University lacks proper anti-sexual harassment laws: Delhi University’s Gender Studies Group

New Delhi, Jun 28 (PTI):

Even as the St Stephen’s college has been rocked by an alleged incident of molestation of a research scholar by a professor, DU’s Gender Studies group has claimed the university does not have proper rules in place to deal with complaints of such nature.

The Gender Studies Group (GSG) is an independent, non-funded, university-wide students group which was established in the 1990s.

Teachers from various departments act as mentors to the group which takes up various surveys, campaigns and sensitisation programmes on gender issues.

In the wake of the molestation row, GSG has launched a campaign demanding revision of the existing anti-sexual harassment rules and regulations at Delhi University. Continue reading

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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

How St Stephen’s College won’t stop at shaming a sexual harassment victim After intimidating the PhD student for speaking out, the college has now destroyed her research and stripped her off her stipend.

By Kavita Krishnan, DailyO.in, 17-07-2015

On July 16, the sexual harassment complainant Sonam (name changed), a PhD student, went to the chemistry laboratory in St Stephen’s College to check whether the compounds synthesised by her as part of her research were intact. She was accompanied by Devansh, the student who has been facing victimisation by the college as well since, as her complaint states, she was “scared to go on my own.” Her fear stands entirely justified.

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Delhi University lacks guidelines, facilities to integrate transgender students. No ‘third gender’ in exam forms till SC clarification, UPSC tells HC

By Shikha Sharma | New Delhi | Published:June 18, 2015 1:16 am, Indian Express

While 65 out of over 2.25 lakh applicants marked themselves as transgenders in their Delhi University online applications forms this year, there are no clear clear guidelines regarding their integration into the system. Continue reading

‘No more homophobia’: Snapshots from a protest at Delhi University against LGBT abuse Students display posters bearing the various terms of abuse hurled at the LGBT community.

By Mayank Jain  · Apr 24, 2015 · 09:23 pm, Scroll.in

Friday was supposed to be the last working day before exams for hundreds of final year students like Rahul and Hasan at Delhi University. But this didn’t stop them from showing up outside the Arts Faculty building in bright attire, carrying posters that had the word “faggot” written on them in cursive letters. Continue reading

A year after Delhi University accepted transgender students, protest aims to highlight LGBT woes Sexual minorities complain that not enough has been done to protect them from discrimination.

By Mayank Jain  · Apr 24, 2015 · 10:30 am, Scroll.in

It took a lot of courage for Tushar (name changed on request) to finally check that seemingly inconsequential box on the short survey form he filled one afternoon a couple of years ago. For the first time, the student of English literature at the University of Delhi mentioned his sexual orientation on paper, seemingly to help his classmates conduct a small research project. But that one simple act came to colour his time on campus so much, he regrets it now. Continue reading

Watch How A Group Of Students Made People ‘Come And See The Blood On Their Skirts’

Apr 12, 2015, Youth ki Awaaz
By Sanskriti Pandey:

“People need to be comfortable with the fact that as they walk down the streets, there are women walking around wearing sanitary napkins and tampons fixed firmly so that not a drop leaks out…”

Echoing the sentiments of every feminist through an audacious campaign that brought to light the reduction of a woman’s sexuality to her ability to bleed every month, Shambhawi Vikram spells out plain and clear – this is for the freedom to bleed red. As sanitary pads appeared around the Jamia Millia Islamia and Delhi University campuses earlier this year, the messages written on them turned quite a few heads. Continue reading

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

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