Annual Report 1999-2000

The Justice Sunanda Bhandare Foundation was established in 1994 to perpetuate the memory of Justice Sunanda Bhandare, a judge of the Delhi High Court who died at the age of 52. In a career span of nearly 25 years she worked tirelessly to establish a just and egalitarian society where women, and other weaker sections of society had the right to live with dignity. Her motto in life, which she practiced more than she preached, "Freedom to Choose and Right to Excel" is now the Foundation has been instituted. Its chief endeavor is to ensure gender justice through various activities. For the year 1999-2000 these included.

The 5th Justice Sunanda Bhandare Memorial Lecture
This year's lecture, "Gender Justice ? Achievement of the 20th Century and Challenges of the 21st Century" was delivered by Hon'ble Mr. Justice M.N. Venkatachaliah.

CENTER FOR LEGAL LITERACY:
One of the main objectives of the Foundation is to disseminate awareness of the legal rights women so that they may be asserted effectively. Awareness and assertion of equal rights also change

RURAL LEGAL AWARENESS PROGRAMME:
Legal awareness programmes in rural areas have received a big impetus and moved ahead. During the years, the Foundation organized and conducted over 12 legal awareness camps in rural areas of Maharashtra and Delhi.

CENTER FOR COUNSELLING AND LEGAL AID:
The Foundation's Counselling & Legal Aid Center in Delhi assisted by a panel of professional counselors, lawyers, volunteers has rendered speedy and effective justice to women in distress during all the legal awareness programmes.

Center for the health of women and children:
The foundation in collaboration with the Indian Association of Physiotherapists,( Delhi state branch and other distinguished specialists in various medical fields organized a free quadruple discipline medical camp in Physiotherapy


 
The 5th Justice Sunanda Bhandare Memorial Lecture

This year's lecture, "Gender Justice ? Achievement of the 20th Century and Challenges of the 21st Century" was delivered by Hon'ble Mr. Justice M.N. Venkatachaliah, Chair Person, National Human Rights Commission and former Chief Justice of India. Hon'ble Mr. Justice S.B. Majmudar, Judge, Supreme Court of India, presided.

 
Legal Literacy Programme for Training Para Legal Volunteers:

One of the main objectives of the Foundation is to disseminate awareness of the legal rights women so that they may be asserted effectively. Awareness and assertion of equal rights also change discriminatory attitudes towards women in society. The Foundation in association with the indian Law Institute conducted its legal literacy programme on "Women and the Law" for Para legal volunteers at the Indian Law Institute, New Delhi from 6th September, 1999 to 4th October, 1999. The participants were a mixed group of men and women comprising journallists, doctors, diplomats, advocates, law students, government officials and others. Visually impaired participants were provided with legal material in braille. Successful participants were awarded certificates.


 
RURAL LEGAL AWARENESS PROGRAMME:

Legal awareness programmes in rural areas have received a big impetus and moved ahead. During the years, the Foundation organized and conducted over 12 legal awareness camps in rural areas of Maharashtra and Delhi. Many senior advocate, professors of law along with law students and N.G.Os. Participated in these programmes. The lectures were supported by posters and video cassettes. The response has been positive with a large number of women participating in these camps. The average attendance in each camp is 400-500 and in some cases more than 1,000.


1. Marriage with reference to bigamy, child marriage, maintenance, divorce, adoption, guardianship and property.

2. Dowry, female infanticide and foeticide, violence against women and riights against the police.


All Sessions were followed by questions and answers. The Foundation also provided counseling and legal aid individually to those who needed it.

 
CENTER FOR COUNSELLING AND LEGAL AID:

The Foundation's Counselling & Legal Aid Center in Delhi assisted by a panel of professional counselors, lawyers, volunteers has rendered speedy and effective justice to women in distress during all the legal awareness programmes. The participants in the rural camps are provided legal back up after the camps.


The Foundation is happy to report that some of the participants have been able to obtain favorable order in litigations instituted after awareness of their legal right through the Foundation's programmes. The Public Interest Litigation filed by the Foundation in 1998 in the Supreme Court of the implementation of the salutary provisions of Persons with Disabilities(Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995 for education, health and employment is making good progress and the disabled have got substantial relief by way of time relaxation in answering question papers in Union Public Service Examinations for the visually impaired and reservation in teaching posts of the University Grants commission.

 
Center for the health of women and children:

The foundation in collaboration with the Indian Association of Physiotherapists,( Delhi state branch and other distinguished specialists in various medical fields organized a free quadruple discipline medical camp in Physiotherapy, ophthalmology (vision testing), audiometry( hearing tests ) and speech therapy and diabetes at the Arya Samaj Mandir, Madan Gir, New Delhi on Sunday, 9th January, 2000. Physiotherapists, specializing in diverse fields from the All Indian Institute of Medical Science, (AIIMS), Safdarjang Hospital, Institute for the Physically Handicapped provided treatment in multiple dimensions of physiotherapy. A team of eyes specialists from A.I.I.M.S. equipped with testing facilities examined patients suffering from eye problems and assisted the more serious cases in getting admitted to AIIMS for operations. In all, 230 people including 133 women, 78 men and 13 children were examined and diagnosed for eyes while another 154 people including 99 women, 42 men and 13 children were examined and diagnosed for physiotherapy. There was an equally large turnout for audio therapy and speech therapy. Those who did not have the means were given free spectacles, eye drop and various appliances connected with physiotherapy. Complicated cases were advised to report for follow up at Safdarjang Hospital and A.I.I.M.S.

 
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.