A Study on the Sexual and Reproductive Well Being in India

India’s Sexual & Reproductive Health, Well Being and Rights are yet to be addressed in a manner that fulfils the country’s international obligations. But what are these “International Obligations”? What are Sexual and Reproductive Rights? Why heed Sexual and Reproductive Health? What is the status of India’s Sexual and Reproductive Well Being? And most importantly, why is it imperative to address our Sexual and Reproductive Well Being? This Document answers all these questions and more.  (more…)

Working Document on Sustainable Reforms: Education for Livelihood in the Hilly Regions

To increase youth engagement in the policy making process, The Policy Troupe transcended the length and breadth of Almora, Uttarakhand, and was exposed to real people and problems through interrogations, observations and interactions.

Amidst the picturesque landscape of Almora, lies the widely prevalent complexity of extending education for livelihood, more so, when mountains prove to be one of the most difficult terrains with limited sources of income and very few viable employment opportunities. In this regard, finding long lasting solutions to resolve the following issues, is the need of the hour: (more…)

The Period Buddy Project Session at Adalaj Village, Gujarat

LexQuest Foundation along with The Legal Services Committee (under the aegis of the Center for Law and Society) of the Gujarat National Law University, conducted its first menstrual health management awareness-cum-training session at Adalaj Village in Gujarat. We engaged with the 6th grade students of the Government Girls’ School at the village. In addition to distributing sanitary pads to the class, the workshop focused on the point of menstrual health, hygiene, nutrition along with discussing the biological and psycho-social aspects related to menstruation. (more…)

Understanding Public Policy in India

How can Public Policy be explained in simple terms? How to move beyond definitions and understand the real impact of Public Policy? What does it mean? Why is it relevant? If you wish to understand Public Policy the way you would explain it to a layman, we have done just that for you. In this interactive document, we have explained Public Policy through a variety of examples so that everyone can understand Public Policy in ‘real terms’. So what is Public Policy? Find out now! (more…)

Is this the beginning of the end of the plastic menace for India?

By Princess Kalyani, NUSRL, Ranchi.

“Beat Plastic Pollution”-the theme for the World Environment Day, 2018; India being a major producer of plastic waste was a perfect host for the UN event. With almost 8 million tons of plastic being dumped into the sea each year, plastic pollution is a huge problem worldwide. The UN has speculated that there could be more plastic in the oceans than fish, by the year 2050. With the tremendous overuse of this cheap, versatile material worldwide, and most of it going into the sea as waste, plastic pollution is now a lethal threat. (more…)

Prevention of Animal Cruelty: Giving a Voice to the Voiceless

By Lakshmi Kailasan, Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies, New Delhi.

Prevention of animal cruelty is not merely about debating over whether one is a vegetarian or a non-vegetarian and neither is it about determining an animal’s right on the basis of its religious relevance. In the wake of the inhumane acts committed against these creatures, is there a need to strengthen the previously existing legislations? Article 48A of the Indian Constitution provides that the State shall endeavor to protect and improve the environment, and to safeguard the forests and wildlife of the country. Article 51A(g) of the Indian Constitution imposes on the citizens the fundamental duty to protect and improve the natural environment including forests, lakes, rivers and wildlife, and to have compassion for living creatures. (more…)

Medical Termination of Pregnancy: A Woman’s Body but a Woman’s Choice?

By Lakshmi Kailasan, Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies, New Delhi.

Medical termination of pregnancy which is more commonly addressed as abortion, may be defined in medical terms as the premature exit of the products from the uterus. To explain it in simple terms, it is the removal of an unwanted foetus. Going back in time to reflect on the status of abortion, it was punishable under the Indian Penal Code thereby suggesting the complete infringement of a woman’s right to life and personal liberty guaranteed by the State under Article 21 of the Indian Constitution. Prior to 1972, not only did the penalizing lead to violation of the law but also resulted in unsafe abortions being conducted by untrained medical practitioners, a problem which to some extent exists even in today’s time. (more…)

The Period Buddy Project: Learnings at a Teach For India Classroom

By Tanya Chandra, Founder, LexQuest Foundation.

As part of LexQuest Foundation’s Period Buddy Project, we recently visited a TFI school in New Delhi’s Sangam Vihar area. Based on our conversations with the VII grade girls of the said Government Senior Secondary School, we realised that there exists a major gap in the knowledge dissemination process vis-a-vis the requisite learning standards in such classrooms, especially with respect to menstrual, sexual and reproductive health of adolescent girls. (more…)