Gender & Sexuality

Priya Ramani verdict has expanded the law on sexual harassment

February 24, 2021 | Jayna Kothari

In this article published by Indian Express, Jayna Kothari, Senior Advocate & Executive Director at Center for Law and Policy Research argues that the recent Priya Ramani judgment has expanded the law on sexual harassment and provided the opportunity to widen the defences against defamation law. Most importantly, she states that now, victimisation should also be recognised as a form of sexual harassment and discrimination.

‘Authorities haven’t internalised legislations’

May 12, 2019 | Jayna Kothari

Writing for the Deccan Herald, Senior Advocate Jayna Kothari responds to recent controversy concerning Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi. With a review of the present state of justice when it comes to violence against women, she argues that the problem lies in implementation.

CJI Gogoi sexual harassment case: What can SC do to regain credibility after latest crisis?

May 1, 2019 |

Contributing to The Print’s Talk Point, Satya Prasoon argues that the Supreme Court of India must embrace “substantive due process”, in order to regain credibility. The Supreme Court is an credibility crisis after sexual harassment allegations were raised against the Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi.

Child Marriage FAQs Brochures: Kannada

September 25, 2018

As part of our collaborative work with Centre for Reproductive Rights, we translated easy-to-understand FAQ Brochures on Child Marriage for our outreach in Karnataka. The brochure contains the relevant legal framework around Child Marriage in India.

Joseph Shine vs. Union of India

October 9, 2018 |

CLPR represented the intervenor Vimochana in the Supreme Court and challenged the constitutionality of the offence of adultery under Section 497 of the IPC. We argued against adultery as an offence by invoking the fundamental right to privacy and argued that the right to intimate association is a facet of privacy which is protected under the Constitution. The Supreme Court unanimously struck down Section 497 of the Indian Penal Code as being violative of Articles 14. 15 & 21 of the Constitution.


Dec 2019

Book discussion on Sameena Dalwai’s ‘Bans and Bars Girls – Performing Caste in Mumbai’s Dance Bars’

Venue Centre for Law and Policy Research, Bangalore

Time 4:30pm

On August 16, 2005, the Maharashtra government summarily banned dancing by bar girls in Mumbai’s 1,250 dance bars. The amended Bombay Police Act prohibited dancing in any establishment where alcohol was served, but the prohibition was selective: five star hotels, clubs and upscale discothèques were exempt.

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Apr 2019

CLPR | Sexual and Reproductive Rights in India | Social Movements and Legal Battles

Venue Bangalore International Centre

Time 9.30 AM - 5.00 PM

This conference aims to bring together prominent Sexual & Reproductive Rights (SRR) activists, academics and lawyers to evaluate the past, present and future of SRR work in India. Our objective is to draw attention to the issues that are often implicitly or explicitly excluded from the ambit of SRR.

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Oct 2018

Shaping Law. Shaping Gender – Experiences from India

Venue Humboldt University of Berlin


Jayna Kothari participated in the Interdisciplinary Workshop held on 11 – 13 October 2018 at Humboldt University of Berlin. She was one of the panelists in ‘Systems of Inequality’ and presented her paper titled ‘Is the Supreme Court Cherry Picking its Gender Battles?’

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Dec 2017

Discussion on the Supreme Court verdict in the Independent Thought case

Venue Centre for Law and Policy Research

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

CLPR invites lawyers, CSOs, government officials and academics to discuss the details of the judgment, on how it could be implemented and its impact on the Karnataka amendments to the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act 2006 (PCMA).

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Live Law

Enquiry On Sexual Harassment Allegations Against CJI Should Not Proceed In Complainant’s Absence

May 2, 2019

LiveLaw reports on two press statements released by civil society groups regarding the enquiry into sexual harassment allegations against CJI Gogoi. Senior Advocate Jayna Kothari’s name listed among others expressing solidarity with Complainant’s decision to withdraw from case. 

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Radio Active interviews Jayna Kothari on Child Marriage

March 20, 2019

In Episode 2 of its Ba Baduku series, Radio Active interviews Senior Advocate Jayna Kothari on the various laws prohibiting child marriage. They focus on the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act (PCMA) and the 2016 Karnataka amendment to the Act.

Mirror Now

Dignity March: Sexual abuse survivors to cover 10,000 kms to end social stigma

December 21, 2018

Over 5,000 survivors of sexual violence across the country Thursday embarked on a 65-day-long ‘Dignity March’ from the city, which will culminate in New Delhi on February 22, its organisers said. CLPR Managing Director and Senior Advocate Jayna Kothari was present at the launch of the march at Somaiya Ground.

Times of India

When I had brought out the issue of casting couch, everyone had denied its existence 

October 21, 2018

In the wake of the #MeToo movement that has seen several actors come forward with their stories of sexual harassment and abuse, including those in the Kannada film industry for Rights and Equality (FIRE) want people from the industry to raise their voices. Jayna Kothari, is a member of FIRE’s Internal Complaints Committee.

Acid Attack Survivors: Implementing Their Right to Dignity

March 18, 2021 | Mihir Rajamane

The Supreme Court has consistently held that the State has an obligation towards acid attack survivors and given elaborate judgements for compensation to be provided. However, the principles of equality and dignity are rarely realised for them in practice. This post focuses on their right to seek monetary compensation and also recognized as persons with disabilities.