Struggles

Nirantar has been protesting against and working on issues related to violence against women since its inception. This has involved taking issues to the streets of Delhi along with other women’s groups, organising press conferences, participating in fact-finding missions, engaging with State-sponsored agencies such as the National Commission for Women and much more. Recently, with the spate of cases of sexual assault on women in public spaces, Nirantar has been proactive in talking to other women’s groups in Delhi and taking initiative and responsibilities for protests, be it against the assault on women in a Mangalore pub, or the rape of the woman from North East India in Delhi, or the recent incident of sexual assault on a woman in Gurgaon.  Nirantar has also been actively involved in the law reform processes related to the Criminal Law Amendment Bill on Sexual Assault, along with other women’s groups, child rights group, queer groups and many individuals. Nirantar has also been actively involved with planning and organising the recent autonomous women’s organisations and Feminist India national level conferences.

Nirantar is also an active member of Voices against 377. Voices is a coalition of Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and progressive groups based in Delhi working to raise awareness on issues related to same sex-desiring and transgender people and more recently in the law reform processes related to the decriminalisation of all forms of consensual sex between adults, ie the changes in Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. Voices is a unique forum — it is not a network comprising of LGBT groups and individuals alone. Rather, it is located at a point of intersection and dialogue between various social movements that these groups represent, where a united voice is being articulated against Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which criminalises adult and consensual sexual acts deemed to be “against the order of nature.”  On 2nd July 2009, the Delhi High Court decriminalised consensual sexual acts between two adults. Members of Nirantar have and continue to participate in the Delhi Queer Pride that has been taking place in Delhi since 2008.