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Women Lawyers, Activists Demand Unbiased Inquiry Into Allegations Against CJI

The letter points out that there is currently, an "unprecedented crisis of credibility vis-à-vis the Supreme Court".

New Delhi: Activists from women’s groups and civil society members have issued an open letter to retired judges appealing to them to “speak out on the side of justice and fairness” while expressing “solidarity with the complainant”.

The letter points out that there is currently, an “unprecedented crisis of credibility vis-à-vis the Supreme Court” as the court, in dealing with a complaint of sexual harassment against the CJI, failed to give the complainant a fair hearing.

The letter further states that the procedure followed “in this case not only stands in utter violation of principles of natural justice but also in contravention with both, the letter and spirit of Vishakha Judgment and the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act 2013”.

Condemning the “blatant abuse of power” by the highest constitutional authority of the Supreme Court, the letter also draws attention to the complainant and points out that “her family are under threat and intimidation”.

Also read: In Photos | Women Protest Supreme Court Panel’s Clean Chit to CJI Ranjan Gogoi

Expressing disappointment over the manner in which the allegations of sexual harassment were handled by the highest judicial authority, the statement says that it is “a dark and sad day” for justice as the Supreme Court “has told us that when it comes to one of its own, imbalances of power don’t matter, due process doesn’t matter, and basic norms of justice don’t matter”.

Finally, the letter urges the Supreme Court to correct its own course and undo the gross injustice meted out to the complainant and ensure that women and marginalised sections of society get a fair hearing in the corridors of justice. The letter also asks that the court lay down a “just, transparent and fair procedure” for such cases as soon as possible.

Read the full text of their open letter below.

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We are activists from women’s groups and civil society members who have engaged with issues of justice, rights, and law reforms, specifically those related with women and sexual violence starting from the rape law reforms in 1982 to the final changed law in 2013. We address this letter to the retired members of the higher judiciary, to appeal to you to please speak up on the side of justice and fairness in the matter of allegations of sexual harassment against the Chief Justice of India.

On September 6, 1979, Upendra Baxi, Vasudha Dhagamwar, Raghunath Kelkar and Lotika Sarkar, well known and reputed lawyers and legal scholars, addressed an open letter, to focus judicial attention and public debate over a decision rendered by the Supreme Court on September 15, 1978, with respect to the complaints of a tribal girl who was sexually assaulted by two police personnel in the police station. The Supreme Court had reversed the High Court order convicting the policemen of rape and acquitted the accused police personnel.

Citing reasons for their disagreement with the highest court of the country they said:

“We can only appeal, in conclusion, to have the case reheard, as an unusual situation, by a larger bench, and if necessary by even the Full Court. This may appear to your Lordship as a startlingly unconventional, and even a naive suggestion. But nothing short of protection of human rights and constitutionalism is at stake. . . . Maybe on re-examination, Ganpat and Tukaram may stand acquitted for better reasons than those now available. But what matters is a search for liberation from the colonial and male-dominated notions of what may constitute the element of consent, and the burden of proof, for rape which affect many Mathuras on the Indian countryside.

You will no doubt forgive us for this impertinence of writing an open letter to you. But the future of judicial protection of human rights at grassroots level in India at the turn of the century, a concern we all share as citizens and as lawmen, leaves us with no other and better alternative.”

This letter proved historical and worked as a catalyst for a nationwide women’s movement which has brought about major changes in laws related to women particularly around sexual violence and harassment. It forced the recognition of the element of power in incidents of rape. Custodial rape was redefined in law. It is this legacy that brought us to a much broader articulation of the offence of rape in the 2013 Criminal Law Amendments wherein custody was defined more broadly to extend the notion beyond physical boundaries to the idea of coercive circumstances where power is assumed to be inherent and embedded. This is the legacy that made it possible to speak of child sexual abuse and also gave us Vishakha guidelines for addressing sexual harassment at the workplace.

Having traversed this whole journey with faith and respect reposed in the Courts and the judiciary, we, members of women’s groups, lawyers, scholars and civil society members are once again in a situation when we believe that we have no alternative but to appeal to members of the judiciary to reexamine their actions.

In this matter of a complaint of sexual harassment made by a junior woman employee of the Supreme Court against the Chief Justice of India, we have merely been seeking “a fair and impartial enquiry in accordance with the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition, and Redressal) Act 2013.”

