Annual Report 1997-1998

JUSTICE SUNANDA BHANDARE FOUNDATION ANNUAL REPORT 1997-1998

The Justice Sunanda Bhandare Foundation was established in 1994 to perpetuate the memory of Justice Sunanda Bhandare, a siting judge of the Delhi High Court. In a brief career, Justice Bhandare worked tirelessly to establish an egalitarian society where women and the weaker sections of society had the right to live with dignity. It is to fulfill this task that the Foundation has been instituted. Its chief endeavour is to ensure gender justice through various activities. For the year 1997-1998 these included:

The 3rd Justice Sunanda Bhandare Memorial Lecture
This year's lecture, "Gender Justice, Dimensions and Frustrations and the March to the Future" was delivered by Hon'ble Mr. Justice V.R. Krishna lyre

Centre for Legal Literacy:

One of the main objects of the Foundation is to spread awareness of the legal rights of women so that they may e asserted effectively.

Center for Counselling and Legal Aid
The Legal awareness programmes for the disabled brought forth the problems of the disabled in their day-to day life.

Centre for the Health of Women and Children
In association with the Indian Association of Physiotherapists, New Delhi, the Foundation organized a physiotherapy camp through multiple dimensions of physiotherapy on January 3, 1998.


 
The 3rd Justice Sunanda Bhandare Memorial Lecture:

This year's lecture, "Gender Justice, Dimensions and Frustrations and the March to the Future" was delivered by Hon'ble Mr. Justice V.R. Krishna lyre, a former judge of the Supreme Court of India. Veteran freedom fighter Dr. (Captain) Lakshmi Sehgal presided over the function held on November 3, 1997.

 
Centre for Legal Literacy:

One of the main objects of the Foundation is to spread awareness of the legal rights of women so that they may e asserted effectively. Awareness also accelerates attitudinal changes in society. The Foundation held a state-level four day workshop, Legal Awareness for Assertion and Action for Rights for visually disable women in association for the Blind (KWAB) and the National Commission for Women Over 30 participants attended the workshop at Bangalore from November 1, 1997 to November, 4, 1997. Mr. Roshan Bheg, Hon'ble Minister of State for Home, Government of Karnataka inaugurated the conference. Ms. Padmavathi Gangadhara Gowda, Hon'ble Mayor, Bangalore city presided over the function and the keynote address was delivered by Prof. N.L Mithra, Director, National Law School, Bangalore.


The fourth legal literacy programme for women officers in public enterprises was organized in association with the Forum of Women in Public Sector Undertaking from December 15, 1997 to March 10 , 1998. 24 participants from various public sector undertaking took part in the programme.


The fifth legal literacy programme for the disabled in association with the National Association for the Blind on 9th February 1998 at Sydenham College, Mumbai, The programme was inaugurated by H.E. Dr. P.C. Alexander, Governor of Maharashtra with Hon'ble Mr. Justice M.B. Shah, Chief Justice P.N. bhagwati, former Chief Justice of India and Chairman of the Justice Sunanda Bhandare Foundation. The lectures were held between 1st March 1998 and 30th April, 1998.


A significant event this year was to take the legal awareness programme to rural areas. Two legal awareness camps were organized in two villages of Haryana, Aprill, 1998.

A significant event this year was to take the legal awareness programme to rural areas. Two legal awareness camps were organized in two villages of Haryana, Ledrawan and Bupania in district Jhajhar on May 10, 1998. The faculty comprised Murlidhar C. Bhandare, senior advocate, Supreme court of India, M s. Poonam Saxena, professor, Law Faculty, Delhi University and Prof. Prof. Kumari Vandana, Law Faculty, Delhi University and two senior students of the Law Faculty, Vikram Singh and Poonam Shriram . The response was overwhelming with more than 500 women participating at each of the two camps. The subjects covered were: (1) Marriage with reference to bigamy, child marriage, maintenance divorce, adoption, Guardianship and property and (2) Dowry, female infanticide and feticide, violence against women and rights against and video cassettes. Moreover, counseling centres were set in both camps and a number of women and men advantage of counseling and legal aid. Mr. Bijender Chahar, advocate, Supreme Court, supervised the counseling and legal aid. Two more legal awareness camps were arranged on October 25, 1998, in village Sambala and Shiradone of district Latur, Maharashtra.

 
Center for Counselling and Legal Aid

The Legal awareness programmes for the disabled brought forth the problems of the disabled in their day-to day life. The non-implementation of the salutary provisions of Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and full Participation) Act, 1995 for education, health and employment and affirmative action requires concerted efforts. To secure the implementation of the Disability Act, the Foundation has filed public interest litigation in the Supreme Court of India. The Foundation intends paying a similarly pro-active role in other areas of legislation.


 
Centre for the Health of Women and Children.

In association with the Indian Association of Physiotherapists, New Delhi, the Foundation organized a physiotherapy camp through multiple dimensions of physiotherapy on January 3, 1998. 20 physiotherapy, speciallising in diverse fields, from the All India Institute for physically Handicapped and the Mehrauli T.B. Hospital took part in the camp. 325 patients of all age groups including 200 women, 75 men and 50 children were examined, diagnosed and treated. Home management techniques were also explained to them. The Foundation also gifted aids and appliance to 50 patients.

