5 J. Indian L. & Soc'y I (2014)

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                     JOURNAL OF

    INDIAN LAW AND SOCIETY

Volume V                                                        Winter



                           FOREWORD





     The past year has been a watershed year for gender justice. The passage
of the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013 and the Sexual Harassment of
Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 have
been positively received by the public. On the other hand, the regressive ver-
dict in Suresh Kumar Koushal v. Naz Foundation' was a huge set back, only
partially redeemed by the progressive stance of the judiciary in National Legal
Services Authority v. Union of India2. While these defining and landmark stat-
utes and judgments do have purely legal angles, we as a journal on law and
society, take pride in providing the platform for analysis of such develop-
ments from an interdisciplinary perspective. The present issue includes two
papers analyzing the intricacies of gender justice. As mentioned in our previ-
ous Foreword, last year, on our Blog, we published an insightful, interdisci-
plinary piece by a young graduate of NUJS reflecting on an incident of sexual
harassment. This ultimately led to major institutional changes such as the for-
mation of the Supreme Court Gender Sensitisation and Internal Complaints
Committee (GSICC) and the drafting of the NUJS Guidelines on Protection
of Students from Sexual Harassment during Internships. This incident reaf-
firmed the faith we have placed in interdisciplinary scholarship. With this
issue, we now take another step forward in our endeavour to promote scholarly
research analyzing law using the tools of social sciences.

     Exploring the thematic linkages between poverty and criminal respon-
sibility, Saurabh Bhattacharjee, in his note titled 'Should Valjean have been
Punished for Stealing Bread? Of Poverty and Criminal Responsibility', makes
a threefold argument. He argues that liberal models of criminal responsi-
bility cannot accommodate the defence of poverty, due to assumption of


1  (2014) I SCC I.
2  (2014) 5 SCC 438.

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