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‘Dismayed & shocked By This Blatant Abuse of Power’: 350 Women Lawyers Issue Statement Against SC In-House Committee’s Decision in Sexual Harassment Complaint Against CJI Gogoi (Full text)

"We urge the Supreme Court to correct its own course and undo the gross injustice done to this complainant."

No Justice without a Fair Hearing for Victim of Sexual Harassment in the Supreme Court!

We are activists from women’s groups and civil society members, who have, since the late 1970s, engaged with issues of justice, rights, and law reforms, specifically those related with women, sexual violence and Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace.

Today we are facing an unprecedented crisis of credibility vis-à-vis the Supreme Court. In dealing with a complaint of sexual harassment against the Chief Justice, the court has failed to give the complainant a fair hearing. Disregarding her request for a ‘special enquiry committee’, the Supreme Court instead set up an in-house Committee comprising three judges who are junior to the Chief Justice. Not surprisingly, on May 6, 2019, it declared that there is “no substance in the allegation contained in the complaint.”

We stand in solidarity with the complainant. We vehemently reject this conclusion as it has been arrived at without adherence to norms of a fair and independent enquiry. The procedure followed in this case not only stands in utter violation of principles of natural justice but also in contravention with both, the letter and spirit of Vishakha Judgment and the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act 2013 (henceforth POSH Act) that seek to recognise and mitigate disbalances of power at the workplace.

In spite of these gross violations, and completely ignoring the complainant’s appeals as well as protests from various sections of civil society as also from a sitting judge of the Supreme Court, the Committee has given a clean chit to Chief Justice of India.

We are utterly dismayed and shocked by this blatant abuse of power exercised by the highest constitutional authority, the Supreme Court of India.

We are also aware and would like to bring this to the notice of citizens of India that the complainant and her family are under threat and intimidation.

We are proponents of independence of the judiciary and understand and respect that completely. However, we also believe that pointing out any lapses in the system of justice so that it may be rectified is, in fact, protecting this independence and not interference in procedures.

We are aghast that twenty-two years after the Vishakha judgment and six years after the passing of the Act, there are no clear procedures laid down to address complaints of sexual harassment against the CJI, sitting and retired Judges of the Supreme Court. The assumption that this does not happen at this level has been belied by the recent complaints that have come up against sitting judges across the country. In any case, the judicial system needs to follow the law and lay down appropriate procedures. And in the absence of such laid out procedures, they must adhere to the spirit of the law in force. That is where the Supreme Court has currently failed itself, and the nation.

Today is a dark and sad day. The Supreme Court has told us that when it comes to one of its own, imbalances of power don’t matter, due process doesn’t matter, and basic norms of justice don’t matter. The ripple effect that this will now have across the board can well be imagined: if the guardian of the rule of law, and the institution that is supposed to be a moral exemplar to the nation, acts in this way, then why should anyone else act differently? And with what face can a court tell them to act differently, given its own conduct?

As women and other marginalized sections of society, we do not have access to any societal power and turn to Courts expecting that we can get a fair hearing there. Khap panchayats and other mechanisms that function on ideas of “social morality of the powerful” are not where we seek justice. We have kept our faith in the judicial constitutional mechanisms for access to justice.

We urge the Supreme Court to correct its own course and undo the gross injustice done to this complainant. Moreover, this case has exposed the urgent need for just, transparent and fair procedures to be laid down as soon as possible so that the highest judicial powers may also be brought into the framework of accountability to the laws of the land.

As women’s rights groups and activists, we are also issuing an open letter to retired judges appealing to them to “speak out on the side of justice and fairness. What is at stake is not only the rights of women but also the credibility of the Supreme Court. It is to protect this system that has been painstakingly created by the diligence of many members of the judiciary.” (Statement attached as Annexure)

Endorsed by about 350 feminists and feminist organisations.

A brief timeline of the case:

