stories of our lives…

(Via https://www.facebook.com/NetherlandsinIndia/posts/519578764872028)

On the occasion of Human Rights Day, a great discussion on LGBT rights took place at the University of Delhi yesterday! Dominique Kuhling, Deputy Head of Mission, stated a.o. that acceptance takes time and expressed optimism for the LGBT community in future. 
After the screening of the film Stories of Our Lives the panelists and the crowd interacted in lively debate. 
Via this way we would once again like to thank our panelists and moderator:

– Anjali Gopalan 

– Aditya Bondopadhyay

– Shreya Gupta

– Bijayalaxmi Nanda
We were pleased to see the passion and dedication with regard to this topic amongst the each of the participants, this truly indicates a bright future for the cause! 

    
    
 

FAQ booklets: availability 

The Gender Studies Group FAQ Booklets are available at the following locations in Delhi for purchase at Rs. 50 each:

1. North Delhi

Photocopy shop, Delhi School of Economics,

University of Delhi – 110021

2. Central Delhi 

People Tree, 8 Regal Building, Parliament Street, 

New Delhi 110 001

Tel: +91-(0)11-23340699,23744877

E-mail: peopletreeonline@gmail.com

3. South Delhi 

Kriti Team, A-15 Tara Apartments, near Alaknanda market

New Delhi 110019 (nearest metro – Govindpuri)

+91-11-26027845/ 26033088

gestures.kriti@gmail.com

For bulk orders, postage, feedback or suggestions, please write to us at genderstudiesgroup.du@gmail.com

Launch of FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) Booklets and Interactive discussion on Gender and Sexuality 

Gender Studies Group Delhi University
invites you to;

Launch of FAQ(Frequently Asked Questions) Booklets on issues of Body, Accommodation, Sexual Harassment and Sexual Minorities prepared by the Gender Studies Group, Delhi University
followed by an

Interactive discussion on Gender and Sexuality;
facilitated by

Manak Matiyani, Executive Director, The YP Foundation
Date: 17th September, 2015 (Thursday)

Time: 2:00 pm

Venue: Lecture Hall, Department of Political Science, Faculty of Social Sciences, Delhi University(Opp. Dault Ram College)
Booklets will be on sale at the venue.

For further details contact: 9910550736, 9650971469

https://www.facebook.com/events/1498725743780664/

New anti-harassment law leaves DU’s sexual minorities vulnerable

By Shreya Roy Chowdhury,  Times of India, Apr 1, 2015, 11.18AM IST

NEW DELHI: With the Ordinance XV-D on sexual harassment gone, sexual minorities in Delhi University have had to take a ” regressive step”. Now replaced by the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013, Ordinance XV-D had been, by all accounts, balanced, thorough and, perhaps most importantly, gender-neutral. Without it, the campus’ gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender students – and even boys – will have to combat sexual harassment by invoking anti-ragging rules or the code of professional ethics. Sexual harassment of these students can’t be reported as just that; the policy, apparently, doesn’t acknowledge that they can be harassed too. Continue reading “New anti-harassment law leaves DU’s sexual minorities vulnerable”

Resources for the upcoming Sexuality and Law Conference

Dear All,

Please take a look at all these links and documents. They are essential background information for our upcoming Sexuality and Law Conference.

SEXUALITY AND THE LAW

Sexuality and the Law

Date: April 18, 2015

Time: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Venue: Lecture Hall, Department of Political Science, Delhi University

In this student-run seminar, the third in the past few years organised by Gender Studies Group, Delhi University, a loose collective of Delhi University students interested in gender, we will examine various activities around the sexual that come under the purview of criminal law and much that does not. Students will present cases and theoretical papers on subjects ranging from obscenity, pornography, rape, ‘indecent representation’, ‘eve-teasing,’ to domestic violence and sexual harassment, from the rights of sexual minorities to sex work.

Students will present papers on individual cases on these subjects and a panel of experts will respond to each paper and moderate a general discussion at the end.

These students will be from Delhi University (members of GSG, from different Colleges and Departments), Indian Law Institute (ILI) and O. P. Jindal University (JGLS).

The expert panel is Mr. Amit Bindal, Assistant Professor, Jindal Global Law School (JGLS), O.P. Jindal University, Haryana; Ms. Latika Vashist, Assistant Professor, Indian Law Institute, (ILI), Delhi and Dr. Ashley Tellis, Independent researcher and activist, Delhi.

The seminar will divided into four sessions with three short papers each. Each student gets 20 minutes to present followed by a 10 minute comment by an expert.

