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…)

“Period” of Change: Acknowledging the Right to Menstrual Health

By Tanya Chandra, Founder, LexQuest Foundation.

It can’t be stressed enough that menstruation is a mere biological phenomenon, so why does it bother a society so much that we need policies for menstruating women? To answer the aforementioned, one has to acknowledge the closely knit cultural and social spaces along with the psycho-social contexts in which women attain puberty and go on to menstruate for the better part of their teenage, adolescence and adult lives. (more…)

The Conversation Junction

By the time high school is over, you are expected to metamorphosize into young adults and determine the necessary “course of action” as far as your career prospects are concerned. This, when in fact, whether you will leap ahead or lag behind depends largely on your ability to cope with the immense amount of pressure from various quarters. The immediate family always has a “plan” to impose upon you and your friends are as clueless as you! Amidst all the commotion, if you take up a stream that you believe will leverage your ambitions and aid your prospects in the field of law and public policy, you may often feel at sea, as you don’t know where and when to start and how to furnish a well thought out plan of action that will lead you in the right direction. (more…)

Bollywood and Religious Sentiments: When a Legal Notice comes knocking

By Adv. Sanyukta Banerjie.

Nothing falls apart faster in India than roads during rain and religious sentiments during a movie release. Every other day, the dailies report yet another movie producer, director or even the actor (no seriously) grappling with a legal notice and I shake my head thinking “Ah! Well they are still being covered on Page 3. If you start featuring on Page 1 that’s when the shit’s really hit the fan *cough Padmaavati cough Padmaavat*”. (more…)