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Webinar on "Reproductive Choice of Women: A Fundamental Right" sponsored by NCW, New Delhi [Nov. 27]

Updated: Dec 18, 2021

The aim of this proposed webinar is to focus on the nature of change in protection and safeguarding the reproductive rights of women in India. To spread as much awareness within the community.

"Reproductive Choice of Women: A Fundamental Right"
"Reproductive Choice of Women: A Fundamental Right"

About Chanakya National Law University

Chanakya National Law University (CNLU) is a public law school and a National law University in Patna, Bihar, India. It was established in 2006 by the Government of Bihar (Bihar Act 24 of 2006) as a public university dedicated to the field of legal education. The Chief Justice of Patna High Court is the ex officio chancellor of the university. It is one of the autonomous law schools in India. The campus is located right near the heart of the city in the Mithapur area and has an area of approximately 18 Acres.

The university came into being on 15th August 2006 under the guidance of its vice-chancellor/pro-chancellor, Prof. Dr. A. Lakshminath, former dean and registrar, NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, HRD Principal Secretary Madan Mohan Jha, a 1977 batch IAS and Registrar(I/C) Vijay Kumar Himanshu Dy. Director of Higher education, HRD, Govt. Of Bihar. CNLU was established under the Chanakya National Law University Act, 2006 (Bihar Act No. 24 of 2006) and included in sections 2(f) & 12(B) of the U.G.C. Act, 1956.

CNLU offers a one-year post-graduate LL.M program. Admission to the total 40 seats for the LL.M course is provided through the Entrance Test conducted by the university.

  • Chancellor: Honb'le Justice Sanjay Karol, Chief Justice of the Patna High Court

  • Vice-Chancellor(I/C): Hon’ble Justice Smt. Mridula Mishra (Retd.)

  • Registrar(I/C): Shri Manoranjan Prasad Srivastava (Retired District Judge)

About Child Rights Centre

The Child Rights Centre (CRC) is a specialised research centre of the Chanakya National Law University, Patna, which runs UNICEF since November 2018. The Centre's mission is to engage with child rights from a multi-disciplinary perspective and provide integrated technical support to different layers of institutional governance at local, state, and national levels to protect child rights through Knowledge Management, Human Resource Development and System Strengthening. To this end, the Centre facilitate research support to different stakeholders involved in the child rights paradigm. In addition, it seeks to aid institutionalisation of best practices through research, collaboration, training, review, policy suggestions, field research, improving thereby, and access to justice for children and promoting research, advanced learning and advocacy and community action to strengthen child rights laws, policies and practices in Bihar and India.

About National Commission for Women

The National Commission for Women was set up as a statutory body in January 1992 under the National Commission for Women Act, 1990 (Act No.20 of 1990 of Govt. of India) to review the Constitutional and legal safeguards for women; recommend remedial legislative measures, facilitate redressal of grievances and advise the Government on all policy matters affecting women.

The Committee on the Status of Women in India (CSWI) recommended nearly two decades ago, the setting up of a National Commission for women to fulfil the surveillance functions to facilitate redressal of grievances and to accelerate the socio-economic development of women.

  • Successive Committees/Commissions/Plans including the National Perspective Plan for Women (1988-2000) recommended the constitution of an apex body for women.

  • During 1990, the central government held consultations with NGOs, social workers, and experts, regarding the structure, functions, powers etc. of the Commission proposed to be set up.

  • In May 1990, the Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha.

  • In July 1990, the HRD Ministry organized a National Level Conference to elicit suggestions regarding the Bill. In August 1990 the government moved several amendments and introduced new provisions to vest the commission with the power of a civil court.

  • The Bill was passed and received the assent of the President on 30th August 1990.

The First Commission was constituted on 31st January 1992 with Mrs. Jayanti Patnaik as the Chairperson. The Second Commission was constituted in July 1995 with Dr. (Mrs.) Mohini Giri as the Chairperson. The Third Commission was constituted in January 1999 with Mrs. Vibha Parthasarathy as the Chairperson. The Fourth Commission was constituted in January 2002 and the government had nominated Dr. Poornima Advani as the Chairperson. The Fifth Commission was constituted in February 2005. Dr. Girija Vyas as the Chairperson. The sixth Commission was constituted in August 2011withMrs. Mamta Sharma as the Chairperson. The seventh commission has been constituted in 2014 with Ms. Lalitha Kumaramanglam as Chairperson.

About the Webinar

Bihar is a state which is the least developed as compared to other states of India. The condition of women in India is also not up to the mark since most of the population of Bihar population are belonging to Villages. If we see the health profile of this state, then we come to know that Bihar has the lowest health profile. There are various reasons behind it and pregnancy is also one of the reasons behind it. If we talk about the rights of women in the context of pregnancy in India there is no appropriate law for it. In about 70 years of Independence of India, women are working in many sectors parallel to the men. In the context of Reproductive Rights, judgments of Puttaswamy, recognize the constitutional right of the women which give freedom to make their reproductive choices. It is covered under Article 21 of the Indian Constitution (Justice K S Puttaswamy v Union of India 2012a: para 72, 2012b: para 46, 2012c: para 38). The bench also reiterated the position adopted by a three-judge bench in Suchita Srivastava v Chandigarh Administration (2009), which held that reproductive rights include a woman’s entitlement to carry a pregnancy to its full term, to give birth, and to subsequently raise children; and that these rights form part of a woman’s right to privacy, dignity, and bodily integrity. But things are very much different in reality. If we talk about life expectancy, it is higher in developed countries as compared to India. In India, we can see that the expectancy of females is not the same as the women of developed countries which indicate the poor health of women in India. This poor health might be due to different reasons and reproductive choice is one of them. One big issue of Indian society is that the choice of getting a son and these things are governed by the elder of the family. Such practices of getting a son as a baby are very common in northern India especially in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. This proposed webinar will focus on the condition of women particularly in the context of their rights in reproductive choice in different districts of Bihar.


  • 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM


  • 27th November 2021

Speaker & Topic Details

Prof. Bhavna Verma
Prof. Bhavna Verma

Dr. Padmini Ravindranath
Dr. Padmini Ravindranath

Mrs. Sugandha Sinha
Mrs. Sugandha Sinha

Dr. Sangeet Kumar
Dr. Sangeet Kumar

Professor, Department of Social Work, Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Associate Professor, Department of Economics (MMV), Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Assistant Professor of Law, Chanakya National Law University, Mithapur, Patna, Bihar

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Marwari College, T.M. Bhagalpur University

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“Legal Aspects Reproductive Choice of Women: Components, Features and Gaps”

“Legal Aspects of Reproductive Choice of Women: Components, Features and Gaps”


  • Hon'ble Justice Mrs. Mridula Mishra, Vice-chancellor, Chanakya National Law University, Patna

  • Mr. Manoranjan Prasad Srivastava, Registrar, Chanakya National Law University, Patna

Organising Committee

  • Dr. Aman Kumar, Centre Coordinator, CRC CNLU [Mob. No. 9956585759]

  • Mr. Chandan Kumar Sinha, Programme Coordinator, CRC CNLU [Mob. No. 8804186330]

Registration (Free)

Contact Us

Student Coordinators

  • Shreya Sinha

  • Ayush Kumar [Mob. No. 7480830235]

Note: E-certificate will be provided to the participants.

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