Section 377 is often used to harass gays, but rarely do the cases land up in courts and result in prosecution or conviction
The human rights lawyer talks to The Wire about the cancellation of Lawyers Collective’s FCRA license, the cases they took up against those in power and more.
The MPs, from six political parties, have also questioned why RSS-affiliated groups that spread hatred are not being investigated for FCRA violations.
Several civil rights groups have slammed the Centre for cancelling the FCRA licence of 25 NGOs and have said that by doing so the government has undermined India’s global reputation on human rights.
“What is shocking about the order served on the Lawyers Collective is the statement that they have done nothing for women’s development and empowerment,” said activist Anjali Gopalan.
The advocacy group has released a statement saying it is exploring all possible legal options to challenge the government’s order.
The Supreme Court’s decision to include women and minors as perpetrators of domestic violence overlooks the ground realities of the lives of women in India.
Explaining why it would not abide by clauses that call for restricted state control on sources of funding, India said “civil society must operate within the framework of domestic laws”.
In a letter to the Indian prime minister, the signatories also said the Foreign Contributions Regulation Act does not comply with international human rights norms.
In a statement, the three UN special rapporteurs have also asked that the suspended registration of NGO Lawyers Collective be reversed.
Because of reduced funding and suspended FCRA licences, many NGOs have had to shut down grassroots programmes.
The Ministry of Home Affairs suspended the Lawyers Collective’s registration on June 1.
Giving a point-by-point rebuttal to the charges levelled against it, the Lawyers Collective said all foreign contribution received by it “were spent for the purposes received and accounted for”.
Lawyers Collective has hit out at the government for running a sinister campaign against it by selectively leaking confidential information pertaining to an enquiry initiated by the Foreign Contributions Regulation Act Wing under the Ministry of Home Affairs into its funding and functioning.
The organisers of the event said her name had “not been cleared” by the Madhya Pradesh government to attend the event