  • On 18th April 2019, a 29-page affidavit was submitted by a woman employee of Supreme Court to the 22 judges of the Hon’ble Supreme Court, detailing allegations of the sexual harassment faced by her from none less than the Chief Justice of India. 3
  • The Supreme Court called a special hearing on Saturday, 20th April 2019, through a bench consisting of two Judges besides the Chief Justice of India, against whom the allegation of sexual harassment was made. With no notice given to the aggrieved woman, CJI not only declared the allegations false but further stated that these allegations threaten the independence of the judiciary. He also declared that the complainant had a criminal background. The Attorney General of India and Solicitor General of India, the highest legal officers of the State were also present at this hearing and supported the allegations against the complainant without even hearing the complainant. The bench further asked the media to show restraint to protect the independence of the judiciary. None of these observations/opinions were based on any investigation by any competent authority.
  • This was a shocking breach of procedure, wherein the person against whom the allegations were levelled, was, in fact, presiding over the ex-parte hearing. Through this hearing, the Supreme Court acted in no way different from the many accused powerful men who resort to maligning the complainant by citing past histories and by imputing ulterior motives.
  • After much public protest, an in-house Committee was formed of three judges of Supreme Court headed by Justice Bobde. The constitution of this committee itself was in contravention of the spirit of the 2013 POSH Act and the guidelines laid down by the Vishakha Judgment of 1997 by the Supreme Court itself, as it neither had any external member nor was it headed by a woman. In spite of this, the complainant participated hoping to get a fair hearing.
  • When this committee started the hearing, it denied the aggrieved woman right to be represented by the legal person of her choice, completely ignoring the unequal balance of power not only between the parties but also between the complainant and the Committee itself.
  • The complainant had also asked for someone to accompany her because she has a hearing disability but was denied even that. This is in complete violation of the rights of people with disability enabling whose participation is critical to any imagination of a just procedure.
  • After two ‘informal’ hearings with this Committee on 26th and 29th of April, the complainant withdrew from the enquiry on the 30th of April, citing that neither was she allowed representation, nor was she informed of the procedures to be followed by the committee. There was no audio or video recording of the proceeding, and further, she was not even provided minutes of the proceeding. Irrespective of these submissions the committee proceeded to hold the enquiry ex-parte.
  • Finally, on May 4, 2019, she was provided with the transcripts of her statements which she returned with corrections in the morning of May 6, 2019. However, response 4 of the CJI has not been shared with her, and she is also completely unaware of the remaining process that the committee followed to arrive at their findings.
  • Then on May 6, 2019, the Committee has gone ahead and declared that there is “no substance in the allegation contained in the complaint”. Further, in full violation of her right as a complainant, she has been denied a copy of the report with a reference made to a judgment that dates back to before the RTI Act and the POSH Act.

Statement issued by:

1. Saheli Women’s Resource Center, New Delhi

2. National Federation of Indian Women

3. All India Progressive Women’s Association (AIPWA)

4. Forum Against Oppression of Women, Mumbai

5. Nari Ekta Shakti Sangathan, Delhi

6. Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression

7. Nirantar, A Center for Gender and Education, New Delhi

8. North East Network, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland

9. Labia – A Queer Feminist LBT Collective Mumbai

10. Bebaak Collective

11. People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), Maharashtra

12. National Alliance of People’s Movements

13. Nari Samata Manch, Pune

14. Indian Christian Women’s Movement (ICWM) – Mumbai

15. Sandhya Gokhale, Forum Against Oppression of Women, Mumbai

16. Kalpana Kannabiran, Hyderabad

17. Veena Gowda, Advocate, Mumbai

18. Adv Vasudha Nagaraj, Lawyer, High Court of Telangana, Hyderabad

19. Chayanika Shah, Queer Feminist Researcher and Activist, Mumbai

20. Nisha Biswas, Scientist and WSS, Kolkata

21. Dr Veena Shatrughna, Former Director, National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad

22. Vyjayanti Vasanta Mogli, Transgender RTI activist, Telangana

23. Meera Sanghamitra, National Alliance of People’s Movements, Telangana

24. Kavita Srivastava, PUCL

25. Adv. Pyoli Swatija, Supreme Court of India and WSS

26. Gautam Mody, General Secretary, New Trade Union Initiative

27. Flavia Agnes, Advocate

28. Sandhya, Progressive Association of Women, Telangana

29. V. Geetha, Historian and Writer, Chennai

30. N. Vasanti, Professor of Constitutional Law, Nalsar, Hyderabad

31. Mary E John, New Delhi

32. Uma Chakravarti, Historian, New Delhi

33. Ammu Abraham, Mumbai

34. Nandita Shah, Akshara, Mumbai

35. Meena Gopal, Mumbai

36. Hasina Khan, Mumbai

37. Shals Mahajan, Mumbai

38. Rohit Prajapati, Vadodara

39. Susie Tharu, Feminist Academic and Researcher, Avneshi, Hyderabad

40. Amit Kumar, Student, LLB, Faculty of Law, University of Delhi

41. Sarah Mathews, Sankalp Women’s Support Alliance

42. Bijaya Chanda, Advocate, Alipore Court, Kolkata, West Bengal

43. Nityanand Jayaraman, Writer, Social Activist. Chennai.

44. Sumi Krishna, Former President (2005-08), Indian Association for Women’s Studies, Bengaluru

45. Kiran Shaheen, Journalist and Feminist Activist, New Delhi

46. Uma Shankari, Farmer, Researcher on Water, Environment and Livelihoods

47. Chitra, Labia, Mumbai

48. Adv Lara Jesani, People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), Maharashtra

49. Vandita Morarka, Founder/CEO, One Future Collective

50. Tara, Feminist Collective, Sonepat

51. Saumya Malhotra, Democracy Collective, Delhi NCR

52. Arundhati Dhuru, NAPM Lucknow, UP

53. Lovika Jaiswal, Campus Law Centre, University of Delhi, Noida

54. Leena Pujari, KC College, Mumbai

55. Vimal Bhai, National Convenor, National Alliance of People’s Movements

56. B.Girija, State Project Manager, Sakhi Telangana

57. Meena Seshu and Aarthi Pai, Sangram, Maharashtra

58. Gita Chadha, Sociologist, Mumbai

59. Shruti Chakravarty, Mental Health Practitioner, Bombay

60. Nandita Narain, Associate Professor, St Stephen’s College, Delhi University. Former President, Delhi University Teachers’ Association and Federation of Central Universities Teachers’ Associations

61. Mitra Mukherjee-Parikh, Former Head, Associate Professor, SNDTWU

62. Dr. Joseph M.T., Department of Sociology, University of Mumbai, Kalina, Mumbai

63. Rukmini Banerjee, Researcher, Mumbai

64. Kabi. S, Mumbai 5

65. Dr V Rukmini Rao, Executive Director Gramya Resource Centre for Women, Tarnaka, Secunderabad, Telangana

66. Karuna DW, Chennai

67. Padmaja Shaw

68. Purnima Gupta, Delhi

69. Khadijah Faruqui, The Alternate Space Delhi, A Women’s Collective, New Delhi

70. Tanya Jaiswal, Modern school, Noida

71. Supriya Jain, CORO India, Mumbai

72. K Ramnarayan, Uttarakhand, India

73. Kamayani Bali Mahabal, Humans Rights Activist, Mumbai

74. Bharat, Feminist Activist, Vishakha, Jaipur

75. Shahira Naim, Special Correspondent, The Tribune, Lucknow

76. Aiman Khan, Bangalore

77. Varsha Mehta

78. Roshni, Research Scholar, Tata Institute of Social Sciences

79. Pallavi Sobti Rajpal, Ahmedabad

80. Meher Bhoot, WDC, University of Mumbai, Mumbai

81. Kusumtai Chaudhari Mahila Kalyani C/o Snehja Rupwate

82. Anupama Potluri, Assistant Professor, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad

83. Minakshi Sanyal, Queer feminist activist, Kolkata

84. Poushali Basak, FAOW, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai

85. Anita Rego, Social Researcher

86. Smita Parmar, Social Activist, Hajipur, Bihar

87. Swabhiman Lok Seva Sansthan run by Medical Mission Sisters

88. Aruna Rodrigues, Environmental and Agro-ecology, Sunray Harvesters, MP

89. Subhasat

90. Bindu Doddahatti, Advocate, Bangalore

91. Tejaswini Madabhushi, Hyderabad for Feminism

92. A. Suneetha, Senior Fellow, Anveshi Research Center for Women’s Studies

93. Dr Asma Rasheed, Assistant Professor, EFL University

94. Sumitra Anukram, Founder of Anukram

95. Madhumita Sinha, EFL University, Hyderabad

96. Sajaya K., Independent Journalist and Social Activist, Caring Citizens Collective

97. Khalida Parveen, General Secretary Amoomat Society

98. Madhavi Mirapa, Scholar

99. Uma Bhrugubanda, EFL University, Hyderabad

100. Jayasree Subramanian, Visiting Faculty, Homi Bhabha Center for Science Education, Mumbai

101. Aileen Marques, Advocate Mumbai

102. Pratibha Shinde, Lok Sangharsh Morcha, Nandurbar, Maharashtra

103. Bittu K., Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression, Telangana Hijra Intersex Trans Samiti, Asawarpur, Haryana