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The Supreme Court has, time and again stood by the rights of women and marginalised and, through many landmark judgments, has helped to advance and consolidate the rights of women through a transformative interpretation of the Constitution. Some examples of these that come to mind are Vishakha judgment that addressed the fundamental rights of working women and laid down guidelines to deal with sexual harassment, the Sabarimala judgment upholding women’s rights to worship, the Maharashtra bar dancers right to work, setting aside the practice of talaq-e-biddat, framing schemes for compensation and rehabilitation of survivors of sexual assault, reading down of Section 377, granting recognition to gender identity and rights to transgender persons in the NALSA case.

It is judgments such as these that repose our faith in the judiciary of this country. Unfortunately, today we are facing an unprecedented crisis of credibility of Supreme Court, as the Court in dealing with the complaint of sexual harassment against the Chief Justice has acted not only in utter violation of principles of natural justice but also in contravention of Vishakha Judgment and the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act 2013.

Just to recapture, on April 18, 2019, a 29 pages affidavit was submitted by a woman employee of Supreme Court to the 22 judges of the Hon’ble Supreme Court, detailing allegations of the sexual harassment faced by her from none less than the Chief Justice of India. The Supreme Court called a special hearing over this matter on Saturday, April 20, 2019, at 10:30 am, through a bench consisting of two Judges besides the Chief Justice of India, against whom the allegations of sexual harassment were made.

With no notice given to the aggrieved woman, the CJI not only declared the allegations false but further stated that these allegations threaten the independence of the judiciary. He also declared that the complainant had a criminal background. The bench further asked the media to show restraint to protect the independence of the judiciary. None of these observations were based upon any investigation by any competent authority.

This was a shocking breach of procedure wherein before the complainant was heard the powerful accused was allowed to make public declarations of his innocence and also point fingers at the complainant. Through this hearing, the Supreme Court lowered itself to the level of very many accused powerful men who resort to maligning the complainant by citing false and irrelevant past histories and by imputing ulterior motives.

This move was criticized by many people including us through an open letter to all judges of the Supreme Court dated April 24, 2019. Thereafter a committee was formed of three judges of Supreme Court headed by Justice Bobde. The constitution of this committee itself was in contravention of 2013 Act and the guidelines laid down by the Vishakha Judgment of 1997 by the Supreme Court itself, as it neither had any external member nor was it headed by a woman. In spite of this, the complainant participated hoping to get a fair hearing.

When this committee started the hearing, it denied the aggrieved woman the right to be represented by legal/support person of her choice, completely ignoring the unequal balance of power not only between the parties but also between the complainant and the Committee itself. The committee obviously consisted of senior most judges in the country while the complainant did not have legal training of any comparison. Procedures included in Vishakha and the POSH Act are cognisant of these unequal power equations in the workspace and a fair procedure adopted by the Court should also take this into account.

The matter is even more grievous because the complainant had asked for someone to accompany her because she has a hearing disability but was denied even that. This again is in violation of the rights of people with disability, enabling whose participation is critical to any imagination of a just procedure.

The aggrieved woman after two hearings on April 26 and April 29, withdrew from the enquiry, citing that neither was she allowed representation, nor was she informed of the procedures to be followed by the committee. There was no audio or video recording of the proceeding and further, she was not even provided the minutes of the proceeding. Irrespective of these submissions the committee proceeded to hold the enquiry ex-parte.

Also read: Handling of Harassment Complaint Against CJI Perpetuates Existing Power Imbalance

And now on May 6, 2019, the Supreme Court has gone ahead and declared that there is “no substance” in the allegation contained in the complaint. Further, in full violation of her right as a complainant, she has also been denied a copy of the report. A reference is made to a judgment from times before the RTI Act and the POSH Act to support this lack of transparency towards the complainant.

This is, in our understanding, is a clear violation of any procedures of a fair and independent enquiry. We are aware, that this is an extraordinary case that calls for extraordinary measures to be put in place, as this is a matter pertaining to the highest judicial authority under the constitution. However, extraordinary measures cannot and ought not to overlook, fundamental principles of natural justice and fair hearing.

We request you, as a respected member of the judiciary, to lend your support to the complainant’s right to unbiased, impartial enquiry proceedings, and urge you to call upon the Supreme Court to take measures to correct the prevailing situation, by establishing a proper procedure to inquire into the allegations.

We are proponents of independence of the judiciary and understand and respect that completely. However, we also believe that pointing out any lapses in the system of justice so that it may be rectified is, in fact, protecting this independence and not interference in procedures.

