The talk has been cancelled for now.

School of Law, Governance and Citizenship,  Ambedkar University Delhi (AUD) invites you to a Talk on ‘Consent and Rape Adjudication Post-Farooqui’ by Mrinal Satish (Professor of Law at NLU Delhi and Executive Director of the Centre for Constitutional Law, Policy and Governance).

Date: 20th February 2018 (Tuesday), 2.30 pm

Venue: Committee Room 2, Karampura Campus


In this talk, the Speaker will argue that the Delhi High Court misinterpreted Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code in acquitting Mahmood Farooqui of the charge of rape. In doing so, it relied on rape myths and stereotypes surrounding rape, rape victims and rape offenders. The Supreme Court by refusing to entertain an appeal from the judgment of the High Court, and in the questions that it posed to the victim’s counsel, further reinforced these rape myths and stereotypes.

The case hence effectively negatived years of rape law reform, and may have a detrimental impact on rape adjudication in the future. The case only goes to further support the conclusion that what courts view as the harm that rape causes is confined to issues of chastity, virginity and marriageability.

About the speaker: 

Mrinal Satish is a Professor of Law at the National Law University, Delhi, where he is also the Executive Director of the Centre for Constitutional Law, Policy, and Governance. Mrinal’s area of specialization is criminal law.

He has worked extensively on issues relating to sexual violence. His doctoral work at Yale Law School was on rape sentencing in India. A modified and updated version of his dissertation was published in 2016 by Cambridge University Press.

The book is titled “Discretion, Discrimination and the Rule of Law: Reforming Rape Sentencing in India.” Mrinal was also part of the research team that assisted the Justice Verma Committee on Reforms to the Criminal Law that suggested reforms to rape law post the December 16, 2012 gang rape and homicide incident in Delhi.

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