104. Tara Murali, Architect, Chennai

105. Padma, Human Rights Activist

106. Samar Bagchi, Educationist and Former Director, Birla Industrial and Technological Museum, Kolkata

107. Nandini Rao, Feminist Trainer and Activist, Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression, New Delhi

108. Sandeep Pandey, Socialist Activist and NAPM, UP

109. M. Mandakini, Lawyer

110. Kondaveeti Satyavati Bhumika, Hyderabad

111. Sherin B.S.,English and Foreign Languages University

112. Lawrence, President, Inigo Foundation

113. Madhurima Majumder, Assistant Professor, Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development

114. Shyamala Nataraj, South India AIDS Action Programme

115. Anupama J, Counselor

116. M.Sujatha, SPERDS NGO

117. Jayna Kothari, Senior Advocate

118. Bindulakshmi, Mumbai

119. Suresh Melettukochy, Bhopal

120. Jai Sen, Researcher and Editor, New Delhi

121. Shubhada Deshmukh, Mahila Arogya Parishad, Gadchiroli, Maharashtra

122. Sana Contractor, Public Health Researcher, New Delhi

123. Nandita Gandhi, Activist, Mumbai

124. Manisha Gupte, Feminist, MASUM, Pune

125. Madhu Madhavan, Ex. JJP Member, Current PhD student from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai

126. Vimalbhai, Matu Jan Sangathan, Uttarakhand

127. Mamta Singh, Social Worker, Women Rights Activist, Lucknow, UP

128. Rama Melkote, Prof.(Retd) or Political Science, Senior Activist, Osmania University, Hyderabad

129. S Jeevan Kumar, Human Rights Forum

130. K Sudha, Assistant Professor, DSNLU, Member, Human Rights Forum

131. K Anuradha, Human Rights Forum

132. Janaki Nair, JNU, New Delhi

133. Sujata Patel, Indian Institute of Advanced Study

134. Sukla Sen, Mumbai

135. K. Kiran Mayee, Advocate

136. V. Naga Lakshmi, Advocate

137. Mohammed Shakeel, Advocate

138. Ranjana, Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression, Bhubaneswar

139. Kalpana Karunakaran, IIT Madras

140. Kavitha Muralidharan, Journalist, Chennai

141. Meera Velayudhan, Policy Analyst, Kochi

142. Prema Revati, Educationist

143. Rachana Mudraboyina, Telangana Hijra Intersex Transgender Samiti

144. Vasudha Katju, Researcher, New Delhi

145. Aisha Farooqui, Prof. (Retd) Osmania University

146. Swathy Margaret, Researcher

147. S. Ashalatha, Social Activist

148. Radhika Khajuria, New Delhi

149. Purwa Bharadwaj, Delhi
150. Ketki Ranade, Mumbai

151. Asha Achuthan, Mumbai

152. Vineeta Bal, Pune

153. Anjali Rawat, Law Researcher

154. Anubha Rastogi, Lawyer, Mumbai

155. Madhu Bhushan

156. Aatreyee Sen, Forum for Human Rights and Justice, Himachal Pradesh

157. Pragya Joshi, PUCL, Udaipur

158. Dr. Albertina Almeida, Advocate, Goa.

159. Vennela Madabhushi, Lawyer, Bangalore 6

160. Anuradha Pati, Development Professional

161. Soma KP, Independent Research Scholar

162. Lata Singh, JNU

163. Urmilla Chandran, Principal Technical Writer

164. Kaneez Fatima, Activist and Librarian

165. Kalyani Menon-Sen, Feminist Learning Partnerships

166. Masooma Ranalvi, We SpeakOut

167. Srinivas Vellikad, Senior Manager, Documentation.

168. S. Seethalakshmi, Researcher

169. Lakshmi Lingam, Professor, Mumbai

170. Sunkara Rajendra Prasad, Advocate, Vijayawada

171. Vahida Nainar, Mumbai

172. Laxmi Murthy, Journalist, Bangalore

173. Jayasree.A K., Professor, Community Medicine, Govt. Medical College, Kannur, Kerala

174. Shaitan Singh, Law Student, Visakhapatnam

175. Anjana Ramanathan, Advocate

176. Piyoli Swatija, Advocate

177. VS Krishna, Human Rights Forum

178. Smita Gupta, New Delhi

