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The incidence of domestic violence and dowry deaths shakes the conscience of society. It is against the commitments of the Indian Constitution, which guarantees equal rights and protection for all genders. However, gender roles being
the same in our domestic ecosystem the major section of our society are still controlled by patriarchy. The attitude of viewing a girl as a commodity and burden is a fundamental practice in such a society. The social evil of dowry persists despite awareness and social progress. This is the major cause of domestic violence too. Dowry is still considered as a status symbol and to flaunt ones wealth. This will make the grooms and their families believe it as their right. Domestic violence is not a one-time issue. It is a repeated pattern of behaviours aggregating over time. Its ubiquity was highlighted prominently during the COVID-19 lockdown where when the world went into lockdown, another pandemic was brewing – that of domestic violence and has been on the rise ever since. In India, The National Commission for Women (NCW) received the highest number of complaints in the last six years in 2020, regarding crimes committed against women.

This webinar intends to explore the response of state agencies and the challenges faced and strategies used by civil society organizations, which, for years, have been active in working at ensuring survivors’ access to support services. It also evaluates impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on domestic violence against women, the shifts in forms and intensity of this violence, and women’s responses.

The Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) of Government Law College, Thiruvananthapuram by this webinar expects dialogues not just on the theoretical aspects of women rights or women empowerment; instead, we are looking forward to answers to the often moot questions like where lies the real issue? Do we need more laws to protect women in the domestic environment? What are the practical solutions in this race against the pandemic that appears to have no medicine at all?

IQAC is proposing this 2-Day National Webinar on 15th and 16th July 2021.

Thematic Breakup

  • Constitution and Women’s Rights
  • Religion and Status of Women
  • Family and Marriage as institutions for commodification of women
  • Women emancipation:
  • Role of Education
  • Role of Employment
  • Role of State Agencies
  • Role of Civil Society
  • Role of Workplace Support
  • Role of Feminist Organisations
  • Role of Community Support Systems
  • Role of Technology
  • Domestic Violence
  • Reforms by the Act
  • The Phenomenon of Shadow Pandemic
  • Democratic Domestic Ecosystem: How far is it?

Abstract & Paper Submission

  • An abstract not exceeding 350 words shall be submitted in doc or Docx format for consideration on or before 5th July 2021 to
  • Co-authorship up to 2 persons is permitted.
  • The abstract shall contain:
  • Title of paper
  • Brief idea of the paper
  • Conclusion indicating author’s perspective.
  • The abstract shall indicate the name, designation, Institution details, e-mail address and telephone numbers of all contributors. In the case of co-authorship, each author will have to register separately in the event of participation in the seminar.
  • The abstract must be in Times New Roman, 12 font Size with 1.5 line spacing, justified text and 1 inch margins on all sides.
  • The subject of the email must be “Abstract Submission – NS – Your Name”. Authors should provide their name, designation and institution details in the e-mail.
  • Selected abstracts will be intimated after blind peer review. Thereafter, the full paper shall be submitted on or before 12th July 2021 to

Guidelines for Submitting Full paper

  • The length of the paper shall not exceed 2500 words (including footnotes).
  • Format: MS Word, Font Type: Times New Roman, Font Size: 12 Point, Line Spacing: 1.5 (in case of footnotes, font size is 10 point & line spacing is 1), justified text and 1-inch margins on all sides.
  • For the title of the Paper, 14 point capitals may be used.
  • The name and Designation of the author/authors shall be mentioned below the title of the paper.
  • Harvard Blue Book Style (19th edition) shall be used for citation.
  • The last date of submission of the full paper is July 12, 2021.
  • The subject of the email must be “Full Paper Submission – NS-Your Name”.
  • Authors should provide their name, designation and institution details in the e- mail.
  • Full papers shall undergo Blind peer review and Plagiarism check. Plagiarized papers shall be rejected.
  • Revision (if any) suggested by the reviewer of the paper shall be included.
  • Revisions suggested are on the basis of blind peer review. Abstracts and full papers mailed to on or before July 12, 2021, will only be considered. Status of the acceptance of full papers shall be communicated after blind peer review and plagiarism check. The registration details shall be informed with communication of acceptance.


Registration for the webinar shall be free.

Important Dates

  • Last date for submission of Abstract: July 5, 2021
  • Communication of status of abstract: July 7, 2021
  • Submission of Full papers: July 12, 2021
  • Registration: July 15, 2021
  • Date of Seminar: 15th and 16th July 2021

Faculty Coordinators:

  • Dr. Money Veena V.R, Asst. Professor, GLC, Thiruvananthapuram
  • Dr. Sheema S Dhar, Asst. Professor, GLC, Thiruvananthapuram
  • Smt. Priya Vijayan, Asst. Professor, GLC, Thiruvananthapuram

Student Coordinators:

  • Lekshmi SR (3rd Semester LL.M): 9497330193
  • Ananthapadmanabhan Nair B (5th Semester Unitary LL.B): 9496413650
  • Ganga G Nair (2nd Semester Five Year LL.B): 8078075226

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About the organizer

Government Law College, Thiruvananthapuram at University of Kerala is one of the institutions imparting graduate and post graduate legal education in India. It is the second law college in Kerala and one of the oldest law colleges in the country.


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