AALI is a feminist legal advocacy and resource group addressing women's issues through a rights-based perspective.
AALI envisions an egalitarian social system that recognizes women as complete individuals and equal human beings through advocacy for women's human rights. Our organization undertakes research, activism, and direct response with a strong focus on violence against women and the right to choice in relationship decision-making. Since the organization’s founding in 1998, AALI has aimed to fulfill the following objectives.
Mission and Objectives
- To advocate and work for the issues and concerns of women, especially those from marginalized and deprived communities.
- To undertake fact-findings, legal research, and policy analysis focused on women’s rights issues, particularly on the right to choice in relation to sexual autonomy.
- To act as a legal support organization and resource center with a feminist perspective for other women’s groups, collectives, organizations, institutions, and individuals.
- ~ To create, publish, and distribute material pertaining to women’s rights, issues, and concerns.
- To provide legal and other required assistance to women, especially abused women, as well as initiate legal action and intervene in legal issues pertaining to the right to choice and violence against women.
- To network and maintain links with other organizations and women’s groups at the regional, national, and international levels on issues related to women.
- Landmark Order Delhi HC directs Govt. to provide job to an Acid Attack Victim : The state owes a duty to provide free medical treatment to acid attack victims, said the Court, 29th March,2016March 29, 2016 In an attempt to bring justice to the victims of acid attacks, the Delhi High Court went a step further to acknowledge and support the daily life struggles of their ... MORE
- Human Rights Defenders under Police Attack in Chhattisgarh, Press Statement by Jagdalpur Legal Aid Group (JagLag)21st February,2016February 22, 2016 ‘Soni Sori, local adivasi leader and the Aam Aadmi Party coordinator for Bastar Division, was attacked by three goons on her way home on the 20th of February in Geedam. ... MORE
- Allahabad High Court allows a minor girl to live with her husband- Marriage of a Minor is not void;Saturday, 12th September,2015September 17, 2015 Lucknow Bench of Allahabad High Court in a Habeas Corpus petition, allowed a minor girl to live with her husband. A division bench comprising of Justices Ajai Lamba and Ashok ... MORE
AALI Directly Intervenes in the Following Concerns of Human Rights :
- Women’s Right to Choice and Decision Making in Sexual Relationships
- “Honour” Related Killing/ Suicide
- Rape and other forms of sexual violence (Child Sexual Abuse)
- Sexual Harassment at Workplace
- Acid Attack
- Domestic Violence
- Forced Marriage (Child Marriage)
- Women's Right to Mobility
- Trafficking of Women
- “Witch” Hunting
Advocacy & Networking
AALI’s Advocacy & Networking programme engages with key stakeholders, including civil society organizations, the media and government authorities, to further awareness and understanding of the law and press for state accountability for the realization of women’s human rights.
Casework & Legal Support
Since 1999, AALI has been intervening in cases of right to choice in relationships and violence against women. In line with the organization’s holistic approach toward addressing issues of particular concern to women, AALI has pursued its casework efforts through a human rights framework.
Started in 2008, the Jharkhand programme serves the urgent need of local community organizations to incorporate the justice delivery mechanism into their programme framework. Paralegal trainings help develop the capacity of grassroots organizations to protect the human rights of marginalized women and children and to ensure State accountability in these matters.
Community Initiative, Azamgarh
The Azamgarh Community Initiative emerged from AALI’s response to the 2008 Batla House encounter, in which the Delhi police stormed the flat of alleged members of the Indian Mujahedeen (IM) suspected of planting bombs in the Indian capital. It is in exploring the various risks of abuse that led AALI to establish its Azamgarh Community Initiative, a programme that strives to empower the local Azamgarh community, especially its women, through implementation of the rule of law.
Upon AALI’s founding in 1998, the creation of a resource department was identified as a critical need in terms of building the organization’s capacity, and AALI began addressing women’s rights in the private sphere by conducting preliminary research on the subject.
The core aspect of democracy is the freedom of an individual to be able to freely operate, within the framework of the laws enacted by the Parliament. The individual should be able to order his or her life any way he or she pleases, as long as it is not violative of the law or constitutes an infraction of any order or direction of a duly constituted court, tribunal or any statutory authority for that matter. Amongst the varied freedoms conferred on an individual (i.e., the citizen), is the right of free speech and expression, which necessarily includes the right to criticise and dissent. Criticism, by an individual, may not be palatable; even so, it cannot be muzzled. Many civil right activists believe that they have the right, as citizens, to bring to the notice of the State the incongruity in the developmental policies of the State. The State may not accept the views of the civil right activists, but that by itself, cannot be a good enough reason to do away with dissent.
It is well-settled law that a minor cannot be confined in Nari Niketan against her wishes. … In the case in hand, the question of the applicant being a minor is irrelevant as even a minor cannot be kept in protective home against her will.
Insofar as the proper treatment, aftercare and rehabilitation of the victims of acid attack is concerned, the meeting convened on 14.03.2015 notes unanimously that full medical assistance should be provided to the victims of acid attack and that private hospitals should also provide free medical treatment to such victims.
On the first blush it may appear quite jarring to certain quarters of the society that by enacting the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005 the legislature has invested a ‘right of residence’ in favour of wives qua premises in which they or their husband admittedly have no right, title or interest and such premises are in fact owned by the relatives of the husband. …[T]he Act does not confer any title or proprietary rights in favour of the aggrieved person as misunderstood by most, but merely secures a ‘right of residence’ in the ‘shared household’. Section 17(2) clarifies that the aggrieved person may be evicted from the ‘shared household’ but only in accordance with the procedure established by law. The legislature has taken care to calibrate and balance the interests of the family members of the respondent.
There is no age bar when it comes to valuing the liberty of a person be she a woman or be he a gent. Even a child has a right to avail of his or her liberties.
Before I attended AALI’s trainings on human rights and law, whenever I visited the police station, I used to provide a written complaint to the officers unaware that merely submitting an application is not considered a FIR. Even though I did case work, I never had faith in the police as I got no relief. Then I learnt there is a standard process to lodge an FIR. A number is issued for instance and obtaining a free copy of the FIR is a legal right of the informant. Now when I do casework, I ensure that the complaint gets registered officially and we receive a copy of it. I also now ensure that whenever I visit the police station, it is always entered in the station’s “Visitor Register”, specially in cases where the police do not cooperate in filing a FIR as per her duty.
[We] are inclined to hold that … the provisions of “respondent” in section 2(q) of the DV Act is not to be read in isolation but has to be read as a part of the scheme of the DV Act. … If so read, the complaint alleging acts of domestic violence is maintainable not only against an adult male person who is son or brother, who is or has been in a domestic relationship with the aggrieved complainant – mother or sister – but the complaint can also be filed against a relative of the son or brother including wife of the son/wife or the brothers and sisters of the male respondent.
We sometimes hear of “honour” killings of such persons who undergo inter-caste or inter-religious marriage of their own free will. There is nothing honourable in such killings, and in fact they are nothing but barbaric and shameful acts of murder committed by brutal, feudal-minded persons who deserve harsh punishment. Only in this way can we stamp out such acts of barbarism.
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An orderly transformation of the society could come only through the instrument of law, for the law is a potent tool of social engineering and fashions and shapes public opinions. If severe punishment to honour killings has not stopped them, if judicial approaches have not reduced their incidence and police would only stand as mute spectators, if not active collaborators, we will come to a situation of accepting these honour killings as unstoppable, that are at once, shameful and abhorrent. The society ought to understand that all the economic progress and developmental goals of what our policy makers endeavour to secure will be trashed, if we cannot respect an adult’s autonomy to choose his or her partner to be together, with or without marriage.