Annual Report 2008-2009

The Justice Sunanda Bhandare Foundation was established in 1994 to perpetuate the memory of one of the Delhi High Court's most conscientious judges, Sunanda Bhandare. Enrolled at the Bar in 1968, Sunanda Bhandare was elvated to the Bench in 1984. As a judge she symbolized five c's- character, caliber, comassion, courtesy and commonsense. Through her activities and her judgments, she sought to establish and egalitarian society, where women and the underprivileged could live with dignity and freedom.

Sunanda Bhandare's untimely death on 10th November, 1994 at the age of 52 brought a promising career to an abrupt end. The Justice Sunanda Bhandare Foundation was established to carry forward her life's work and to build on her achievements. It took as its motto her own credo: The Freedom to Choose, The Right to Excel.

Through various activities over past 15 years, the Foundation has sought to promote human rights, gender justice and the empowerment of women and differently-abled children. It partners like-minded women's organization and has developed a strong grassross level network of committed volunteers and activists.

Its activities for the year 2008-2009 included:

The 14th Justice Sunanda Bhandare Memorial Lecture
Every year, since its inception, the Foundation invites an eminent person to deliver a lecture on a issue close to late Justice Bhandare's heart. The fourteenth Justice Sunanda Bhandare Memorial Lecture wan deliever by Dr. Rajendra K. Pachuari, Chariman, Intergovermental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize 2007.

Legal Awareness Prammes, Seminars and Workshops
Legal awarence programmes organized by the Foundation are designed to generate awarnes among all stakeholders about their legal rights and obligations. This year, the Foundation collaborated Gender friendly Enviroment Programme for police personnel. Earlier, it had been decided to divide the programme for police personnel. Earlier, it had been decided to take up Module

Justice Sunanda Bhandare Gold Medal & Scholarship
The Foundation has donated funds to Delhi University for instituting a Gold Medal titled "Justice Sunanda Bhandre Gold Medal in Family Law" to be awarded to a student of LL.B. who secures highest marks in Family Law( Family Law-I and Family Law-II together) of LL.B. first year provided he/she clears all the papers in the first attempt and for creating an endowment for the award of fellowship

Centre for Health of Women and Children
The Foundation rules a Center for Health of Women and Children, which organizes medical camps mainly for the benfit of needy women and children. This year, a free hexa-disciplinned medical camp in Physiotherapy, Ophthalmology, Child Health Care, Diabtes Check up and General Check up was jointly organized by the Center for Health of Justice Sunanda Bhandare Foundation in association with Physiotherapy Forum

Centre for Counselling and Legal Aid
The Foundation's Counselling and Legal Aid Centre in Delhi, assisted by a panel of professional counselors, lawyers and volunteers rendered speedy and effective justice to women in disfress during the year. The harassed victims, approaching the police station in distress, referred to us in the Gender Awarness Programmes, were provided free legal aid by our legal experts.
The public Interest Litigaton filed by Foundation in the Supreme Court of India for implementation of the statutory provisions for persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protectionon of Right and Full Participation) Act, 1995 is making good progress. The Foundation also got favourable order for a number of destitute women and physically challenged citizens from courts.


 
The 14th Justice Sunanda Bhandare Memorial Lecture

Every year, since its inception, the Foundation invites an eminent person to deliver a lecture on a issue close to late Justice Bhandare's heart. The fourteenth Justice Sunanda Bhandare Memorial Lecture wan deliever by Dr. Rajendra K. Pachuari, Chariman, Intergovermental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize 2007. Dr. Pachauri spoke on "Ethics and the Challenge of Climate Change" at Chinmaya Auditorium, Chinmaya Mission on Wednesday,17th December, 2008.


Dr. Pachauri said that he considered it a privilege to deliver this extremely important lecture and said that we would like to build a civilization in a world where we would not have to regret for our actions. He described the entire issue of climate change as an issue of ethics. Over the years, scientists have been warning us of the serious implications of climate change, a crisis precipitated by unbridled industrialization. But we have ignored the warning. Dr. Pachauri lamented that very little has been done to counter the effects of emission of harmful gases, which has increased menacingly over the past three decades. We are so drunk with the desire to produce more and consume more that we lose track of intergenerational equity. The creators of the danger are least affected, whereas developing countries have to pay the price, for they do not have early warning systems and effective disaster management set-ups. The need of the hour is sustainable development so that we can meet the needs of the present generation without compromising the needs of future generation.


