Asian Law College – which is a part of Asian Education Group and is ranked as one of the best Law Colleges in Delhi NCR – welcomed its new batch of B.A.LL.B. & LL.B. students by launching a grand week-long Orientation Programme scheduled from Monday, 26th October 2020 to Saturday, 31st October 2020. However, in view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and keeping in mind the social distancing norms, this programme was organized virtually to benefit the students who have embarked upon a new phase in their academic life.
At the ALC Orientation Programme 2020 Inaugural Ceremony held on Monday, 26th October 2020, renowned Indian women’s right lawyer & Co-founder-MAJLIS Legal & Cultural Resource Centre – Ms. FLAVIA AGNES – was an Eminent Guest.
Ms. Flavia Agnes is an Indian women’s rights lawyer with expertise in marital, divorce and property law. She has written and published numerous articles, some of which have appeared in the journals Subaltern Studies, Economic and Political Weekly, and Manushi. She writes on themes of minorities and the law, gender and law, law in the context of women’s movements, and on issues of domestic violence, feminist jurisprudence, and minority rights. Ms. Flavia Agnes began working in the field of women in law in the 1980s, which was at the beginning of the second phase of the women’s movement, and since 1988, Agnes has been a practicing lawyer at the Mumbai High Court.
In her eminent guest address at the ALC Orientation Programme 2020 Inaugural Ceremony held on Monday, 26th October 2020 from virtual platform, Ms. Flavia Agnes profusely thanked the AEG Family for the privilege of inviting her for this Orientation Programme and humbly stated that she was “happy to know that she can be an inspiration for people even while being an independent person and not an acclaimed lawyer.”
Ms. Flavia Agnes then recounted her extraordinary and courageous journey as an Indian women’s right lawyer and becoming a strong votary of women movement in India on issues of domestic violence, feminist jurisprudence, and minority rights. She quoted at length the rape cases in India starting from the infamous Mathura Rape Case in 1972 that rocked the nation and led to the beginning of some revolutionary changes in law and women’s perception in Indian society.
Towards the end of her highly thought-provoking address, the renowned guest told the students to not just aim for the glamorous roles as a lawyer, which in any case were few in number, but to take up issues that are not glamorous. She said, “Lawyers have a duty to not only defend the society from the three evil C’s of Casteism, Communalism and Corruption but also from Gender Injustice that is rampant in the Indian society. Take up the cause of the marginalized people, and therein lies your true recognition, worth and honor!”