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Publications

Transgender Persons Bill 2018: “A law that defeats its purpose”

December 29, 2018 | Jayna Kothari

Jayna Kothari criticizes the Transgender Persons Bill 2018, stating that it is “a law that defeats its purpose”. She emphasizes that it does not provide transgender and intersex persons with positive rights and ignores the protections provided by the Supreme Court in NALSA, 2014.

Policy Brief on Implementing Reservations for Transgender and Intersex Persons

December 24, 2018 | Deekshitha Ganesan

CLPR’s policy brief develops a comprehensive and functional strategy for the implementation of reservations for transgender and intersex persons in educational institutions and public employment. In order to implement reservations, we must address three principal issues: identification of beneficiaries of reservations, legal basis for reservations and the appropriate form of reservations.

India’s Supreme Court is making landmark judgements in social change

November 22, 2018

In this article Jayna Kothari argues that – In the last few years, public interest litigation at India’s Supreme Court has brought significant wins for human rights—but success is best assured when litigation is linked to broader mobilization.

Litigation

Dr. Akkai Padmashali & Ors vs. Union of India

August 21, 2018 | Jayna Kothari

CLPR represented Dr. Akkai Padmashali, Uma Umesh,  and Suma M in the Supreme Court to challenge Section 377 of the IPC. The Supreme Court held Section 377 as unconstitutional to the extent that it criminalised consensual sexual activity of any kind between adults. It was further held that the provision was manifestly arbitrary and violative of an individuals right to autonomy.

Events

09th

Feb 2019

Kala Ghoda 2019 | Hon’ble Justice DY Chandrachud w/ Sn. Adv. Jayna Kothari

At the Kala Ghoda Festival 2019, Honourable Justice Dr. D Y Chandrachud will be in conversation with Senior Advocate and CLPR Executive Director Jayna Kothari. They will discuss the recent Section 377 judgment, where the Supreme Court decriminalised sexual relations between same-sex and between transgender consenting adults.

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21st

Dec 2018

Release of Policy Brief on Reservation for Transgender and Intersex Persons in Education and Public Employment

CLPR’s policy brief on reservations for transgender and intersex persons proposes the manner of implementation of reservations for the community. The policy brief suggests the way forward in implementing horizontal reservations.

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News And Media

The Times of India

Kala Ghoda 2019 | Justice Chandrachud & Jayna Kothari | ‘If courts are vigilant, liberties will be safe’

February 11, 2019

The Times of India covers the Honourable Justice DY Chandrachud’s panel at the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2019. Justice Chandrachud was in conversation with Senior Advocate and CLPR Executive Director Jayna Kothari. They spoke about the value of the Constitution and the role of the Supreme Court in interpreting it.

Business Standard

Bitter Bill

January 5, 2019

Nikita Puri describes how the trans community is furious with the new Transgender Persons Bill 2018. She interviews CLPR Executive Director and Senior Counsel, Jayna Kothari for a closer analysis of how the Bill fails the community.

Bloomberg Quint

Why Activists call the Transgender Bill Shameful

December 29, 2018

Erwin Fernandes interviews Jayna Kothari for Bloomberg Quint on The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2018. The Lok Sabha passed the Bill in December 2018. In reaction, the trans community led nation-wide protests, criticising the Bill for failing to protect their interests.

Blog

One Step Forward and Two Steps Back on Transgender Rights

January 10, 2019
Deekshitha Ganesan

One Step Forward and Two Steps Back on Transgender Rights

January 10, 2019 | Deekshitha Ganesan

The Rights of Transgender Persons Bill, 2014 [“2014 Bill”] was passed as the first private member Bill in four decades in April 2015. Subsequently, the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2018 [“2018 Bill”] was passed on 17 December 2018 despite fervent objections from the transgender community regarding its problematic provisions. The 2018 Bill, which is currently before the Rajya Sabha, is a volte face on the rights that were guaranteed in the 2014 Bill.

CLPR releases Policy Brief on Implementing Reservations for Transgender and Intersex Persons

December 23, 2018
Deekshitha Ganesan

CLPR releases Policy Brief on Implementing Reservations for Transgender and Intersex Persons

December 23, 2018 | Deekshitha Ganesan

On 21 December 2018, CLPR released its policy brief ‘Making Rights Real: Implementing Reservations for Transgender and Intersex Persons’ at the Bangalore International Centre. The policy brief was released by Hon’ble Mr. Justice L Narayana Swamy of the Karnataka High Court.

Transgender Persons Bill 2018: “A law that defeats its purpose”

December 29, 2018 | Jayna Kothari

Jayna Kothari criticizes the Transgender Persons Bill 2018, stating that it is “a law that defeats its purpose”. She emphasizes that it does not provide transgender and intersex persons with positive rights and ignores the protections provided by the Supreme Court in NALSA, 2014.