Further, we wish to reiterate that women and other marginalised sections of society do not have access to any societal power and turn to Courts expecting that they shall get a fair hearing. Khap panchayats and other mechanisms that function on ideas of “social morality of the powerful” are not where we seek justice. We have faith in the judicial constitutional mechanisms for any access to justice. It is with this in mind that we say that whatever be the outcome of this enquiry, it has to come through due diligence in law. Anything short of that will weaken the promise of justice to the weaker sections in this highly hierarchical society.

If the highest judicial authority does not follow its own procedures and stand up in support of the less powerful, it will send a message of disquiet to all those who keep faith in the system. What is at stake is not only the rights of women but also the credibility of the Supreme Court. It is to protect this system, that has been painstakingly created by the diligence of many members of the judiciary, that we ask you to speak.

Statement issued by:

  1. Saheli Women’s Resource Center, New Delhi
  2. National Federation of Indian Women
  3. All India Progressive Women’s Association (AIPWA)
  4. Forum Against Oppression of Women, Mumbai
  5. Nari Ekta Shakti Sangathan, Delhi
  6. Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression
  7. Nirantar, A Center for Gender and Education, New Delhi
  8. North East Network, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland
  9. Labia – A Queer Feminist LBT Collective Mumbai
  10. Bebaak Collective
  11. People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), Maharashtra
  12. National Alliance of People’s Movements
  13. Nari Samata Manch, Pune
  14. Indian Christian Women’s Movement (ICWM) – Mumbai
  15. Sandhya Gokhale, Forum Against Oppression of Women, Mumbai
  16. Kalpana Kannabiran, Hyderabad
  17. Veena Gowda, Advocate, Mumbai
  18. Adv Vasudha Nagaraj, Lawyer, High Court of Telangana, Hyderabad
  19. Chayanika Shah, Queer Feminist Researcher and Activist, Mumbai
  20. Nisha Biswas, Scientist and WSS, Kolkata
  21. Dr Veena Shatrughna, Former Director, National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad
  22. Vyjayanti Vasanta Mogli, Transgender RTI activist, Telangana
  23. Meera Sanghamitra, National Alliance of People’s Movements, Telangana
  24. Kavita Srivastava, PUCL
  25. Adv. Pyoli Swatija, Supreme Court of India and WSS
  26. Gautam Mody, General Secretary, New Trade Union Initiative
  27. Flavia Agnes, Advocate
  28. Sandhya, Progressive Association of Women, Telangana
  29. V. Geetha, Historian and Writer, Chennai
  30. N. Vasanti, Professor of Constitutional Law, Nalsar, Hyderabad
  31. Mary E John, New Delhi
  32. Uma Chakravarti, Historian, New Delhi
  33. Ammu Abraham, Mumbai
  34. Nandita Shah, Akshara, Mumbai
  35. Meena Gopal, Mumbai
  36. Hasina Khan, Mumbai
  37. Shals Mahajan, Mumbai
  38. Rohit Prajapati, Vadodara
  39. Susie Tharu, Feminist Academic and Researcher, Avneshi, Hyderabad
  40. Amit Kumar, Student, LLB, Faculty of Law, University of Delhi
  41. Sarah Mathews, Sankalp Women’s Support Alliance
  42. Bijaya Chanda, Advocate, Alipore Court, Kolkata, West Bengal
  43. Nityanand Jayaraman, Writer, Social activist, Chennai.
  44. Sumi Krishna, Former President (2005-08), Indian Association for Women’s Studies, Bengaluru
  45. Kiran Shaheen, Journalist and Feminist Activist, New Delhi
  46. Uma Shankari, Farmer, Researcher on Water, Environment and Livelihoods
