Monday, January 7, 2013

Jijnasa Interactive Session - 19 Jan 2013

Update: Venue for 19th event has been changed. Please take note.


An initiative under the aegis of
Centre for Educational and Social Studies (CESS) organizes

An interactive session with Rama R Iyer, LL.M. from National Law School


Sexual Violence Against Women - Legal Perspectives and the Way Forward

Date: 19 Jan 2013
Time: 5 pm

(Please be on time as mark of respect to fellow attendees)

Venue: Legislators House, 4th Floor, Conference Hall, Behind Vidhan Souda, Near KPSC office.

Speaker Profile:

Rama R. Iyer, a partner in the law firm Legal Solutions has more than two decades of practice in the Bar. She did her B.A.(Law)LLB from Bangalore University Law College and Masters from the National Law School of India University in which she topped her batch. She has been working in the field of gender justice having handled different types of cases upto the Supreme Court. She ventured into this field after finding that there were very few quality practitioners specializing in this field with balanced view without being influenced by feminism or men's rights. She presents papers on the subject of gender justice which is close to her heart, in various conferences, seminars and workshops both within India and in other countries at regular intervals. She also trains government officials, judges, police officials and others in this area. She also is invited to judge international moot court competitions for law students at various places. Rama R Iyer can be contacted on twitter. Her twitter handle is @ramariyer

Brief write-up on the topic: 

Sexual violence apart from being a dehumanizing act is an unlawful intrusion on the right of privacy and sanctity of a female. It is a serious blow to the person and it tends to humiliate and degrade especially when the victim is a helpless woman, child or a minor, leaving behind traumatic experiences. The brutal attack on the young woman in Delhi has brought out the serious lapse in the entire system with respect to the safety and security of women, bringing out in its wake a huge chasm in the societal mindset as well. It is pertinent to note that rape which is a sexual attack is not only a crime against the person of a woman; but it is a crime against the society. A rapist not only causes physical injuries but also leaves an indelible mark on the woman's reputation in a society. Such cases need to be dealt with firmly and with utmost sensitivity. There is a responsibility on the society too to rise to the occasion of the increased number of cases of rape being reported, to check, introspect and find answers at various levels to make a woman's world a safe place. 

Note: This event will be telecast live on Jijnasa Ustream Channel. However, we encourage our audience and interested folks to please come to venue in person and join the debate.

About Jijnasa:

The literal meaning of the word Jijnasa in Sanskrit is Inquiry. Jijnasa is a platform under the aegis of CESS, which is an effort to promote the quest for knowledge.
It is hard to obtain the company of the noble.
It is easy to obtain the company of the ignoble.
Pebbles are available in plenty; but it is hard to obtain the precious diamond.

India is not just a nation state but a civilization state. A civilization that prides itself for the spirit of inquiry, and is not based on a contrived belief system or historicity. A civilization that is firmly rooted in Dharma. A civilization that has much to offer and inspire the world.

However, our ignorance about ourselves is profound. It is therefore Jijnasa’s desire to invoke the spirit of inquiry, which can set people on the journey of self discovery. Its aim is to provoke and equip people to see things beyond the limited mainstream discourse on issues of national importance and seek solutions to contemporary issues facing the country.

It is important to understand ourselves before we can understand the issues around us. Enlightened individuals make for an assertive society, which has the womb to carry traditions along with modernity. Jijnasa’s attempt is to make fellow travelers discover the heterogeneity of the Indian traditions yet the cohesiveness that has stood us in good stead for several thousand years. At the core of Jijnasa, is the desire to build an innate ability to see the world from an exalted position, which is so essential for a country aspiring to play center stage in world affairs.

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