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Balancing the juvenile actThe Hindu, September 9, 2013

Young offenders above a certain age who commit violent crimes should be prosecuted as adults.

On August 31, 2013, the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) ordered that the boy who raped Nirbhaya, brutalised her with an iron rod, pulled out her intestines and then cleaned up the bus and made tea would go virtually free by sentencing him to only 28 months in a remand home as eight months of the total 36 months’ sentence had already been served. This order is subject to review by the JJB based on the behaviour of the juvenile and the police are required to expunge this crime from his record in order to ensure complete rehabilitation. Despite the unprecedented street protests following the Nirbhaya rape, there has been little substantive debate on the adequacy of the Juvenile Justice Act to deal with such heinous crimes.

A task only half finished, The Hindu, August 28, 2013
By Aparna Viswanathan

Over eight months have passed since the horrific events of December 16, 2012, yet the wave of rapes still rage across the nation. The spring and summer of 2013 were marred by barbaric events such as the rape of five-year-old girls in Delhi and Gurgaon, the acid attack on a young woman getting off a train in Mumbai, the gruesome rape and murder of a 20-year-old college girl in Kolkata, and, most recently, the gang rape of a photo journalist in Mumbai as well as countless other incidents. Despite the recurring frequency of these crimes, the public discourse on law reform has come to a halt following the passage of the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act 2013 in April. Read more.

Make laws on gender violence more citizen-friendly: Experts, Business Standard, July 7, 2013

“In India, the laws are not harmonized. As part of moving forward on gender issues we have to understand how to simplify the law. Very often even the police do not know the laws,” Ruchira Gupta, gender activist and founder president of NGO Apne Aap Women Worldwide, said at the seminar “Gender Justice, Criminal Law and Curricular Reforms” held at the India International Centre.

Harvard to launch gender justice bid, Times of India, July 10, 2013

NEW DELHI: Harvard University’s Gender Violence Project, established in the wake of the December 16 Delhi gang rape case and the call for action to stop violence against women, will kick off with the ‘Gender Justice and Criminal Law Reform Conference’ in Delhi on Friday. The aim of the project is to create a sustained relationship among regional partners in order to explore effective legal, educational and social approaches towards promoting gender equality. Read more.

Harvard to hold gender justice and criminal law conference here, First Post, July 9, 2013

New Delhi, July 8 (IANS) Leading law makers, police officials and social activists are meeting here over the weekend in a Harvard University-organised conference to discuss effective legal, educational and social approaches to promote gender equality and curb violence against women. Read more.

Harvard Gender Violence Project Resources

Scholarly Papers

Implementing Gender Curriculum Programs to End Sexual Violence, Sabrin Chowdhury

Back to Basics: Essential Qualities of Services for Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence, Shanti J. Kulkarni, Holly Bell and Diane McDaniel Rhodes

Men, Masculinity, and Domestic Violence in India, International Center for Research on Women

Recovery : Resilience and Growth in the Aftermath of Domestic Violence, Kim M. Anderson, Lynette M. Renner and Fran S. Danis

A National Network to End Dating Violence: Out Against Abuse, Sabrin Chowdhury

Media and Blog Articles 

Feminism Can’t Cure India’s Rape Epidemic – Shikha Demla,, June 19, 2013

Domestic Violence: It’s Assuming Epidemic Proportions—Effah Chukwuma, Vanguard, June 14, 2013

Decoding Gender-Based Violence, The World Bank, June 10, 2013

Ted Talk: Jackson Katz: Violence Against Women—It’s A Men’s Issue, Ted Talk, May 2013

India’s 70 Million Missing Women: Female Feticide, Soroptimist International, March 8, 2013

India Rape Trial Starts With Renewed Ban on Media Coverage, NYTimes, Jan. 24, 2013

Full text: Justice JS Verma Committee Report on Amendments to Criminal Law, IBN Live, Jan. 23, 2013

Afghan rape victim ‘attacked again by government workers protecting her’, The Guardian, Jan. 23, 2013

How do you learn grit? Video, The, Jan. 22, 2013

Bolivian State Politician Caught on Video Allegedly Raping Unconscious Woman on Parliament Floor, Jezebel, Jan. 18, 2013

Reflections of a sorry repatriate, India Today, Jan. 18, 2013

Nigeria has a rape culture too, The Guardian, Jan. 14, 2013

Focus on Rape in India Ignores Gender Violence as a Global Tragedy, Global Post, January 9, 2013

The Delhi student movement, The Express Tribune, Jan 8, 2012

Amid rape fiasco, India’s leaders keep up insensitive remarks, The Washington Post, Jan. 4, 2013

Changing attitudes towards women, The Express Tribune, Dec. 31, 2012

Mukhtar Mai – the gang rape victim who defied her attackers, New Statesman, Oct. 19, 2012

Harvard College Women’s Center – A History of Violence

Some thoughts on rape, sexual violence and protest - Devika Narayan

America’s Rape Problem: We Refuse to Admit That There Is One – The Nation, Jan. 4 2013

No Shortcuts on Rape – Economic and Political Weekly, Jan. 12, 2013

Let’s ask how we contribute to rape – The Hindu, Dec. 25, 2012

Rape and the crisis of Indian masculinity – The Hindu, Dec. 19, 2012

A moment of triumph for women – The Hindu, Jan. 25, 2013

Alchemizing anger to hope – The Hindu, Jan. 25, 2013

The rapist in the mirror – The Hindu, Jan. 11, 2013

If we want to see the change, let us be the change – Beaking the Shackles of Male Chauvinism in India - Soroptimist International, Jan. 1, 2013

The Worst Place In The World To Be A Woman, The Economist, April 12, 2012

Wars Overlooked Victims, The Economist, January 13, 2011

The Worldwide War on Baby Girls, The Economist, March 4, 2010

What Men Can Do To Prevent Gender Violence, Jackson Katz, 1999

Power Point Presentations

Curricular Reform Power Point Presentation


Speech by Retired Chief Justice Leila Seth