  47. Chitra, Labia, Mumbai
  48. Adv Lara Jesani, People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), Maharashtra
  49. Vandita Morarka, Founder/CEO, One Future Collective
  50. Tara, Feminist Collective, Sonepat
  51. Saumya Malhotra, Democracy Collective, Delhi NCR
  52. Arundhati Dhuru, NAPM Lucknow, UP
  53. Lovika Jaiswal, Campus Law Centre, University of Delhi, Noida
  54. Leena Pujari, KC College, Mumbai
  55. Vimal Bhai, National Convenor, National Alliance of People’s Movements
  56. B.Girija, State Project Manager, Sakhi Telangana
  57. Meena Seshu and Aarthi Pai, Sangram, Maharashtra
  58. Gita Chadha, Sociologist, Mumbai
  59. Shruti Chakravarty, Mental Health Practitioner, Bombay
  60. Nandita Narain, Associate Professor, St Stephen’s College, Delhi University. Former President, Delhi University Teachers’ Association and Federation of Central Universities Teachers’ Associations
  61. Mitra Mukherjee-Parikh, Former Head, Associate Professor, SNDTWU
  62. Dr Joseph M.T., Department of Sociology, University of Mumbai, Kalina, Mumbai
  63. Rukmini Banerjee, Researcher, Mumbai
  64. Kabi. S, Mumbai
  65. Dr V Rukmini Rao, Executive Director Gramya Resource Centre for Women, Tarnaka, Secunderabad, Telangana
  66. Karuna DW, Chennai
  67. Padmaja Shaw
  68. Purnima Gupta, Delhi
  69. Khadijah Faruqui, The Alternate Space Delhi, A Women’s Collective, New Delhi
  70. Tanya Jaiswal, Modern school, Noida
  71. Supriya Jain, CORO India, Mumbai
  72. K Ramnarayan, Uttarakhand, India
  73. Kamayani Bali Mahabal, Humans Rights Activist, Mumbai
  74. Bharat, Feminist Activist, Vishakha, Jaipur
  75. Shahira Naim, Special Correspondent, The Tribune, Lucknow
  76. Aiman Khan, Bangalore
  77. Varsha Mehta
  78. Roshni, Research Scholar, Tata Institute of Social Sciences
  79. Pallavi Sobti Rajpal, Ahmedabad
  80. Meher Bhoot, WDC, University of Mumbai, Mumbai
  81. Kusumtai Chaudhari Mahila Kalyani C/o Snehja Rupwate
  82. Anupama Potluri, Assistant Professor, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad
  83. Minakshi Sanyal, Queer feminist activist, Kolkat
  84. Poushali Basak, FAOW, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
  85. Anita Rego, Social Researcher
  86. Smita Parmar, Social Activist, Hajipur, Bihar
  87. Swabhiman Lok Seva Sansthan run by Medical Mission Sisters
  88. Aruna Rodrigues,Environmental and Agro-ecology, Sunray Harvesters, MP
  89. Subhasat
  90. Bindu Doddahatti, Advocate, Bangalore
  91. Tejaswini Madabhushi, Hyderabad for Feminism
  92. A. Suneetha, Senior Fellow, Anveshi Research Center for Women’s Studies
  93. Dr. Asma Rasheed, Assistant Professor, EFL University
  94. Sumitra Anukram, Founder of Anukram
  95. Madhumita Sinha, EFL University, Hyderabad
  96. Sajaya K., Independent Journalist and Social Activist, Caring Citizens Collective
  97. Khalida Parveen, General Secretary Amoomat Society
  98. Madhavi Mirapa, Scholar
  99. Uma Bhrugubanda, EFL University, Hyderabad
  100. Jayasree Subramanian, Visiting Faculty, Homi Bhabha Center for Science Education, Mumbai
  101. Aileen Marques, Advocate Mumbai
  102. Pratibha Shinde, Lok Sangharsh Morcha, Nandurbar, Maharashtra
  103. Bittu K., Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression, Telangana Hijra Intersex Trans Samiti, Asawarpur, Haryana
  104. Tara Murali, Architect, Chennai
  105. Padma, Human Rights Activist
  106. Samar Bagchi, Educationist and Former Director, Birla Industrial and Technological Museum, Kolkata
