Medal & Scholarship
In 2017, the Justice Sunanda Bhandare Award was conferred jointly on the Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan and the Bebaak Collective for their sustained campaign for the rights of Muslim women in India in order to give them their rightful place in the family and society which culminated in the landmark judgment on triple talaq delivered by the Supreme Court. The Foundation recognized their consistent endeavour to secure dignity and justice for women and their relentless effort to abolish the abhorrent and discriminatory practice of instant divorce which resulted in a landmark judgment delivered by the Supreme Court of India declaring talaq-e-biddat unconstitutional.
The Foundation has instituted the Annual Justice Sunanda Bhandare Award to be bestowed on a woman showing outstanding courage and dedication. The award, which carries a citation and a cash prize, is given away every year to an individual or organization showing extraordinary courage and dedication in furthering the Foundation's goal of gender justice.
In 2014, this award was given to Ms. Ratnarashi Pandey of Annupur in Madhya Pradesh, who married at the age 14 and was divorced after 13 years. This mother of two children wanted to stand on her feet and applied for M.P. Civil Services Examination but was found ineligible as she had married before she attained the age of 18.
She fought for her right and the rights of such other women in the High Court and Supreme Court. The Supreme Court gave a direction to the Government to permit her to appear at the main examination. This decision would provide relief to hundreds of such candidates who suffer for none of their faults.
The Foundation has instituted Annual Justice Sunanda Bhandare Award to be bestowed on a woman showing outstanding courage and dedication. The award, which carries a citation and a cash prize, is awarded every year to an individual or organization that displays extraordinary courage and dedication in furthering the Foundation's goal of gender justice.
The first annual Justice Sunanda Bhandare Award was given away last year to Ms Laxmi, a remarkable young woman who braved all personal odds as the victim of a heinous acid attack for rebuffing the undue advances of a man and displayed extraordinary courage by seeking relief for her as well as other victims through a public interest litigation against such terrible acid attacks in the Supreme Court that resulted in enhanced punishments under the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013. It was because of her indomitable spirit, the wholehearted efforts of her dedicated lawyer and the unstinted support of the press and public, acid attacks are considered a grave crime punishable by a minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum fine of Rs 10 lakhs. Moreover, restrictions have been imposed on the sale of acid
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 .