179. Geeta Seshu, Journalist

180. Lakshmi Krishnamurthy

181. Reva Yunus, Azim Premji University

182. Ritu Dewan, Vice President at Indian Society of Labour Economics

183. Sarojini.N, New Delhi

184. Brinelle D’souza, TISS

185. Deeptha Achar, Professor, Baroda

186. Shilpaa Anand, BITS- Pilani, Hyderabad campus

187. Shefali Jha, University of Hyderabad

188. M. Madhavi, Assistant Professor, Presidency University, Bangalore

189. Kumar Shubham Raj, Advocate, Bihar

190. Bushra Quasmi, Asst Prof, DSNLU, Visakhapatnam

191. B Syama Sundari, Dastakar Andhra

192. Abha Bhaiya, Jagori

193. Ambika Tandon, New Delhi

194. Anandhi.S, Researcher, Chennai

195. Shalini Gera, Advocate, Bilaspur High Court

196. Govind Kelkar, Senior Advisor – Women, Land & Productive Assets

197. Sharmila Sreekumar, IIT, Bangalore

198. PV Srividya, Journalist, Krishnagiri

199. K. Katyayani, Prof (Retd), Kakatitya University, Warangal

200. Deepa V health Activist, Delhi

201. Sunita Sheel, Forum for Medical Ethics Society, Mumbai; Vidhayak Trust, Pune

202. Anuradha Kapoor, Kolkata

203. Veena Johari, Advocate, Mumbai

204. Mumtaz Sheikh, CORO Mahila Mandal federation Mumbai

205. Rohini Hensman, Writer & Researcher

206. Dr Sagari R Ramdas, Veterinary Scientist

207. Tashi Choedup, Buddhist Monastic, Human Rights Activist

208. Aditi Joshi, Mumbai

209. Amarjit Singh, Mumbai

210. Kaveri Dadhich, Mumbai

211. Padma, Independent Researcher , Mumbai

212. Shakun Doundiyakhed, Ooty

213. R. Alphonso, Mumbai

214. Neha Singh, Mumbai

215. Shewli Kumar, Mumbai

216. Bharati Kapadia, Mumbai

217. Bindhulakshmi Pattadath, Mumbai

218. Catrinel Dunca, Ahmedabad

219. Nirja Vasavada, Ahmedabad

220. Shumona Goel

221. Mani A., Kolkata

222. Kamaxi Bhate, Mumbai

223. Mridul Dudeja, Mumbai

224. Rakhi Sehgal, Labour Activist, New Delhi

225. Gayatri, Faculty, TISS, Hyderabad

226. Abhiti Gupta, Legal Activist, New Delhi

227. Maneka Khanna, Advocate, Delhi

228. Surabhi Dhar, Advocate, Delhi

229. Zeba Sikora, Advocate, Mumbai

230. Rupali Samuel, Advocate, Delhi

231. Payoshi Roy, Advocate, Mumbai

232. Archit Krishna, Advocate, Chattisgarh

233. Satnam Kaur, New Delhi

234. Reethika Ravikumar, Mumbai

235. Mini Mathew, Advocate, Mumbai

236. Sadhna Arya, University of Delhi

237. Fatima N, Tamil Nadu

238. Poorva Rajaram, Researcher, New Delhi

239. Vanessa Chishti, Jindal Law University, Sonipat

240. Esther Moraes, New Delhi

241. Niti Saxena, Lawyer, Researcher, and Activist, Lucknow

242. Tusharika Mattoo, Advocate, Delhi

243. Maulshree Pathak, Advocate Delhi

244. Shreya Munoth, Advocate, Delhi

245. Sayali Kadu, Advocate, Delhi

246. Shuchi Dwivedi, Advocate, Delhi

247. Rhea Goyal, Advocate, Delhi

248. Sowjhanya Shankaran, Advocate, Delhi

249. Anushree Malviya, Advocate, Delhi

250. Sonal Sarda, Advocate, Delhi

251. Sanya Kumar, Advocate, Delhi

252. Shreya Rastogi, Advocate, Delhi

253. Harshita Reddy, Advocate, Delhi

254. Sanjana Srikumar, Advocate, Delhi

255. Avantika, Advocate Delhi

256. Ninni Susan Thomas, Advocate Delhi

257. Nidhi Rao Gummuluru, Advocate, Delhi

258. Vasundhara Majithia, Advocate Delhi

259. Meghana Sengupta, Advocate Delhi

260. Shailiza Sharma, Advocate, Delhi High Court

261. Kanika Sood, Advocate Delhi

262. Kruti Venkatesh, Advocate, Bombay High Court

263. Bhavana Sunder, Advocate, Bombay High Court

264. Rhea Jha, Advocate, Bombay High Court

265. Devyani Kulkarni, Advocate, High Court, Bombay

266. Khusboo Agarwal, Bombay

267. Sara Ahmed, Bombay

268. Surabhi Singh, Advocate, High Court at Bombay