  107. Nandini Rao, Feminist Trainer and Activist, Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression, New Delhi
  108. Sandeep Pandey, Socialist Activist and NAPM, UP
  109. M. Mandakini, Lawyer
  110. Kondaveeti Satyavati Bhumika, Hyderabad
  111. Sherin B.S., English and Foreign Languages University
  112. Lawrence, President, Inigo Foundation
  113. Madhurima Majumder, Assistant Professor, Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development
  114. Shyamala Nataraj, South India AIDS Action Programme
  115. Anupama J, Counselor
  116. M.Sujatha, SPERDS NGO
  117. Jayna Kothari, Senior Advocate
  118. Bindulakshmi, Mumbai
  119. Suresh Melettukochy, Bhopal
  120. Jai Sen, Researcher and Editor, New Delhi
  121. Shubhada Deshmukh, Mahila Arogya Parishad, Gadchiroli, Maharashtra
  122. Sana Contractor, Public Health Researcher, New Delhi
  123. Nandita Gandhi, Activist, Mumbai
  124. Manisha Gupte, Feminist, MASUM, Pune
  125. Madhu Madhavan, Ex. JJP Member, Current PhD student from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
  126. Vimalbhai, Matu Jan Sangatgan, Uttarakhand
  127. Mamta Singh, Social Worker, Women Rights Activist, Lucknow, UP
  128. Rama Melkote, Prof.(Retd) or Political Science, Senior Activist, Osmania University, Hyderabad
  129. S Jeevan Kumar, Human Rights Forum
  130. K Sudha, Assistant Professor, DSNLU, Member, Human Rights Forum
  131. K Anuradha, Human Rights Forum
  132. Janaki Nair, JNU, New Delhi
  133. Sujata Patel, Indian Institute of Advanced Study
  134. Sukla Sen, Mumbai
  135. K. Kiran Mayee, Advocate
  136. V. Naga Lakshmi, Advocate
  137. Mohammed Shakeel, Advocate
  138. Ranjana, Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression, Bhubaneswar
  139. Kalpana Karunakaran, IIT Madras
  140. Kavitha Muralidharan, Journalist, Chennai
  141. Meera Velayudhan, Policy Analyst, Kochi
  142. Prema Revati, Educationist
  143. Rachana Mudraboyina, Telangana Hijra Intersex Transgender Samiti
  144. Vasudha Katju, Researcher, New Delhi
  145. Aisha Farooqui, Prof. (Retd) Osmania University
  146. Swathy Margaret, Researcher
  147. S. Ashalatha, Social Activist
  148. Radhika Khajuria, New Delhi
  149. Purwa Bharadwaj, Delhi
  150. Ketki Ranade, Mumbai
  151. Asha Achuthan, Mumbai
  152. Vineeta Bal, Pune.
  153. Anjali Rawat, Law Researcher
  154. Anubha Rastogi, Lawyer, Mumbai
  155. Madhu Bhushan
  156. Aatreyee Sen, Forum for Human Rights and Justice, Himachal Pradesh
  157. Pragya Joshi, PUCL, Udaipur
  158. Dr. Albertina Almeida, Advocate, Goa.
  159. Vennela Madabhushi, Lawyer, Bangalore
  160. Anuradha Pati, Development Professional
  161. Soma KP, Independent Research Scholar
  162. Lata Singh, JNU
  163. Urmilla Chandran, Principal Technical Writer
  164. Kaneez Fatima, Activist and Librarian
  165. Kalyani Menon-Sen, Feminist Learning Partnerships
  166. Masooma Ranalvi, We SpeakOut
  167. Srinivas Vellikad, Senior Manager, Documentation.
  168. S. Seethalakshmi, Researcher
  169. Lakshmi Lingam, Professor, Mumbai
  170. Sunkara Rajendra Prasad, Advocate, Vijayawada
  171. Vahida Nainar, Mumbai
  172. Laxmi Murthy, Journalist, Bangalore
  173. Jayasree.A K., Professor, Community Medicine, Govt. Medical College, Kannur, Kerala
  174. Shaitan Singh, Law Student, Visakhapatnam
  175. Anjana Ramanathan, Advocate
  176. Piyoli Swatija, Advocate
  177. VS Krishna, Human Rights Forum
  178. Smita Gupta, New Delhi
  179. Geeta Seshu, Journalist
  180. Lakshmi Krishnamurthy
  181. Reva Yunus, Azim Premji University
  182. Ritu Dewan, Vice President at Indian Society of Labour Economics
