Mumbai, India

A 2005 National Family and Health Survey of India , recorded the total lifetime prevalence of domestic violence to be 33.5% and 8.5% for sexual violence among women aged 15–49. Many vulnerable women are unable to seek legal help because of lack of awareness, resources and support. Majlis Legal Centre was established to work on the issue of women’s legal rights and access to justice in India. It comprises of a group of women lawyers and social activists committed to informing, educating and empowering women on their legal rights. Since its inception, it has represented over 50,000 women in their quest for justice besides creating numerous positive legal precedents and influencing various laws through campaigns and policy level interventions.

Over the past three years, Majlis has been training various stakeholders such as police, protection officers and public prosecutors for successful implementation of the Protection of Women against Domestic Violence Act (PWDVA) in Maharashtra.

As a next step GMSP Foundation is helping Majlis to train 1,200 High Court Judges across 36 districts of Maharashtra for prevention of domestic violence. The trainings will explore the roles and responsibilities of the judges with the aim of providing a greater understanding of the Domestic Violence Act and the legal and social developments in current times with regards to women’s problems for improving the quality of judgments.