20 Feb|Fri|6 PM|Conversations Around a Comprehensive Anti-Discrimination Law

Conversations Around a Comprehensive Anti-Discrimination Law

 Danish Sheikh and Sumathi Murthy

Friday, 6 pm, Alternative Law Forum

About the discussion

The landscape of discrimination law in the country is deeply fragmented and lacks insight into intersectional experiences across recognized identity markers. The manner in which the constitutional guarantees under Article 15 of the Constitution have been operationalized has been extremely inadequate.

To facilitate conversations on bringing together multiple strands of discrimination under a common legal framework, ALF organized a consultation on anti-discrimination laws at the National Law School, Bangalore in December 2014. The consultation brought together lawyers, activists and academics to engage in discussions around comparative discrimination law regimes; providing for  intersectionality in the law; lived realities of direct and indirect discrimination; and the possible ways to further these conversations.

The consultation was part of a broader project on anti-discrimination laws that ALF has been working on alongside Sumathi Murthy and Sunil Mohan. While ALF has been engaged in doctrinal research on different strands of discrimination law, Sumathi and Sunil have been conducting interviews with activists and lawyers across South India, on the different experiences of discrimination and gauging their responses to different legal frameworks.

We invited you to a discussion intended to take this work forward. Danish Sheikh will present on  some of the key issues raised at the National Law School conference, while Sumathi Murthy will discuss her and Sunil’s experiences on the field. A report of the conference proceedings can be found on our website:


About the Discussants

Danish graduated with a bachelor’s degree in law from NALSAR, Hyderabad and a master’s degree from the University of Michigan Law School. He primarily works on research and advocacy relating to Gender and Sexuality law, along with Free Speech and Law and Literature. He has taught courses at NLSIU and St. Joseph’s in Bangalore; NALSAR, Hyderabad; NUJS, Kolkata and Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.

Sumathi Murthy started working with women, contract workers’ union and marginalized genders and sexualities from 1999. She composes music and has also done work on sociological understanding of music and gender and written a play on the Raga Kalyani called Sanchari.