  183. Sarojini.N, New Delhi
  184. Brinelle D’souza, TISS
  185. Deeptha Achar, Professor, Baroda
  186. Shilpaa Anand, BITS- Pilani, Hyderabad campus
  187. Shefali Jha, University of Hyderabad
  188. M. Madhavi, Assistant Professor, Presidency University, Bangalore
  189. Kumar Shubham Raj, Advocate, Bihar
  190. Bushra Quasmi, Asst Prof, DSNLU, Visakhapatnam
  191. B Syama Sundari, Dastakar Andhra
  192. Abha Bhaiya, Jagori
  193. Ambika Tandon, New Delhi
  194. Anandhi.S, Researcher, Chennai
  195. Shalini Gera, Advocate, Bilaspur High Court
  196. Govind Kelkar, Senior Advisor – Women, Land & Productive Assets
  197. Sharmila Sreekumar, IIT, Bangalore
  198. PV Srividya, Journalist, Krishnagiri
  199. K. Katyayani, Prof (Retd), Kakatitya University, Warangal
  200. Deepa V health Activist, Delhi
  201. Sunita Sheel, Forum for Medical Ethics Society, Mumbai; Vidhayak Trust, Pune
  202. Anuradha Kapoor, Kolkata
  203. Veena Johari, Advocate, Mumbai
  204. Mumtaz Sheikh, CORO Mahila Mandal federation Mumbai
  205. Rohini Hensman, Writer & Researcher
  206. Dr Sagari R Ramdas, Veterinary Scientist
  207. Tashi Choedup, Buddhist Monastic, Human Rights Activist
  208. Aditi Joshi, Mumbai
  209. Amarjit Singh, Mumbai
  210. Kaveri Dadhich, Mumbai
  211. Padma, Independent Researcher , Mumbai
  212. Shakun Doundiyakhed, Ooty
  213. R. Alphonso, Mumbai
  214. Neha Singh, Mumbai
  215. Shewli Kumar, Mumbai
  216. Bharati Kapadia, Mumbai
  217. Bindhulakshmi Pattadath, Mumbai
  218. Catrinel Dunca, Ahmedabad
  219. Nirja Vasavada, Ahmedabad
  220. Shumona Goel
  221. Mani A., Kolkata
  222. Kamaxi Bhate, Mumbai
  223. Mridul Dudeja, Mumbai
  224. Rakhi Sehgal, Labour Activist, New Delhi
  225. Gayatri, Faculty, TISS, Hyderabad
  226. Abhiti Gupta, Legal Activist, New Delhi
  227. Maneka Khanna, Advocate, Delhi
  228. Surabhi Dhar, Advocate, Delhi
  229. Zeba Sikora, Advocate, Mumbai
  230. Rupali Samuel, Advocate, Delhi
  231. Payoshi Roy, Advocate, Mumbai
  232. Archit Krishna, Advocate, Chattisgarh
  233. Satnam Kaur, New Delhi
  234. Reethika Ravikumar, Mumbai
  235. Mini Mathew, Advocate, Mumbai
  236. Sadhna Arya, University of Delhi
  237. Fatima N, Tamil Nadu
  238. Poorva Rajaram, Researcher, New Delhi
  239. Vanessa Chishti, Jindal Law University, Sonipat
  240. Esther Moraes, New Delhi
  241. Niti Saxena, Lawyer, Researcher, and Activist, Lucknow
  242. Tusharika Mattoo, Advocate, Delhi
  243. Maulshree Pathak, Advocate Delhi
  244. Shreya Munoth, Advocate, Delhi
  245. Sayali Kadu, Advocate, Delhi
  246. Shuchi Dwivedi, Advocate, Delhi
  247. Rhea Goyal, Advocate, Delhi
  248. Sowjhanya Shankaran, Advocate, Delhi
  249. Anushree Malviya, Advocate, Delhi
  250. Sonal Sarda, Advocate, Delhi
  251. Sanya Kumar, Advocate, Delhi
  252. Shreya Rastogi, Advocate, Delhi
  253. Harshita Reddy, Advocate, Delhi
  254. Sanjana Srikumar, Advocate, Delhi
  255. Avantika,AdvocateDelhi
  256. Ninni Susan Thomas, Advocate Delhi
  257. Nidhi Rao Gummuluru, Advocate, Delhi
  258. Vasundhara Majithia, Advocate Delhi
  259. MeghanaSengupta, Advocate Delhi
  260. Shailiza Sharma, Advocate, Delhi High Court
  261. Kanika Sood, Advocate Delhi
  262. KrutiVenkatesh, Advocate, Bombay High Court
  263. Bhavana Sunder, Advocate, Bombay High Court
  264. Rhea Jha, Advocate, Bombay High Court
  265. Devyani Kulkarni, Advocate, High Court, Bombay
  266. Khusboo Agarwal, Bombay
  267. Sara Ahmed, Bombay
  268. Surabhi Singh, Advocate, High Court at Bombay
  269. Ronita Bhattacharya, Advocate, High Court, Bombay
