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
AALI began conducting regular work in Azamgarh in 2009, holding workshops and trainings in schools and madrasas to build community awareness of human and legal rights. That same year, AALI surveyed multiple villages in Azamgarh to assess local need and evaluate the main issues faced by Muslim communities in the district. During that time, AALI recognized that many Azamgarh women are unable to avail of the legal benefits to which they are entitled, including ration cards, widow’s pensions, and educational schemes. As a result, where necessary AALI has focused on providing community members with information and training on gaining access to government services, in addition to holding rights-based and legal workshops.
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.
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.
[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.
Arrest brings humiliation, curtails freedom and casts scars forever … The need for caution in exercising the drastic power of arrest has been emphasized time and again by Courts but has not yielded desired result. … Our endeavour in this judgment is to ensure that police officers do not arrest accused unnecessarily and Magistrate do not authorise detention casually and mechanically.
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.
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.
A girl who has attained the age of discretion and was on the verge of attaining majority and is capable of knowing what was good and what was bad for her, cannot be said to be a victim of inducement. … In such circumstances, desire of the girl/victim is required to be seen.
An act of domestic violence once committed, subsequent decree of divorce will not absolve the liability of the Respondent from the offence committed or to deny the benefit to which the aggrieved person is entitled under the Domestic Violence Act, 2005 including monetary relief Under Section 20, Child Custody Under Section 21, Compensation Under Section 22 and interim or ex parte order Under Section 23 of the Domestic Violence Act, 2005.
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.
We are of the opinion that the liberty to move, mix, mingle, talk, share through company cannot be substantially curtailed and the action taken was totally violative of Article 21 of the Constitution. …[W]e are of the opinion that the action of the Sub-Divisional Magistrate was not only arbitrary but there was total deprivation of the personal liberty of the petitioner, which was issued without any authority of law.
[T]he purpose of our holding [in this judgment] is to give the wife’s right to residence a meaningful efficacy as dictated by the needs of the times; we do not intend nor do we propose the landlord’s right to eviction against his tenant to be subordinated to wife’s right to residence enforceable against her husband. Let both the rights co-exist so long as they can.