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Resource Book on Women Rights

To be published at the Training Workshop for Capacity Building Young Lawyers from Northeast India on Women Rights at NEF Law College, Guwahati (India); February, 2012

A key challenge facing the overall women rights scenario in a remote region like Northeast India is availability of professionally trained and effective lawyers in local courts to assist the disadvantaged 'women' to fight rights violation cases, or otherwise advance their interests. Such legal services, embracing both individual access to justice and public interest law transcending individual needs, contribute to the rule of law, good governance, human rights, empowerment of the poor and poverty alleviation. The women rights lawyers need special training and set of professional tools for forging the future of legal services and legal systems across the Northeast region. In order to address this gap, The British High Commission, New Delhi has funded a special training workshop that is being organized by PFI Foundation in collaboration with NEF Law College, Guwahati in February, 2012.

On the occasion of this Workshop and as a reference book a Resource Book on Women Rights will be published. Interested advocates, teachers, and researchers may submit a Paper / Chapter on any topic related to Women Rights Issues that will form a part of the proposed book (with ISBN).

Kindly intimate us in advance about your topic and we will confirm your Chapter/Topic. We will expect to receive your manuscript/paper latest by 31 Jan 2012 at Email: You are requested to strictly follow the "Instructions for the preparation of Manuscript" given below.

Tentative Topics / Chapters for authors:

Chapters Topics
1 Introduction
The meaning of law, various social security legislations, free legal aid to the poor, Indian Evidence Act, various modes of dispute settlement mechanisms i.e. Lok Adalats, Family Courts, Mahila Courts, Crime Against Women Cells, NCW, NHRC, State Commissions etc.
2 Apart from others, stress should be laid on .Fundamental Rights, Constitutional Remedies (Writs), Electoral Law, Voting Rights for Women, participation in Panchayats, etc..
3 Marriage Law, Separation, Divorce, Maintenance, Adoption, Family Laws, Right to Property and Succession, Guardianship, unmarried mother and the legitimacy of her children.
4 Arrest, grounds of arrest, kinds of offences (bailable and non-bailable), arrest warrant, powers of police, rights of arrested persons including the right to bail, the immediate procedure to be adopted in case of violation of rights available etc. may be discussed with the help of case law in a more practical manner.
5 Offences of dowry, rape, molestation, child rape and child abuse etc. Some recently decided cases may be discussed in detail.
6 Procedure for seeking redressal to be explained along with visits to Police Station, Courts, Lok Adalats, field studies etc.
7 Rights at work place, Equal Remuneration / Minimum Wages Act / Rights under Factories Act, Maternity Benefit Act, Mines and Plantation Act, Rules of work - in such specific areas, Sexual harassment at work place.
8 Foeticide, Infanticide, Preconception and Prenatal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act 1994, The Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act.
9 During the programme emphasis should be laid on discussing the local issues and the social practices prevalent in the society. The specific issues like Sati, Child Marriages, Child Labour, Prostitution, Dowry System etc. should be discussed in a detailed manner.
10 Muslim Personal Law, issues concerning Muslim , problems of Muslim women and their rights of equality, Muslim women's rights enshrined under the 'Islamic Sharia'. laws and rights related to them. Muslim women should be allowed the right of economic independence and property.

Conclusion / Bibliography / Further Reading

Instructions for the preparation of Manuscript

The following instructions will help you with the preparation of your manuscript/paper. Please read them carefully before you start.

Text Area and Page Extent
Please use A/4 size paper with 1.5 inch margin on left and right and 1.75 inch margin on top and bottom. You must contain all text matter, figures and tables within this area and ensure that the margins are consistent on all pages. The length of the papers should not exceed 8 pages. When finished, number each page with pencil at the bottom of each page.

Main Text Layout
Please use good quality white paper for preparing camera-ready copy. You should set the main text in 10 point Times New Roman (normal), not in bold, using single line spacing. All text should be produced as a single column and JUSTIFIED throughout.

Disk/ Soft Copy
You must include one IBM compatible Compact Disk (CD) with your paper containing all the files required to reproduce your paper. The editing and formatting work will be carried out on author supplied electronic files, rather than hard copy. Alternatively you may send a soft copy of the paper (in MS Word) by email to and send the hard copy to the editor.