  270. Jahnavi Vishwanath, Chennai
  271. Janaki Abraham, Delhi University
  272. Dimple Oberoi Vahali
  273. Vandana Mahajan, A Feminist Practitioner
  274. Lalita Ramdas, Educator and Citizen, Alibag, Maharashtra
  275. Chitra Sinha, Centre for Gender Research, Uppsala University, Sweden
  276. Vasudha Sawaiker, Social Justice Action Committee, Goa
  277. Amita Kanekar, Writer, Goa
  278. Adsa Fatima, Health Activist, Delhi
  279. Dr Mira Shiva
  280. Dr. Saswati Ghosh, Academic and Activist, Kolkata
  281. Amita Pitre, Consultant, Public Health and Gender Justice, Mumbai
  282. Gayatri Singh, Senior Advocate, Bombay High Court
  283. Bindhulakshmi, Mumbai
  284. Radhika Desai, Hyderabad
  285. Ritu Menon, New Delhi
  286. Shraddha Chickerur, Hyderabad
  287. Svati Joshi, Ahmedabad
  288. Aruna Burte, Pune
  289. Malavika Karlekar, New Delhi
  290. Sujata Gothoskar, Trade Union Activist, Mumbai
  291. Nalini Nair, SEWA, Kerala
  292. Sangeeta Chatterji, FAOW
  293. Nisha, National Convenor, WSS
  294. Ajita, National Convenor, WSS
  295. Shalini, National Convenor, WSS
  296. Rinchin, National Convenor, WSS
  297. Hiranmay Karlekar, New Delhi
  298. Rina Mukerji, Independent Journalist
  299. Vibhuti Patel, Mumbai
  300. Kavita Krishnan, AIPWA, New Delhi
  301. Swarna Rajgopalan, Chennai
  302. Chittaroopa Palit, Madhya Pradesh
  303. Bondita Acharya, Human Rights Activist, Assam
  304. Bela Bhatia, Bastar
  305. AI Sharada, Laadli, Population First
  306. Amit Mitra, New Delhi
  307. Sujata Mody, National Secretary, New Delhi Trade Union Initiative
  308. M. Dilli, Joint Secretary, Garment and Fashion Workers Union, Chennai
  309. Anju Talukdar, Independent law and development professional, New Delhi
  310. Vidha Saumya, Visual Artist, Oshiwara, Mumbai
  311. Jasveen Jairath, Consultant, Water and Ecology, Concerned Citizens, Hyderabad
  312. Shreya Suresh, Advocate, Bangalore
  313. Sowmya Khandelwal, Associate at a Law Firm, Bangalore
  314. M.V. Swaroop, Advocate, Madras High Court
  315. Tashi Choedip, Queer Buddhist Activist, Bodhgaga, Bihar
  316. Mangla Verma, Advocate, New Delhi
  317. Chitra Narayan, Advocate, Chennai
  318. Anusha Ramanathan, Visiting Faculty, University of Mumbai, Consultant, TISS
  319. Richa, Humsafar, Lucknow
  320. Sunila Singh, Woman Human Rights Defender, New Delhi
  321. Zainab, Humsafar, Lucknow
  322. Afroz Jahan, Humsafar, Lucknow
  323. Anurekha, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad
  324. Lalita, National Alliance of Women’s Organizations, Odisha
  325. Sister Lissy Joseph, National Domestic Workers Movement, Hyderabad
  326. Nikhat Fatima, Journal Activist
  327. Vasundhara Vedula, Mumbai
  328. Swatija Manorama, Mumbai
  329. Amrita Howlader, Kolkata
  330. Nazia Akhter, Hyderabad
  331. Swarup Beria, Guwahati
  332. Arpita Jaya, Quill Foundation
  333. Sheela Rahulan, Vanithakalasahithi, Trivandrum
  334. Dr. Iris Koileo, Associate Professor (Retd.), St. Xavier’s College, Women Writers Group, Vinimaya, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
  335. Rita Manchanda
  336. Noella de Souza
  337. Jeevika Shiv, Lawyer
  338. Suroor Mander
  339. Angbin Yasmin, New Delhi
  340. Sujata Surepally, Hyderabad
  341. Pushpesh Kumar, Hyderabad
  342. Simrita Gopal Singh, Pune
  343. Suneeta Dhar, Delhi
  344. Chanda Asani, Jaipur
  345. Saumya Uma, Delhi
  346. Debika Chakravarty, Mumbai
  347. Supriya Jan, CORO India, Mumbai
  348. Huma Ghosh
  349. Amrita Nandy
  350. Deepti Sharma, New Delhi
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