Drawing a parallel between global warming and terrorism, the two biggest challenges to our civilization, Dr. Pachauri said, both had an ethical dimension. He asserted that terrorism is the outcome of exploitation of the poores of the poor. Without exploit tation cannot happen. Similarly, the warning of scietists have been ignored for more than a century and the result is that climate change is a reality now. Problems have been caused by one set of countries and conseuences have to be faced by another set of countries. Those who have caused the environmental problem mus provide funds by which clean-up exercise can be carried out.


We need a new ethic at national level, a new ethic at international level, and above all, a new ethic at the level of human beings. And if we have this attitude, we can certainly meet the challenges posted by global climate change effectively. If we do not that, generations to come, and perhaps the present generation itself, will blame us for being totally irresponsible, if not criminal, he said.


Hon'ble Shri Justice Arijit Pasayat, Judge, Supreme Court Of India , Who Was The Chief Guest, Said That We Have To Take Care Of Nature At Least For Our Future Generations. Nature Will Punished Us If We Continue To Expooit It For Our Narrow Selfish Gains. In This Contex, He Quoted Lines From A Poem By S.T. Coleridge, A Famous English Romantic Poet:"Water,Water Everywhere, Nor Any Drop To Drink."


Presiding Over The Foundation, Shri Justice Ajit Prakash Shah, Chief Justice, Delhi High Court Said That The World Is One Global Village, And The Entire World Has To Deal With The Problem Arising Out Of Climate Change Collectively . We Are Committing A Crime Against Nature, And Now We Have To Take Corrective Measures. Justice Leila Seth Paid A Rich Tribute To Late Justice Sunanda Bhandare. She Said, She Could Hardly Belive That It Was Already 14 Years Since Justice Bhandare Passed Away. She Still Remembered Her Bright Eyes And Smiling Face. She Said That India Has Always Been Conscious Of All Living Being And Adherence To Consumption Norms Form Integral Parts Of Our Culture. It Is Important For A Developing Country Like Ours To Ensure That Challenges Posed By Climate Change Are Effectively Met.


 
Legal Awareness Prammes, Seminars and Workshops

Legal awarence programmes organized by the Foundation are designed to generate awarnes among all stakeholders about their legal rights and obligations.


This year, the Foundation collaborated Gender friendly Enviroment Programme for police personnel. Earlier, it had been decided to divide the programme for police personnel. Earlier, it had been decided to take up Module I and cover as many as 10 police stations of different divisions. The Foundation in association with Crime Women Cell(CWC) and South District police organized 13 programmes. This created a lot of awareness among police personnel who participated and encouraged their establishment to conduct gender friendly programmes. It was decided to cover the modules division-wise with a segment of 3 police stations: Lajpat Nagar, Amar Colony, New Friend Colony, Hazrat Nizamuddin, Greater Kailash, C.R Park, Kalka ji, Ambedkar Nagar Okhla were allotted to the Foudation. One more police station, Sunilight Colony was also added to this zone.


During the period, the Foundation took up the programme in one division covering police station, Kalkaji, C.R. Park and Gobindpuri. After Module II was completed in the above three police stations, it was decided to cover the remaining three modules in the same police station, so that all the five modules would be completed in these 3 police stations. The programme was interactive. The participants consisted of A,C.P.s S. H.O.s, Inspectors, A. S .I s, Head Constables.


Module II focused on sensitization of participants about gender, social concern related to gender and gender inequalities prevailing between women and men. It also covered gender and its role in police functioning, abjectives of the training , expectation of trainees from the programme and how different institutions and stakeholders can play their roles and discharge their responsibilities. It focused on domestic violence such as physical abuse sexual, emotional abuse economic abuse etc. Provisions of relief by way of protection order, monetary relief, compensation, custody order, residence order and ex-parte order and provisions available under PWDVA were also discussed. It was explained to participante how to approach the magistrate directly at the district courts by simply summitting an application and what supporting agencies can be contacted in times of distress. The consequence of breach of protection order, the role of protection officers, service providerders and the police were also explained to the participates. The programme was conducted by way of sharing of experience, role play, case studies, group exercises and participatory discussion made by legal luminaries with the participants.