Policy Brief on Implementing Reservations for Transgender and Intersex Persons

December 24, 2018 | Deekshitha Ganesan

CLPR’s policy brief develops a comprehensive and functional strategy for the implementation of reservations for transgender and intersex persons in educational institutions and public employment. In order to implement reservations, we must address three principal issues: identification of beneficiaries of reservations, legal basis for reservations and the appropriate form of reservations.

India’s Supreme Court is making landmark judgements in social change

November 22, 2018

In this article Jayna Kothari argues that – In the last few years, public interest litigation at India’s Supreme Court has brought significant wins for human rights—but success is best assured when litigation is linked to broader mobilization.

The Supreme Court trans-formed

September 15, 2018

Jayna Kothari, Executive Director at CLPR and Advocate, Supreme Court of India, writes in The Hindu. In this article, she examines Navtej Johar judgment’s special relevance for transgender rights: the contributions of the trans community to this outcome and how the judgment takes transgender rights forward.

Dr. Akkai Padmashali & Ors vs. Union of India

August 21, 2018 | Jayna Kothari

CLPR represented Dr. Akkai Padmashali, Uma Umesh,  and Suma M in the Supreme Court to challenge Section 377 of the IPC. The Supreme Court held Section 377 as unconstitutional to the extent that it criminalised consensual sexual activity of any kind between adults. It was further held that the provision was manifestly arbitrary and violative of an individuals right to autonomy.

09th

Feb 2019

Kala Ghoda 2019 | Hon’ble Justice DY Chandrachud w/ Sn. Adv. Jayna Kothari

Venue David Sassoon Library, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001

Time 6.30 PM to 8.00 PM

At the Kala Ghoda Festival 2019, Honourable Justice Dr. D Y Chandrachud will be in conversation with Senior Advocate and CLPR Executive Director Jayna Kothari. They will discuss the recent Section 377 judgment, where the Supreme Court decriminalised sexual relations between same-sex and between transgender consenting adults.

Read more

21st

Dec 2018

Release of Policy Brief on Reservation for Transgender and Intersex Persons in Education and Public Employment

Venue Bangalore International Centre Stage 2, Domlur Bangalore, Karnataka - 560071

Time 5.30 PM to 8.00 PM

CLPR’s policy brief on reservations for transgender and intersex persons proposes the manner of implementation of reservations for the community. The policy brief suggests the way forward in implementing horizontal reservations.

Read more

11th

Oct 2018

Shaping Law. Shaping Gender – Experiences from India

Venue Humboldt University of Berlin

Time

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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05th

Oct 2018

“Arise” Transforming Lives

Venue Student Christian Mission House, Bengaluru

Time 2 PM

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Governance Now

Constitutional morality is rooted in the constitution: Justice DY Chandrachud

February 12, 2019

Governance Now summarizes Justice DY Chandrachud’s panel at the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2019. Justice Chandrachud was in conversation with Senior Advocate Jayna Kothari. They discussed the Constitution, landmark Supreme Court judgments such as the Section 377 one and constitutional morality.

The Times of India

Kala Ghoda 2019 | Justice Chandrachud & Jayna Kothari | ‘If courts are vigilant, liberties will be safe’

February 11, 2019

The Times of India covers the Honourable Justice DY Chandrachud’s panel at the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2019. Justice Chandrachud was in conversation with Senior Advocate and CLPR Executive Director Jayna Kothari. They spoke about the value of the Constitution and the role of the Supreme Court in interpreting it.

Live Mint

Live Mint on Kala Ghoda 2019: Justice Chandrachud & Jayna Kothari in conversation

February 7, 2019

In celebrating Kala Ghoda turning 20 this year, Senior Advocate Jayna Kothari describes some of the highlights of this year’s festival, including the panel on the Supreme Court’s Section 377 judgment. The Section 377 panel will feature Honourable Justice DY Chandrachud in conversation with Senior Advocate Jayna Kothari.

Business Standard

Bitter Bill

January 5, 2019

Nikita Puri describes how the trans community is furious with the new Transgender Persons Bill 2018. She interviews CLPR Executive Director and Senior Counsel, Jayna Kothari for a closer analysis of how the Bill fails the community.

One Step Forward and Two Steps Back on Transgender Rights

January 10, 2019 | Deekshitha Ganesan

The Rights of Transgender Persons Bill, 2014 [“2014 Bill”] was passed as the first private member Bill in four decades in April 2015. Subsequently, the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2018 [“2018 Bill”] was passed on 17 December 2018 despite fervent objections from the transgender community regarding its problematic provisions. The 2018 Bill, which is currently before the Rajya Sabha, is a volte face on the rights that were guaranteed in the 2014 Bill.