Souls That Roar for Justice: The role of litigation in ensuring women's reproductive rights: an analysis of the Shanti Devi judgment in India

Thursday, September 28, 2017
G85 (Cap:84)
Jameen Kaur, Visiting Scholar, Cornell Law School, is passionate about human rights and brings 15 years experience working on diverse human rights issues with organizations such as Amnesty International, Oxfam International and the Human Rights Law Network, India. She holds an LL.M. in International Human Rights Law.
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Patricia Hall

The complete realization of a woman and girl’s reproductive rights is an integral part of a modern woman and girl’s struggle to assert her dignity and worth as a human being. How reproduction is managed and controlled is inseparable from how women and girls are managed and controlled. The struggle for reproductive self-determination has specific significance for women and girls in India, where according to the World Health Organisation’s latest figures (2016) 45,000 maternal deaths take place in India ever year, which is an average of 5 women dying every hour. This presentation will discuss the role litigation played in seeking redress for violations of the reproductive rights of Shanti Devi, who died in childbirth in 2010. It provides an overview of India’s obligations with regard to maternal health, and examine how the government failed to protect, respect and fulfill her right to life and health.