Module III generated focused on the term 'sexual', different kinds of sexual abuse, profile of the victim and that of the accused, definition of the minor and the major in sexual abuse, the problems experienced by victims and the role of the police in redressing their problems. Group discussion on problems through need assessment at the level of health, medical, legal, emotional, phychological and education aspects were discussed. This cleared the role of various stakeholders and the police who could be contacted as per requirement of the situation. The avenues for rehabilitation of the victims, sexual harassment at work place and various guideline issued by different department concerning sexual abuse were also discussed. Topics on sexual abuse, rape, molestation, attempt to rape, handling of victim and offender (juvenile/adult)as per law, Indecent Representation of Women Act were also discussed.


Module IV centred mostly on communication and counseling skills, and patient listening to the aggrieved. Trafficking laws, forms of trafficking , child labour, bonded labour, legal provisions in I.P.Cs, ITP Act, Child labour Act, child trafcking and adult trafficking were discussed.


Recapitulation of all the Modules/ Act, D.V., S.A. trafficking took place in Module v of the programme. Interface of the police with the community and interaction with family members of the criminals forned important parts of the module. All though it was a very education programme, which generated a lot of interest among participante who wanted to know from legal experts the ways to solve ticklish cases.


Our resource persons included Shri A. Qumaruddin, Ms. Charu Walikhanna, Ms. Seema Malhotra, Social Activist and Shri Hira Nand Gandhi, Administative Officer, JSBF.


This year, the Foundation collaborated with Guild of Service, Sur Nirman, Crime against Women, South East District Police and many other like minded organizations in organizing various programmes.


The Foundation in collaboration with Guild of Service organized a legal awareness camp on Domestic Violence and Women's Rights at Tajpur Gaon, Najafgarh, New Delhi on 25th April, 2009,

 
Justice Sunanda Bhandare Gold Medal & Scholarship

The Foundation has donated funds to Delhi University for instituting a Gold Medal titled "Justice Sunanda Bhandre Gold Medal in Family Law" to be awarded to a student of LL.B. who secures highest marks in Family Law( Family Law-I and Family Law-II together) of LL.B. first year provided he/she clears all the papers in the first attempt and for creating an endowment for the award of fellowship of Rs.1500.00 per month in the name of "Justice Sunanda Bhandare Fellowship in Constitutional Law" to be awarded to a student of LL.B. who secures highest marks in Constitutional Law (Constitutional Law-I and II) and clears all the papers of LL.B. in the first attempt .

 
Centre for Health of Women and Children

The Foundation rules a Center for Health of Women and Children, which organizes medical camps mainly for the benfit of needy women and children. This year, a free hexa-disciplinned medical camp in Physiotherapy, Ophthalmology, Child Health Care, Diabtes Check up and General Check up was jointly organized by the Center for Health of Justice Sunanda Bhandare Foundation in association with Physiotherapy Forum, Sur Nirman, Education and Culture Society and speciallists in other medical fields on Sunday, 15th March, 2009 at Dhobi ka katra behind Jagat Cinema, Jama Masjid, Delhi. A team of 11 doctors, who specialized in Physiotherapy, came from Safdarjang Hospital, and a team of 6 eye speciallists from All India Institute of Medical Science conducted check-up. Doctors specializing in other medical disciplines from other remowned hospitals of Delhi also participated in the camp.


Main aim of the free camp was to serve the people from vulnerable sections of the society, who generally find it difficult to get treatment from the main hospitals.


The team spirit shown by doctors of different disciplines, their untiring Efforts and the cooperation of the residents of the area contributed to the success of the camp. It is a matter of pride that 673 patients including women, men and children were examined and were given medical help. Since a large number of patients were ladies suffering from knee trouble, deserving cases were disribued free knee caps and sticks in Physiotherapy Department, eys drops and spectacles in Wys Department. The spectacles of patients suffering from distance vision were arranged and the Nirman. The medicines prescribed by physicians were given free of cost through a pharmacist deputed for the pupose.