Printers & Output
Please submit two copies (one original and one copy) of the manuscript. Make sure that the printer output is clear and in black. Always use a laser printer, or very good quality inkjet printer. Dot matrix printers are not acceptable.

This should contain the title of the paper, the author names, affiliation, the abstract and the first part of the paper.

• Start the title of your paper with 2.5 inch margin on top, 1.75 inch margin at bottom and 1.5 inch margin on left and right in Times New Roman font, size 16 point bold, range left. Only the first letter of the first word should be a capital, unless proper nouns are used, the rest must be all in lower case letters.
• Follow this (with one 16pt line space in between) on a new line, with the authors' names, without degrees or qualifications, in Times New Roman font, size 12 point, normal, range left.
• Follow this, on a new line, with the authors' affiliation (not the full postal address) in Times New Roman font, size 11 point, range left, italic.
• Now start the abstract, with the heading two line spaces below the last line of the address and set in Times New Roman, size 12 point bold. Leave one line space and then start the text of the abstract, set in Times New Roman font, size 10 point, normal, justified with single line spacing. The abstract will consist of approximately 300 words. It must not run over onto the next page.

Other pages
For the second and following pages, use the full area (A/4 size with 1.75 inch margin on top and bottom and 1.5 inch on left and right sides) and commence keying, in one column, inserting tables and figures as required.

Headings should be set aligned left, as shown below. Number the headings as per the following system.

1. Main section headings

These should be set in 12 point Times New Roman bold, with one complete line space above and below. The text following a main heading should not be indented.

1.1 Second level headings

These should be set in 10 point Times New Roman bold, with one complete line space above and below. The text following a secondary heading should not be indented.

1.1.1 Third level headings

These should be set in l0 point Times New Roman bold, with one complete line space above and below. The text following a third grade heading should not be indented.

Paragraphs should not be indented. Leave one line space between paragraphs.

All equations must be clearly set. When referring to equations in the text, preface the number with the word 'eqn' or 'eqns' and place the number within brackets i.e. eqn (1). Displayed equations should be numbered simply (1), (2), (3), etc. The numbers should appear at the extreme right of the line. Do not set them in bold type. Please ensure that subscripts and superscripts are clearly legible.

Tables must be set as part of the text, but smaller type sizes may be used to enable the table to fit the space. All tables must have a caption centered over the table. Captions should be numbered sequentially starting with number 1, i.e. Table 1. Input data. Leave one line space above and below tables. Large tables may be set landscape, i.e. sideways on the page, reading up. Do not set captions in bold.

Figures should be drawn or printed using black ink. They should be positioned centrally on the width of the page and close to their text reference. Captions to figures should be set text size and centered below the figure. All figures must be numbered sequentially starting with number 1, i.e. Fig. 1. Velocity fields. Leave two line spaces between the caption and the text. Do not set captions in bold. It is recommended that figures should be prepared in normal size and incorporated within the text using a word-processing system. Colored figures will not be accepted.

If it is essential to include photographs, a space should be allocated within the text of the desired size. All prints must be clear, glossy, have good contrast, and should be supplied separately and of correct dimensions. They must not be stuck to the paper. Alternatively, you may incorporate them within your document using a word-processing system. Colored photographs will not be accepted.

References should be mentioned at the end of the manuscript/paper alphabetically, numbered and should be in the following order:

Author surname, initials, title, publication, volume, page range, year. In the text a reference should be shown by the author's name followed by the year of publication (e.g. Jain, 2003; Ali and Jain, 2004). Please refer the following examples for different kinds of references. Do check your final paper to ensure that all references within the text correspond to the reference list at the end.

1. Jain, C. K. and Sharma, M. K., Adsorption of cadmium on bed sediments of River Hindon: Adsorption models and kinetics, Water, Air and Soil Pollut., 137, 1-20, 2002.
2. Jain, C. K., Fluoride Contamination in Ground Water, In: Encyclopedia of Water (Ed. J. H. Lehr), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., USA, 2004.


Send your Paper/Chapter Manuscript by 31 Jan 2012 to:

Dr K M Baharul Islam
Programme Director
Workshop on Women Rights
NEF Law College,
G S Road, Opp Hub,
Guwahati 7810005 India
Mobile: 0985991410