A national camp for the training of women panchis and sarpanchis had to be postponed because of the fall of the government and the general elections. The final touches for setting up an institution for functional education and employment in Mumbai are under way likely to take final shape in the near future. To commemorate 50 years of the universal declaration of human rights on December 10, 1998 the Foundation will be releasing a book, The world of Gender Justice edited by Murlidhar C. Bhandare In a series of thought- provoking and soul- searching essays by such noted personalities as Federico Mayor, Director General of UNESCO, Mary Robinson, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights and Hon'ble Justice M.N. Venkatachaliah, Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, the book examine the status of women in our society.

The Foundation expresses its deep gratitude to all those who have contributed in making its programmes a great success. The Foundation is particularly grateful to the National Association of the Blind, the various N.G.Os and the media.

 
WOKSHOP ON MOTHER'S DAY & DIVORCE UNDER MUSLIM LAW

Mother's Day was celebrated on 7th May, 2012. The Justice Sunanda Bhandare Foundation in association with Sur Nirman Educational and Cultural Society, organized a Workshop on 21st May, 2012 at Welcome Colony, Seelampur, Delhi. The workshop covered various topics relating to 'Mother' such as - (i) Status of Women both as working women and housewives, (ii) Position of girl child from 'Womb to Tomb', (iii) Divorce and its various forms. Shri H.N. Gandhi, Admn. Officer of the Foundation and Ms. Monika Singhal, Advocate participated in the workshop

The workshop also covered the issue of Divorce under Muslim Law. Under unfortunate circumstances, when a matrimonial contract is broken, divorce takes place. A man may divorce his wife without giving any reason, by pronouncing the word 'talaaq' 3 times. Every adult Muslim husband of a sound mind is competent to pronounce talaaq. A husband, who is minor or of an unsound mind, cannot pronounce it. A guardian cannot pronounce a talaaq on behalf of minor husband.

 
WOKSHOP ON WILL

A workshop on "WHAT IS WILL AND WHY DO I NEED ONE" was organized by the foundation in association with Sur Nirman Education and Cultural Society on Saturday, 15th September, 2012 at Delhi Gate in Gali Guna Misar, Delhi. Resource persons included Dr. Abha Kulashreshta, Advocate, Shri Neeraj Kumar, Advocate, Shri H.N. Gandhi, Administrative Officer, Justice Sunanda Bhandare Foundation and Ms. Sajida Khan, President, Sur Nirman Educational and Cultural Society. There were more than 120 participants. It was explained to the participants that a WILL is a legal document that entitles one's loved ones get the assets one wishes to give them. Making a WILL is fairly a simple process and in the events of one's death, can give peace of mind to members of the family.

There are following 5 types of WILLs:
(i) Self proving/Testimony WILL
(ii) Holographic WILL
(iii) Oral WILL
(iv) Living WILL
(v) Islamic WILL
The WILL should be in writing and signed by the person and witnesses. If one does not have a WILL, one dies intestate. In such a case, the State will direct the distribution of one's assets according to a set formula. Methods of preparing the WILL, with compilation of list of assets and debts, safe deposit boxes, items of sentimental value, were explained to the participants. They were also explained how to change a WILL by replacing the old WILL or to make an amendment known as Codicil.


 
Centre for Health of Women and Children

A workshop on "WHAT IS WILL AND WHY DO I NEED ONE" was organized by the foundation in association with Sur Nirman Education and Cultural Society on Saturday, 15th September, 2012 at Delhi Gate in Gali Guna Misar, Delhi. Resource persons included Dr. Abha Kulashreshta, Advocate, Shri Neeraj Kumar, Advocate, Shri H.N. Gandhi, Administrative Officer, Justice Sunanda Bhandare Foundation and Ms. Sajida Khan, President, Sur Nirman Educational and Cultural Society. There were more than 120 participants. It was explained to the participants that a WILL is a legal document that entitles one's loved ones get the assets one wishes to give them. Making a WILL is fairly a simple process and in the events of one's death, can give peace of mind to members of the family.

There are following 5 types of WILLs:
(i) Self proving/Testimony WILL
(ii) Holographic WILL
(iii) Oral WILL
(iv) Living WILL
(v) Islamic WILL
The WILL should be in writing and signed by the person and witnesses. If one does not have a WILL, one dies intestate. In such a case, the State will direct the distribution of one's assets according to a set formula. Methods of preparing the WILL, with compilation of list of assets and debts, safe deposit boxes, items of sentimental value, were explained to the participants. They were also explained how to change a WILL by replacing the old WILL or to make an amendment known as Codicil.


 
Centre for Counseling and Legal Aid

The Foundation's Counseling and Legal Aid Centre in Delhi, assisted by a panel of professional counselors, lawyers and volunteers rendered speedy and effective justice to women in distress during the year. The harassed victims, approaching police stations in distress, referred to us in the Gender Awareness Programmes, were provided free legal aid by our legal experts.

The Public Interest Litigation filed by the Foundation in the Supreme Court of India for the implementation of the statutory provisions for Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995 is pending before the hon'ble court. The Foundation also got favorable orders for a number of destitute women and physically challenged citizens from courts.