Adultery, Sabarimala verdicts to be dissected at varsity seminar

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Karyavattom: The University of Kerala is holding a seminar on the implications of the recent verdicts by the Supreme Court. The y verdicts to be taken up include the ones on the Right to Privacy, Section 377 (gay sex), Section 497 (adultery), and Sabarimala women's entry. The Centre for Women’s Studies of the University is organising the national seminar titled ‘The Recent Supreme Court Verdicts: Decoding Laws, Refashioning Selves' on Friday.

The seminar aims to critically examine the facts, details and the philosophy behind these verdicts.

The one-day national seminar intends to alert the academic community to their intricacies of the SC pronouncements. The three plenary sessions hope to desensationalise the recent controversial orders and make the audience realise the risk of blind adherence to any position.

The first session, titled ‘The Making of Laws: A Journey Through Select SC Verdicts, will be led by Prof.Bismi Gopalakrishnan, Dean, Faculty of Law. Adv. Suhrith Parthasarathy, a practising lawyer of Madras High Court, will speak on ‘From Text to Practice: Negotiating Individual Rights and Cultural Selves.'

The afternoon session will start with the topic ‘Gender and Sexuality: The Legal Dimension and Implications. Dr.T.K.Anandi, Gender Advisor, Govt. of Kerala, will speak on this. The programme concludes with a panel discussion chaired by Dr.T.K.Anandi. It will dwell on the risks of hype created around significant verdicts.

Dr.Lakshmi Sukumar will welcome the audience while Prof.P.Ajayakumar, Pro-Vice Chancellor will inaugurate the function. Felicitations will be given by Prof.B.S.Jamuna, Dean, Faculty of Arts and the Head of the Institute of English; Shyamily sasikumar, University Union Chairperson, Vishnu KP, Researcher Union Chairman; and Athul S, Chairman, Departments Union.

The venue is the seminar hall of the Botany department. 

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