9:00 – 9:30: Introductory Remarks (Latika Vashist)

9:30 – 11:30: Panel I: Rape

9:30 – 10:00: Esha (ILI) on 16th December rape case

10:0010:30: Vedika (JGLS) on Verma Committee Report/ Ordinance 2013

10:30 – 11:00: Aishwarya (JGLS) on Marital Rape exception

11:00 – 11:30: Kanika (JGLS) on ‘Outraging Modesty of Women’

11:30 – 12:00: Tea break

12:00 – 1:30Panel II: Sexual Harassment

12:00 – 12:30: Sabarish (JGLS) on Sexual Harassment in IPC

12:30 – 1:00: Niharika (JGLS) on BDSM

1:30 – 2: 00 Lunch

2: 00 – 3:30Panel III: Obscenity

2:00 – 2:30: Ayushi (JGLS) on Indecent Representation of Women Act

2:30 – 3:00: Vasu (ILI) on Aveek Sarkar and Bandit Queen cases

3:00 – 3:30: Arunima (GSG/Ramjas College, DU) on Delhi Metro Kissing case

3:30 – 4:00: Tea

4:00 – 5:30Panel IV: Sexual Orientation

4:00- 4:30: Joanna and Radhika (JGLS) on Naz

4:30 – 5:00: Shambhavi (GSG/LSR,DU) on Koushal

5:00 – 5:30: Karthik  (JGIA) on NALSA

5:30 – 6:00: Closing Remarks (Amit Bindal)

For any further Details Contact:

Amit Bindal : 8930110771

Aapurv Jain: 9910550736

Join the Facebook Event Pagehere:  https://www.facebook.com/events/694372724021907/

Sexual Harassment: The New Conjuncture

Sexual Harassment: The New Conjuncture

Edited by Dr. Ashley Tellis

Written by Shreya Gupta

The Gender Studies Group, Delhi University organized an interactive session titled “Sexual Harassment: The New Conjuncture” on 9th February, 2014 at Department of Political Science, University of Delhi. This aim of the discussion was to look at the issue of sexual harassment in Delhi University and discuss the change in Delhi University’s Sexual Harassment policy which has involved the scrapping of Ordnance XV D and the following of the new Sexual Harassment of Women at the Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013. Continue reading “Sexual Harassment: The New Conjuncture”

Sexual Harassment: The Current Conjuncture : Key Points parcha

Sexual Harassment: The Current Conjuncture

This is a parcha which was distributed at the event. It covers some basic differences between the new sexual harassment policy of DU and the old Ordnance. We will share a full length report of the event very soon.

1. Ordinance XV-D came into effect after years of hard work and struggle by students, teachers and the administration. The ordinance is very thorough (based on three years of collective work by GSG and FASH, the consulting of hundreds of policies from across the world and attention and representation given to all members of the University from faculty to karamcharis) and many other universities have taken inputs from it to frame their own policies.

2. Our policy has been in place for almost a decade. Not only was it very wrong on the part of the University to remove it without consulting any stakeholders, it sweeps away a decade of hard work and experience with the sexual harassment policy in the University.

3. This has been done despite the clear provision in the Sexual Harassment at Workplace Act which states that this Act is in addition to and not in derogation of any law in force. Ordinance XV-D was very much a law and hence, protected by the Act itself.

4. Ordinance XV-D was a gender neutral policy which recognized the fact that even men can be sexually harassed, whereas the new policy recognizes only women as the victims of sexual harassment. In Delhi University there have been multiple cases where male students were harassed by their teachers and authorities in power. For Example, the BN Ray case of Ramjas College where the Vice Principal sexually harassed generations of male students.

5. The new policy does not recognise the harassment of sexual minorities unlike Ordinance XV-D which recognized harassment on the basis of sexual orientation and was also a gender neutral policy. Under the new policy LGBT(Lesbian,Gay,Bisexual,Transgender) students cannot file a complaint of sexual harassment. Considering the fact that sexual minorities are the frequent targets of abuse, discrimination and violence, it is extremely crucial for DU to safeguard and protect their rights. Moreover, DU has this year introduced reservation for trans people in post graduate courses and hence it is all the more important for it to protect them from sexual harassment.

6. Under the new policy the committees will be formed by the Heads, whereas under Ordinance XV-D committees were formed by a democratic process and also had student and karamchari representatives in it. The new policy has given too much power in the hands of theHeads which they can and will misuse, especially when there is any charge of sexual harassment against them. Last year, we saw two cases in DU where principals sexually harassed their junior officers in Ambedkar College and ARSD college and used their power to get away with it.

7. The new policy has a clause on false complaints which was not there in the old ordnance. The clause on false complaints can be extremely detrimental to women who want to file a complaint of sexual harassment.

8. The jurisdiction of the new law is also not very clear. The earlier law covered not just the university area but also the areas around the university like Hudson Lane, Hostels, PGs, etc.

9. Substitution of Ordinance XV-D has also left male students below the age of 18 years unprotected against sexual harassment within the University system contrary to the provisions of the Protection of Children against Sexual Offences Act 2012. This Act provides for compulsory reporting of any sexual offence, including sexual harassment against boys and girls below the age of 18 years. In the absence of inclusion of men within the DU Policy pursuant to the Sexual Harassment at Workplace Act, the University does not have any mechanism to find cases of sexual harassment of boys below the age of 18 years.

10. All this is symptomatic of the general trivialization of sexual harassment and the lack of seriousness with which sexual harassment is treated in the University. The volume of cases of sexual harassment across the University only increases and the administration thrives on the dismissal and denial of it. Students, karamcharis, teachers are dissuaded from ever complaining because of the dismal record of justice being offered to victims and this latest steamrollering of the extant policy is only the final nail in the coffin of gender justice in Delhi University.