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Avon Global Center for Women and Justice at Cornell Law School

India Law Reform Study

In March 2013, the Avon Global Center, in partnership with the University of Chicago Law School and Jindal Global Law School in Sonipat, India, undertook a study of the law reform efforts undertaken by the Indian government in response to the December 2012 gang rape of a young student and the countrywide protests and activism that emerged in the wake of that violence.   In March 2013, Center faculty and students participated, along with their partners, in a consultation on the interim and proposed legislation in New Delhi, India, organized by the organizations, Human Rights Law Network (HLRN) and Maitri India.  The consultation, which was entitled "A Promise is a Promise: Time for Action to End Violence Against Women," brought together a diverse group of stakeholders who discussed key issues in the new legislation such as the age of consent, the inclusion of a marital rape exception, the definition of sexual assault, and the availability of the death penalty for the crime of rape in certain circumstances. Cornell Law students, supervised by Center Executive Director Elizabeth Brundige, served as rapporteurs and presenters at the consultation.  Following the consultation, the Center conducted international and comparative law research on these and other issues and developed summaries of its findings for inclusion in HLRN's consultation report.