Vidhi Mitra Call for Blogs

ABOUT THE INSTITUTION 

Vidhi Mitra, The Legal Aid Cell, Dharmashastra National Law University, Jabalpur was established in the year 2018. Its aim is to make the legal system and justice more accessible to the general public and create awareness amongst the people about the contemporary legal issues and established rights of the people. 

ABOUT THE BLOG 

The Vidhi Mitra Blog is aimed to provide an active forum to the legal fraternity to express and share their experiences and opinions on contemporary legal issues and themes prescribed by the cell. 

The Blog can be accessed here: https://legalaiddnlu.wordpress.com/ 

The Editorial Board of the Blog is inviting articles, case notes, blog posts, book reviews, and discussion within the aim and scope of the subject matter, i.e., “NATIONAL SAFE MOTHERHOOD DAY”, observed on 11th April.

THEME 

The Blog is open to any topic which revolves around “NATIONAL SAFE MOTHERHOOD DAY”, observed on 11th April or any other contemporary legal issue(s) related. 

NATIONAL SAFE MOTHERHOOD DAY 

The Government of India declared the National Safe Motherhood day on April 1, 2003. It was done at the request of the White Ribbon Alliance India. The government chose this day to commemorate the birth anniversary of Kasturba Gandhi, wife of Gandhiji. It is celebrated every year with an aim to raise awareness about adequate access to care during pregnancy, childbirth and postnatal period along with a focus on reducing maternal health anomalies. Every woman has a right to live and survive pregnancy and childbirth. This year’s theme is “Remain at home amid corona virus, protect mother and infant”. 

India remains one of the most high-risk places in the world to give birth, accounting for almost 12% of total maternal deaths worldwide. Annually, over 35,000 women die in India of maternal causes, despite over 80% delivering in health facilities1. Almost all these deaths are preventable, suggesting that quality of care needs attention at multiple levels. The vision of the campaign is an India where all women and girls realize their right to quality health and wellbeing and to activate a people-led movement for reproductive, maternal and newborn healthcare and rights. With the evolution of time more challenges to safe motherhood have arisen, following which motherhood despite being one of the most significant chapters of women’s lives also becomes one of the darkest. The question of societal privileges become very important and thus it becomes imperative to aid the needy in the scenario. 

The concept of safe motherhood is being advocated by several feminists, human rights activists and various legal aid societies, identifying that the cause may also be deeply rooted in the policy frameworks that can be encountered by filling in the loopholes, by inculcating dialogues about it openly and often. 

The blog shall endeavor to reflect upon the significance and various aspects of safe motherhood and Legal Aid. 

EXPECTATIONS 

The theme aims to offer an opportunity to reflect upon the legal aid mechanisms that can aid in providing safe motherhood and subsequently a safer and more dignified life for the women. The theme also seeks to stimulate dialogue regarding the accessibility of legal aid for mothers and also provides ample room for critiquing the same. It also encourages the author(s) to suggest possible additions to the present legislature. Moreover, the theme not only aims for the author(s) to contemplate the practical contributions of the legal aid provisions in the broader sense but also welcomes their take on specific scenarios. The targeted group for the conference includes professionals from the legal aid and constitutional law field, judges, academicians, legal practitioners, research scholars and students. The work of the author(s) must represent a new idea or contribution to the jurisprudence of the topic. Arguments must be logical and backed by facts. 

SUB-THEMES 

There are countless topics to explore for research in the presented theme, but in adversarial capacity, we have divided our theme into the following sub-themes: 

∙ “Remain at home amid corona virus, protect mother and infant.” 

∙ Addressing Maternal Mortality : In the post pandemic landscape. 

∙ Navigating the maternal rights of inmates. 

∙ Pre and Post Natal Care : The Indian Saga. 

∙ Survival through Maternity : the Endgame? 

∙ The socio-legal boulders on the road to safe motherhood. 

∙ Account of state initiatives envisaging safe motherhood. 

∙ Exploring the evolving horizons of Safe Motherhood

∙ Confronting the dilemmas of the surrogate mothers. 

∙ Abortion : Right to say no to motherhood and yes to dignity, privacy and bodily integrity. ∙ Ensuring safe motherhood through legal aid to children of inmates 

∙ Advocacy for midwidfery. 

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES 

∙ The author may choose one or more sub-themes for his/her manuscript. 

∙ The article should be an original work of the author and neither published nor under consideration for publication in any other journal or blog. The work must not be plagiarized. Any work plagiarised more than 15% will be automatically rejected. 

∙ Co-authorship (limited to 2 authors) is allowed. 

∙ Word Limit 

Articles: 2500-3500 words; Case Notes: 1000-2000 words; Book Review: 1500-2500 words; Blog: 1000-1500 words. 

Manuscripts above the prescribed word limit shall not be considered as a general rule, except under special circumstances subject to the sole discretion of the Editorial Board. In case author(s) want(s) to roll out a series of blogs, the decision on the word limit shall be taken by the editorial board accordingly. 

∙ All submissions should be typed in font Times New Roman with heading size 14, font size 12, line spacing 1.5’; justified. 

∙ The submissions should be made online in an MS Word format document to: legalaid@mpdnlu.ac.in mentioning the details of the author(s), the category of the manuscript, and the sub-theme(s).

CITATION FORMAT 

The Bluebook, A Uniform System of Citation (21st Ed.) is to be followed for citation. All footnotes must be in Times New Roman, font size 10, single-spacing and justified text. 

DEADLINE 

The last date for all the submissions will be 15th May, 2022. 

CONTACT DETAILS 

In the case of any queries, contact at: legalaid@mpdnlu.ac.in 

STUDENT COORDINATORS 

Priyanshee Sharma (Convenor) – 8989163100. 

Aditya Nema (Secretary) – 9516509476.

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