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Harvard to hold gender justice and criminal law conference here

by fwire  Jul 9, 2013 00:45 IST

New Delhi, July 8 (IANS) Leading law makers, police officials and social activists are meeting here over the weekend in a Harvard University-organised conference to discuss effective legal, educational and social approaches to promote gender equality and curb violence against women.

The discussions are part of a two-day conference July 12-13 organised by the US varsity's Harvard Gender Violence Project (HGVP) on 'Gender Justice and Criminal Law Reform'.

The HGVP was established in the wake of the 2012 Delhi gang rape case and the national and international calls to action to stop violence against women.

The conference will focus on three key areas: law and law enforcement, building good practices and curricular innovation.

"The conference promises to create an opportunity to learn about and share ideas on the most promising reforms and innovations in gender justice and reform in criminal law," a statement said.

Former attorney general Soli J. Sorabjee will deliver the keynote address Friday and National Commission for Women (NCW) chairperson Mamta Sharma will deliver the keynote address Saturday.

The other speakers include members of the J.S. Verma Committee, former Himachal Pradesh chief justice Leila Seth, and former solicitor general Gopal Subramanian.

HGVP is a collaboration between the Harvard South Asia Institute, Harvard Law School, the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard and regional experts working in the area of gender violence prevention and intervention programs.

A 23-year-old physiotherapy student was brutally gang-raped in a moving bus in Delhi on Dec 16 last year. She died Dec 29 in a Singapore hospital.

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