Through the process of litigation, both individual and PILs, the initiative creates an alternative method to hold government accountable of their legal duties. It has moved the courts to set both a national and international legal precedent by ensuring accountability for maternal death. The initiative actively provides pro bono legal aid for the poor, marginalised and vulnerable whose reproductive health rights have been violated.



The lack of “Access to Contraceptives and Information Services” : A case from Haryana

Access to Contraceptives, Case, Haryana, Litigation

Himmat Mahila Samooh vs. Union of Inida & Ors., demands access to contraceptive information and services for women in Haryana. According to the 2014 District Level Household Survey (DLHS) for Haryana, the State has a 30% unmet need for contraceptives, meaning that 30% of married women in the state ....
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Fact-Finding Report on Compliance Visits to Motia Khan Shelter

Litigation, Maternal Health, New Delhi, Research and Fact Finding

On 1st February 2013, the High Court of New Delhi heard opening arguments in the case of Priya Kale vs. Government of NCT Delhi and Ors., (W.P. (C) 641 of 2013). The case concerns the shocking conditions in government homeless shelters in Delhi, particularly for pregnant and lactating women. The petitioner, ....
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Fact-Finding Mission to Examine and Evaluate Compliance to National Rural Health Mission Guidelines

Bihar, Litigation, Maternal Health, Research and Fact Finding

In June 2012 Human Rights Law Network (HRLN) conducted a fact-finding mission in Bihar, India to seek first-hand knowledge concerning the implementation of National Rural Health Mission’s (NRHM) guidelines for standards in public health care facilities. The fact-finding team consisted of two representatives from HRLN and was accompanied by ....
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Delhi High Court recognises Maternal Deaths as a human rights violation

Impact, Litigation, New Delhi, Update

Delhi High Court recognises Maternal Deaths as a human rights violation Laxmi Mandal v. Deen Dayal Harinagar Hospital & ORS, (W.P.(C) 8853/2008) High Court of Delhi In the year 2010, the Delhi High Court issued a landmark judgment where for the first time a constitutional court has recognised ....
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The insensitive practice of Sterilisation ‘Drives’: A case from Bihar

Bihar, Case, Impact, Litigation, Sterilisation, Update

The irresponsible and target driven practice of ‘sterilization camps’ in India have resulted into an incident which completely violated the women’s right to life as we witness in the case, Devika Biswas v. Union of India & Ors. . In January, 2012, a sterilization camp was conducted in the ....
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