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Research Projects

Past Activities:
Comments on the Draft National Education Policy, 2016 and Draft Trafficking Prevention Bill, 2016

The Center through it Law and Society wing has provided its comments based on extensive doctrinal research on various instances of the Government’s invitation for comments on Draft Bills and Policies such as Draft National Education Policy, 2016, Draft Trafficking Prevention Bill, 2016 and the Mental Health Care Bill, 2013.

Handbook Series on Social Welfare Legislations

Handbooks pertaining to different social welfare legislations that contribute to the simplification of law for the masses are compiled in FAQ format for the benefit of the common man. The Wing made booklets on three areas viz. Good Samaritan Law, Consumer Protection Act and Basic Property Laws.

Research Project on Fiscal Focus of the Union on Healthcare and Education

The Centre conducted a research project on the Fiscal Focus of the Union on Healthcare and Education, critically analyzing the Union Budget allocations with respect to the healthcare and education sectors. The Wing analyzed the budgetary statistics of the Vajpayee government (1998-2004), UPA Government-I (2004-2009), UPA Government-II (2009-2014), and the incumbent NDA government (2014-present) to examine the trend in allocation with respect to these sectors. The report also discussed practices prevalent in other developing countries such as Brazil, South Africa and the importance being attached by them to budgetary allocation in these sectors.

Research Book in Collaboration with Model Governance Foundation

The Centre, in collaboration with the Model Governance Foundation, released a research book on various themes pertaining to law, education, governance, economics, and healthcare, among others.

Upcoming Activities:
Research Project on The Anti-Discrimination and Equality Bill, 2016

Ever since independence, India has made piecemeal attempts for ensuring a discrimination free environment with separate legislations for SC/ST, people with disabilities, women and other groups. While these measures have been able to address the issues at a minor scale, the all-pervasive discriminatory behaviour that is imbibed in the social milieu continues to remain unaddressed.

Enforcing Fundamental Rights against Citizens: The Need for a Civil Rights Act

While the Indian Constitution has ensured that an effective remedy is provided against the state in case of arbitrary exercises of power, the same does not adequately address the needs of today. There have been instances where the aggrieved party was unable to bring an action for violation of rights under Part III of the Constitution for the simple reason that the Article 12 restricts the applicability of fundamental rights to the government and its instrumentalities and not against private individuals.

The aim of this study would be threefold i) argue for a civil rights act that would be attracted once any of the Part III rights are infringed by individuals, ii) what India can learn from countries which have adopted such measures like the United States, iii) come up with a draft bill. The J&K Government recently passed an order curbing the use of social media by its employees.

Research Projects (ongoing):
Study on the Rehabilitation of Acid Attack Victims

Acid attacks have seen an alarming growth in India over the last decade. Acid attacks are a form of violence against women, where the perpetrator splashes a person or object with acid in order to deface or kill them. In most cases, acid attacks permanently disfigure, debilitate and, eventually, destroy the victim, both physically and psychologically. While many attacks have resulted in slow and painful deaths, in others young women getting disfigured, maimed and confined to homes for life. They continue to battle medical complications as acid trickles into the body and damages internal organs over an extended period of time. The endeavor is to provide solutions for a better life for the victims as not much has been addressed when it comes to the rehabilitation of the victims.

Half Widows of Kashmir

There have been a lot of disappearances in the state of Jammu and Kashmir after the militant uprising in 1990s. Women, whose husbands are missing, are facing a number of problems regarding divorce, maintenance etc. in view of traditional Islamic laws applicable to personal affairs. GCLS aims to carry out empirical research, gather literature from NGOs working in Kashmir and prepare a report on the same which shall be submitted to the government of Jammu & Kashmir.