civil society organisations working with marginalised groups. This blog post presents the key points of the consultation.