Winding Path to Trans Equality (with Jayna Kothari and Tejas Pande)

June 26, 2020

Bangalore International Centre recorded a podcast with Senior Advocate and Executive Director, CLPR Jayna Kothari where she spoke to Tejus AP about trans rights, important legal judgments in India, the US, and elsewhere in recent years, and the path towards gender equity and inclusion.

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…

The Indian Travel Ban is Over broad

May 22, 2020 | Thulasi K. Raj

In this article published by Asian Legal Conversations- Covid-19 website of Melbourne Law School, Thulasi…

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

March 14, 2020 | Deekshitha Ganesan

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.

CLPR files Applications before Karnataka High Court for protecting transgender persons during the COVID-19 lockdown

April 7, 2020 | Almas Shaikh

The Karnataka High Court has taken up a public interest litigation on relief measures during the COVID lockdown, ranging from access to food and essential items, access to medicines, animal welfare and parole for prisoners. In these ongoing PILs, CLPR has filed an Intervention Application on behalf of Ondede, an organisation working for the rights of transgender persons, and the Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy at the National Law School of India University, Bangalore, which works closely with SC/ST communities especially manual scavenging groups, tribal and forest-dwelling communities, slum dweller and other vulnerable groups.


May 2020

An Evening at the Bangalore Bar

Venue You Tube

Time 7:00 P M-9:30 PM

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Mar 2020

Conversations on the Transgender (Protections of Rights Act) 2019

Venue D6, Dona Cynthia Apartments, 35, Primrose Road, Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru – 560025, India Ph No: 080 4091 2112

Time 2:00 P.M.-5:00 P.M.

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Tackling Caste Discrimination Through Law: CLPR event conducted at Karnataka HC

February 3, 2020

Bar and Bench reported the CLPR event on learning session for lawyers at the Karnataka High Court on the topic of ‘Tackling Caste Discrimination through Law”.

The interactive seminar had four sessions covering various topics such as The Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 1989, Protection of Civil Rights Act, 1955: How can it be effectively used?  Manual Scavenging and the Law, and the Karnataka Devadasi (Prohibition of Dedication) Act, 1982.

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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.

COVID-19, Caste and the City

June 22, 2020 | Almas Shaikh

On 27th May 2020, a tragic image of a child playing beside his dead mother made headlines. Unfortunately, this is only one of the many instances, which has brought to light India’s stark class inequalities during the migrant crisis.

The migrant crisis has certainly brought some attention to class inequality in India. However, we must resist the urge to view the crisis only through class. About 16% of the total intra-state migrants in India belong to the Scheduled Castes (SCs) and 8% to the Scheduled Tribes (STs), almost equal to their share in the total population, as per data from Census 2011. It is then plausible that a significant fraction of migrants attempting to return to their homes during the lockdown are SC/STs. These communities are vulnerable on the account of their class and caste.

Provisions of the POA Act Diluted, This Time by the Courts

June 2, 2020 | C Prabhu

In the implementation of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Prevention of Atrocities Act 1989, the executive has in many cases not adhered to the text and spirit of the legislation. However, it appears that Courts are going in this direction as well – all in the name of COVID-19.