Independent report

Legislative and procedural tools addressing violence against women in India

The project was funded from Human Rights and Democracy Programme of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Documents

Locating the survivor in the Indian criminal justice system: Decoding the law (English)

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Engaging with the criminal justice system: A guide for survivors of sexual violence (English)

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Locating the survivor in the Indian criminal justice system: Decoding the law (in Tamil)

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Engaging with the criminal justice system: A guide for survivors of sexual violence (Tamil)

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Engaging with the criminal justice system: A guide for survivors of sexual violence (Malayalam)

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Locating the survivor in the Indian criminal justice system: Decoding the law (Malayalam)

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The project titled ‘Legislative and procedural tools addressing violence against women in India’ was funded from Human Rights and Democracy Programme of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. These publications are a result of our support to Lawyers Collective.

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Details on the publications below:

  • The publication “Locating the survivor in the Indian criminal justice system: Decoding the law” is aimed at those assisting survivors of sexual offences, in navigating the criminal justice system. It is intended to provide a step-by-step guidance to those working with survivors i.e. lawyers and prosecutors. Identifying the various stakeholders in the justice delivery machinery, it points out the specific roles assigned to each. The document provides a comprehensive coverage of the survivor’s entitlement introduced by the Criminal Law (Amendment), Act, 2013. It also discusses the complementary changes brought in the Indian Penal Code, 1860 and the Indian Evidence Act, 1872.

  • The publication entitled “Engaging with the criminal justice system: A guide for survivors of sexual violence” contains frequently asked questions (FAQs) aimed to assist the survivor in the various stages of her case. Some of the issues which this guide covers are:

    • what acts constitute rape or sexual violence,
    • what is the difference between a bailable / non bailable, cognizable and non cognizable offence
    • what information should an FIR contain, and
    • what are the options for the survivor if the police do not register an FIR.