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Law Day observed at Symbiosis, Pune

Justice Shalini Phansalkar-Joshi (retd), former judge, Bombay High Court, addressed the students on ‘Gender, human rights and Indian judiciary

pune Updated: Mar 17, 2019 16:32 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, Pune
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Shalini Phansalkar Joshi, former judge speaks during the Law day function at Symbiosis Law School in Pune on Saturday.(Shankar Narayan/HT PHOTO)

Symbiosis Law School, Pune, observed Law Day on March 16 and organised Justice YV Chandrachud memorial public lecture at professional development and continuing legal education hall, Vimannagar, on Saturday.

Justice Shalini Phansalkar-Joshi (retd), former judge, Bombay High Court, addressed the students on ‘Gender, human rights and Indian judiciary.’

Phansalkar–Joshi spoke about how the Indian Constitution has been a product of the fight for not only freedom, but also equality. “It conferred, from its inception, equal rights upon men and women, being thus an important movement towards the cause of gender equality,” she said.

The former judge elaborated on the various provisions of the constitution that have been construed over time to provide protection, equality and basic human rights to women. “The judiciary has played a seminal role of a catalyst, at times forcing the call of society and at times looking beyond the current times. It has replaced injustice, bondage and servitude with justice and equality,” she said.

She stressed on the importance of the fundamental rights, dealing with rights to equality (Article 14), rights against discrimination on the basis of sex (Article 15 -16) and others. She also highlighted some of the directive principles of state policy such as equal pay for equal work, and gender equality in a larger sense for the cause of legal recognition of women and their rights.

“Law is a tool to both liberate oneself and for liberating others. It is also to empower women by empowering the law with a feminist vision. In short, the concept of gender justice is how to make the law work for the cause of women and gender,” she said.

SB Mujumdar, chancellor, Symbiosis International University; Shashikala Gurpur, Fulbright scholar (educational exchange programme sponsored by the US government), director, Symbiosis Law School, Pune and dean, faculty of law, Symbiosis International University also shared their thoughts during the event.

The programme ended with chief guest and the students taking the ‘Law Day oath’ followed by Tejaswi Sevekari, director, Saheli, who is the knowledge partner with Symbiosis Law School, speaking about her experience of collaborating with the faculty and students of the college, on various projects.

First Published: Mar 17, 2019 16:31 IST