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This case came before the Supreme Court of India, on appeal, against a Bombay High Court verdict striking down the Maharashtra government’s statewide ban on dance performances in bars. The ban dates back to August 2005, and prohibited ‘any type of dancing' in an "eating house, permit room or beer bar", but made an exception for dance performances in three stars hotels and above, and other elite establishments. The State justified the ban by asserting that bar dancing corrupts morals, fuels trafficking and prostitution, and causes exploitation of women bar dancers.

In the September discussion facilitated by Jessica Mayberry from Video Volunteers, we continued our conversation from August on participatory...

This case was brought by six pregnant or lactating women who lived in poverty in a Delhi slum.  The women were denied food rations, as well as prenatal and children health benefits which they were entitled to under several national benefit programs.

Welcome to September’s monthly discussion, which continues the theme of participatory monitoring! I’m Jessica Mayberry from Video Volunteers and I’ll be facilitating the discussion this month. Video...

Continuing with our focus on cross-cutting issues in ESCR monitoring, our August Discussion—facilitated by Francesca Feruglio from Nazdeek—explored how to ensure meaningful community participation in the human rights documentation process. Once again, there was much...

Nazdeek is a capacity building organization that works with communities, activists and lawyers, to seek justice for

Working Group(s) / Area(s) of Work: 
Women & ESCR
Strategic Litigation

Nazdeek has won the inaugural Namati Justice Prize. Selected from over 160 organizations from across the globe, the panel of expert judges...

The petitioner, Lakshmi Kant Pandey, an attorney, wrote to the Supreme Court (Court) alleging neglect and malpractice on the part of social organizations and private adoption agencies facilitating the adoption of Indian children to foreign parents.  He noted the long and hazardous journeys these children made to foreign countries, along with instances of neglect they experienced from their adoptive parents resulting in impoverishment or sexual exploitation of the children.