Policy and Research

Policy change and institutional reforms are key to tackling social injustice and bringing long term relief to the oppressed. In India a lot of domestic violence cases go unreported , because they are not taken seriously by the police and other state bodies. Our research on domestic violence abuses led to re-evaluation of the criminal justice system in Gujarat in 1995.

We worked on sensitizing the police force of Gujarat to the plight of these women and have succeeded in incorporating the following procedures to the police manual:

  • On the news of a woman’s hospitalisation or death, a senior police officer is to open an immediate inquiry and to report his findings.

  • The police are to escort a woman who wants to retrieve her belongings from the marital home.

We proposed state-run Counselling Centres for District Police Offices and Metropolitan Commissions to counsel women in distress and perpetrators of violence in case a complaint is registered against them.