269. Ronita Bhattacharya, Advocate, High Court, Bombay

270. Jahnavi Vishwanath, Chennai

271. Janaki Abraham, Delhi University

272. Dimple Oberoi Vahali

273. Vandana Mahajan, A Feminist Practitioner

274. Lalita Ramdas, Educator and Citizen, Alibag, Maharashtra

275. Chitra Sinha, Centre for Gender Research, Uppsala University, Sweden

276. Vasudha Sawaiker, Social Justice Action Committee, Goa

277. Amita Kanekar, Writer, Goa

278. Adsa Fatima, Health Activist, Delhi

279. Dr Mira Shiva

280. Dr. Saswati Ghosh, Academic and Activist, Kolkata

281. Amita Pitre, Consultant, Public Health and Gender Justice, Mumbai

282. Gayatri Singh, Senior Advocate, Bombay High Court

283. Bindhulakshmi, Mumbai

284. Radhika Desai, Hyderabad

285. Ritu Menon, New Delhi

286. Shraddha Chickerur, Hyderabad

287. Svati Joshi, Ahmedabad

288. Aruna Burte, Pune

289. Malavika Karlekar, New Delhi

290. Sujata Gothoskar, Trade Union Activist, Mumbai

291. Nalini Nair, SEWA, Kerala

292. Sangeeta Chatterji, FAOW

293. Nisha, National Convenor, WSS

294. Ajita, National Convenor, WSS

295. Shalini, National Convenor, WSS

296. Rinchin, National Convenor, WSS

297. Hiranmay Karlekar, New Delhi

298. Rina Mukerji, Independent Journalist

299. Vibhuti Patel, Mumbai

300. Kavita Krishnan, AIPWA, New Delhi

301. Swarna Rajgopalan, Chennai

302. Chittaroopa Palit, Madhya Pradesh

303. Bondita Acharya, Human Rights Activist, Assam

304. Bela Bhatia, Bastar

305. AI Sharada, Laadli, Population First

306. Amit Mitra, New Delhi

307. Sujata Mody, National Secretary, New Delhi Trade Union Initiative

308. M. Dilli, Joint Secretary, Garment and Fashion Workers Union, Chennai

309. Anju Talukdar, Independent law and development professional, New Delhi

310. Vidha Saumya, Visual Artist, Oshiwara, Mumbai

311. Jasveen Jairath, Consultant, Water and Ecology, Concerned Citizens, Hyderabad

312. Shreya Suresh, Advocate, Bangalore

313. Sowmya Khandelwal, Associate at a Law Firm, Bangalore

314. M.V. Swaroop, Advocate, Madras High Court

315. Tashi Choedip, Queer Buddhist Activist, Bodhgaga, Bihar

316. Mangla Verma, Advocate, New Delhi

317. Chitra Narayan, Advocate, Chennai

318. Anusha Ramanathan, Visiting Faculty, University of Mumbai, Consultant, TISS

319. Richa, Humsafar, Lucknow

320. Sunila Singh, Woman Human Rights Defender, New Delhi

321. Zainab, Humsafar, Lucknow

322. Afroz Jahan, Humsafar, Lucknow

323. Anurekha, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad

324. Lalita, National Alliance of Women’s Organizations, Odisha

325. Sister Lissy Joseph, National Domestic Workers Movement, Hyderabad

326. Nikhat Fatima, Journal Activist

327. Vasundhara Vedula, Mumbai

328. Swatija Manorama, Mumbai

329. Amrita Howlader, Kolkata

330. Nazia Akhter, Hyderabad

331. Swarup Beria, Guwahati

332. Arpita Jaya, Quill Foundation

333. Sheela Rahulan, Vanithakalasahithi, Trivandrum

334. Dr. Iris Koileo, Associate Professor (Retd.), St. Xavier’s College, Women Writers Group, Vinimaya, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

335. Rita Manchanda

336. Noella de Souza

337. Jeevika Shiv, Lawyer

338. Suroor Mander

339. Angbin Yasmin, New Delhi

340. Sujata Surepally, Hyderabad

\341. Pushpesh Kumar, Hyderabad

342. Simrita Gopal Singh, Pune

343. Suneeta Dhar, Delhi

344. Chanda Asani, Jaipur

345. Saumya Uma, Delhi

346. Debika Chakravarty, Mumbai

347. Supriya Jan, CORO India, Mumbai

348. Huma Ghosh

349. Amrita Nandy

350. Deepti Sharma, New Delhi

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