About the University
Amity University Haryana was established in 2010, vide Haryana (Private Universities) Act, 2006, as amended vide Act of 2010. Amity Law School, one of its Faculties, commenced functioning in 2011.
ICSSR is an autonomous organization established by the Government of India in 1969 to promote, review, encourage, assist, and coordinate social science research. As a part of its Programme, six Regional Centres were set up across the country to act as a representative of the ICSSR to provide information and implement the programs and activities of the Council in the Region.
The North Western Regional Centre of the ICSSR was set up on the campus of the Panjab University, in 1977, on the initiative of Professor J.P. Naik, Member Secretary, ICSSR New Delhi, and Professor R.C. Paul, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University. It acts as a representative of the ICSSR New Delhi for the promotion of social sciences and as an information Centre for disseminating and implementing the programs and the activities of the Council.
The jurisdiction of the North-Western Regional Centre of ICSSR extends to the states of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, and the Union Territory of Chandigarh.
About the Seminar
After successfully conducting numerous events, ALS is proud to conduct a National Seminar in collaboration with the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) on Revisiting Women-Centric Laws from the Eyes of the Judiciary North-West Region on 29 April 2022.
Women have been at the receiving end of discriminatory practices for generations, and measures
to protect and promote their rights are usually lagging and lacking in providing the desired result,
i.e. Equality or equal treatment.
The role of women for centuries was defined and confined to either domestic work or areas that were designated as a woman’s job, like nursing, secretarial work, etc. It is majorly during the last century that this sphere, within which women were confined, saw broadening with women working in areas that were traditionally considered a man’s job.
Even though access to education and a wider range of employment opportunities can be seen today, women continue to face discrimination at work and at home.
Since independence, various legislations and measures have been enacted and implemented by the
Indian Government for ensuring gender equality and equity. However, the prevailing cultural traditions and social norms which are encased as Personal Laws continue to discriminate against women.
Women-related issues have been dealt with by the Indian Judiciary with the utmost care, and it has played an important role in upholding the rights and dignity of women through several landmark judgments. These judgments, delivered by various Courts of the country since independence, have influenced the enactment or amendment of many laws dealing with women’s rights.
The following objectives are specifically aimed at addressing the issues prevalent and faced by
women in the North-West Region of India:
- To educate the participants about the role that Judiciary plays in empowering women.
- To enhance the participants’ knowledge regarding the challenges and hurdles faced by
- To sensitize the participants vis-à-vis Reproductive Rights of Women.
- To deliberate, discuss and elucidate upon the existing Legislations, Policies and Laws to
achieve Women Empowerment.
- Role of Judiciary in Empowering Women
Judiciary has always played an important role in empowering women, by not only implementing the laws but also promulgating them. Judgements involving different aspects of issues faced by women, have shaped the movement towards providing de-facto equality to them in India and upheld the Constitutional mandate. These have shown that the judicial approach towards upholding and or promoting women’s rights has been proactively setting precedents for future reference, besides providing the stimulus for stringent laws to protect women’s rights. Overall the role played by the Indian Judiciary has considerably changed the attitude of society towards how women are viewed and their issues are addressed. However, there is a need of further sensitization of the Judiciary.
- Challenges and Hurdles in Women’s Empowerment
India is predominantly a patrilineal, patrilocal and patriarchal society wherein the descent is traced
through the male line and women move to the household of the husband after marriage. This
social structure defines the role of women as secondary and limited to domestic or household
Women in India are subjected to various discriminatory practices, rooted in the norms and
customs prevalent in the society. Besides the cultural hurdles, sometimes the laws and policies are
also discriminatory, either directly or indirectly. For example, many Personal Laws have unequal
distribution of rights amongst women and men with regards to inheritance, marriage, owning
Issues like female foeticide, dowry, child marriage, girl child education, sexual and non-sexual
violence etc. are still rampant in India, despite specific legislations, and are a constant attack on
the Fundamental Right of Women to Personal Life and Liberty guaranteed under Article 21 of the
- Reproductive Technologies and Rights of Women
Motherhood in Indian society is an identity given to women, which many times defines
them. From ancient times, the problem of “INFERTILITY” was linked to women only. This has resulted in the ill-treatment of infertile women by their in laws and society as a whole treats them as a bad omen. Such treatment towards women is also the cause of increased mental health issues.
Over the last decade, Indian Courts have issued several notable decisions recognizing women’s reproductive rights as part of the “inalienable survival rights”, implicitly protected under the Fundamental Right to Life. Certain ground-breaking judgments have laid the foundation for Indian Courts to play a strong role in preventing and addressing ongoing violations of women’s reproductive rights.
- Legislation, Policies, and Law to Achieve Women’s Empowerment
The Constitutional mandate of ensuring gender equality and equity is being maintained by the
State through various enactments and legislative measures that ensure the protection to women’s
rights and dignity. These include provisions in Penal Laws and many Special Laws that have been
enacted for addressing specific crimes against women. For instance, the Indian Penal Code,1860,
the Maternity Benefit Act, 1961 (Amended in 1995), Dowry Prohibition Act, (Amended in 2005),
The Equal Remuneration Act, 1976, The Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006, Indecent
Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act, 1986, The Protection of Women from Domestic
Violence Act, 2005 and The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition
and Redressal) Act, 2013.
- Articles and Research Papers on the theme are invited from Academicians, Researchers, Advocates, and Students.
- Co-authorship is permissible (subject to an upper limit of 2 Authors per submission).
- The main Author and/or presenting Author shall register separately.
- Word Limit of the Abstract: 300–350 words with keywords.
- The abstract shall be accompanied by a brief profile of the author indicating their name, University/ Organization/ Institution, Email ID, contact number, and official address.
- The Author(s) shall specify the Title of the Paper, and the Name(s) of the author(s).
- All Abstracts to be uploaded in the Google Form.
Final Paper Submission
- Word Limit of the Final Paper: 2500-3000 words.
- Final paper should have a cover page containing the following:
- Full name(s) of the Author(s)
- Professional/Educational Details
- Email address(es)
- Contact number(s)
- It must be typed in Times New Roman Font Size 12 on A4 size paper with 1” margin on
all sides with 1.5 line spacing using MS Word.
- The Paper is to be submitted through e-mail only with the subject as “Final Paper Submission for National Seminar” on email@example.com
- The Blue Book: A Uniform System of Citation (Latest ed.) must be strictly adhered to while submitting the Abstracts and full Paper.
- The Certificate of Presentation and Participation will be distributed to participants.
- Last Date for submission of Abstract: April 10, 2022
- Intimation of acceptance of Abstract: April 13, 2022
- Full Paper Submission for presentation (Soft Copy) and Registration Form: April 24, 2022
- Seminar: April 29, 2022
- Final Paper Submission for publication (Soft Copy): May 15, 2022
How to Register?
- No registration fee
- Each Participant should register individually through the link- https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfFxlthX9yR1ho11s0uVetFsY3OTw5Zi4obSFISMb5XAGMQqg/viewform
In case of any queries, participants may contact the undersigned.
- Ms. Asha Meena, Assistant Professor
- Dr. Vijay Pal Singh, Assistant Professor
- Ms. Monica Yadav, Associate Professor
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