In collaboration with the Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS) and the National Council of Women Leaders (NCWL), DHRDNet conducted extensive on-ground research and interventions in seven Indian states. Based on their knowledge and experiences, they compiled a report on “Caste-Based Honour Crimes.” Additionally, they took the initiative to draft the “Freedom of Marriage and Association and Prohibition of Crimes in the Name of Honour 2022” bill. Furthermore, DHRDNet prepared a report on the implementation of the “Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 1989” and its accompanying Rules from 1995.
A Consultation program was organised on 30th March at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, Maharashtra, to facilitate discussions on the aforementioned reports and the specifics of the draft bill. A key focus of this consultation was to ensure the involvement of decision-making bodies. Invitations were extended to Members of Parliament (MPs) and Members of Legislative Assemblies (MLAs) to participate, alongside representatives from Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Dalit Human Rights Defenders (DHRDs), Research Scholars, experts, and Advocates. The primary purpose of this consultation was to utilize these reports for advocacy and to advocate for improved implementation of the acts.
The consultation began with a warm welcome and introduction of all the participants, facilitated by Adv. Payal Gaikwad. Ms. Majula Pradeep then provided a concise overview of the program, highlighting its significance and outlining the day’s schedule. She also outlined the objectives of the consultation, setting the tone for the discussions ahead. Ms. Prachi Salve from ACAR and Mr. Bhanu Pratap from Manuski were the organisers representing DHRDnet.