Jayna Kothari

Executive Director

Jayna is a co-founder of CLPR. She is a partner at Ashira Law, a Bangalore-based law firm and practices as a Counsel in the Karnataka High Court and the Supreme Court of India. She graduated from University Law College with a B.A. LL.B degree and read the BCL at Oxford University. Jayna has been awarded the Wrangler D.C. Pavate Fellowship in Cambridge University.

Jayna’s research and practice interests include constitutional law, including the right to education, health and housing, gender, disability rights, environmental law. Her book, “The Future of Disability Law in India” was published in 2012 by Oxford University Press and is one of the first books on disability law in the country.



The rainbow in our clouds

September 10, 2018

Jayna Kothari, Executive Director of CLPR and Advocate, Supreme Court, had represented transgender rights activists, Dr. Akkai Padmashali, Sanaa and Umi Umesh, in the Supreme Court on Section 377 challenge case. Deccan Herald carried Jayna’s piece today where she analyses the key themes the Court relied on to read down Section 377

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The Right to Privacy: The Promise for full Recognition of Transgender Rights

August 28, 2018

In an article i n Orinam, Jayna Kothari examines the unexpected and far-reaching impact of the Right to Privacy verdict by the Supreme Court in the Aadhaar case, on gender identity, transgender rights and women’s rights.

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Law reform is needed to secure greater respect for adolescent sexual and reproductive autonomy

November 17, 2017

In this piece, Jayna Kothari and Payal Shah, analyse the Independent Thought judgment. They suggest policy and law reforms to translate this decision into respecting the bodily autonomy of every woman and girl.

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A Wrong Turn in the Road to Equality

April 6, 2018

Ironically, on the 91st anniversary of the revolutionary Mahad Satyagraha, (a Dalit march led by Dr. B.R. Ambedkar to access water in a tank), on 20th March 2018, in Dr. Subhash Kashinath Mahajan vs. The State of Maharashtra and Anr., the Supreme Court opined that the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 (Act) was being misused and laid down guidelines, substantially diluting the provisions of the Act.

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India’s Compliance with Article 5.3 of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC)

June 30, 2015

India currently does not have any specific laws for the implementation of Article 5.3 of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, which deals with the protection of public health policies with respect to tobacco control, from commercial and other vested interest of the tobacco industry.

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Constitutionality of the RTE Act: CLPR at the Supreme Court

March 18, 2014

In a second round of litigation in the Supreme Court around the Right of Children to…

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