About Chanakya National Law University (CNLU)
Chanakya National Law University (CNLU) is a public law school and a National law University in Patna, Bihar, India. It was established in 2006 by the Government of Bihar (Bihar Act 24 of 2006) as a public university dedicated to the field of legal education.
The Chief Justice of Patna High Court is the ex officio chancellor of the university. It is one of the autonomous law schools in India. The campus is located right near the heart of the city in the Mithapur area and has an area of approximately 18 acres.
About Child Rights Centre
The Child Rights Centre (CRC) is a specialised research centre of the Chanakya National Law University, Patna, which runs UNICEF since November 2018. The Centre's mission is to engage with child rights from a multi-disciplinary perspective and provide integrated technical support to different layers of institutional governance at local, state, and national levels to protect child rights through Knowledge Management, Human Resource Development and System Strengthening.
To this end, the Centre facilitate research support to different stakeholders involved in the child rights paradigm. In addition, it seeks to aid institutionalization of best practices through research, collaboration, training, review, policy suggestions, field research, improving thereby, and access to justice for children and promoting research, advanced learning and advocacy and community action to strengthen child rights laws, policies and practices in Bihar and India.
About National Commission for Women
The National Commission for Women was set up as statutory body in January 1992 under the National Commission for Women Act, 1990 (Act No.20 of 1990 of Govt. of India) to review the Constitutional and legal safeguards for women; recommend remedial legislative measures, facilitate redressal of grievances and advise the Government on all policy matters affecting women.
The Committee on the Status of Women in India (CSWI) recommended nearly two decades ago, the setting up of a National Commission for women to fulfil the surveillance functions to facilitate redressal of grievances and to accelerate the socio-economic development of women.
About the Webinar
Bihar is a state who is least development as compared to other states of India. Condition of women in India is also not up to mark since most of the population of Bihar population are belonging to Villages. If we see the health profile of this state, then we come to know that Bihar has the lowest health profile. There are various reasons behind it and pregnancy is also one of the reasons behind it. If we talk about the rights of women in context of pregnancy in India there is no appropriate law for it. In about 70 years of Independence of India, women are working in many sectors parallel to the men.
In context of Reproductive Rights, judgments of Puttaswamy, this recognizes the constitutional right of the women which give freedom to make their reproductive choices. It cover under the Article 21 of the Indian Constitution (Justice K S Puttaswamy v Union of India 2012a: para 72, 2012b: para 46, 2012c: para 38).The bench also reiterated the position adopted by a three-judge bench in Suchita Srivastava v Chandigarh Administration (2009), which held that reproductive rights include a woman’s entitlement to carry a pregnancy to its full term, to give birth, and to subsequently raise children; and that these rights form part of a woman’s right to privacy, dignity, and bodily integrity. But things are very much different in reality.
If we talk about the life expectancy, it is higher in developed country as compared to India. In India we can see that the expectancy of the female is not same as the women of developed countries which indicate the poor health of women in India. This poor health might be due to different reasons and reproductive choice is one of them. One big issue of India society is that the choice of getting son and these things is governed by the elder of the family. Such practices of getting son as a baby are very common in northern India especially in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. This proposed webinar will focus on the condition of women particularly in context of their rights in reproductive choice in different districts of Bihar.
Speakers & Topic Details
Prof. Bhavna Verma
Professor, Department of Social Work, Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. “Social Impact of COVID-19 on Reproductive Health of Women and Adolescents”.
Dr. Padmini Ravindranath
Associate Professor, Department of Economics (MMV), Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. "The Socio-Economic Dimensions of Women’s Reproductive Health: Issues and Implications".
Mrs. Sugandha Sinha
Assistant Professor of Law, Chanakya National Law University, Mithapur, Patna, Bihar. “Legal Aspects Reproductive Choice of Women: Components, Features and Gaps”.
· Hon'ble Justice Mrs. Mridula Mishra, Vice-chancellor, Chanakya National Law University, Patna.
· Mr. Manoranjan Prasad Srivastava, Registrar, Chanakya National Law University, Patna.
Dr. Aman Kumar, Centre Coordinator, CRC CNLU, Mobile +91 99565 85759
Mr. Chandan Kumar Sinha, Programme Coordinator, CRC CNLU Mobile +91 88041 86330