The Regional Action Forum on “Improving the Implementation of LawsProtecting Women and Children” is a platform of dedicated individuals/expertsfrom government, civil society, the judiciary and academia from four countries– Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Supported by the SARI/EquityProgram, the Forum members meet regularly to discuss and act upon commonissues of importance for the region. Thus, the Forum membership agreed toundertake the compilation of progressive, precedent-setting judgments onviolence against women and children from the four countries in the hope thatthis compilation would foster information sharing and replication of progressive judgments across the region for the benefit of women and children victims of violence. SARI/Equity acknowledges with gratitude the valuable contributionsof the Regional Action Forum members, National Core Groups
and Consultantsin the selection of the judgments and in the preparation of synopses for each of them and of various other materials. Special thanks go to the Editor of thePublication, Ms.Aparna Bhat, Member of the Regional Action Forum andAdvocate at the Supreme Court of India, who consolidated the contributionsinto the current publication. We sincerely hope that it will become an “easyreference book” for judges, prosecutors, lawyers and concerned individualsand contribute to the development of a progressive jurisprudence in the region.
The AED-SARI/Equity Team
1For the list of members of the Regional Action Forum and its National Core Groups please see the back pageof this document.