CfP: National Seminar on Assessing Incarcerated Women’s Physical and Mental Health Status in India by VIT School of Law, Chennai [Offline; August 25]: Submit by July 25

CfP: National Seminar on Assessing Incarcerated Women’s Physical and Mental Health Status in India by VIT School of Law, Chennai [Offline; August 25]: Submit by July 25

About the Conference

In India, male prisoners account for the majority of the incarcerated population. Due to the dominance of male prisoners, the health and welfare aspects of the prisoners are more concentrated on them. However, considering the fact that the physical and mental health requirements of men and women differ due to biological differences, there is a need for a separate structure of treatment altogether in the prison system.

As per government data, there are only eleven states and one union territory that has prisons intended specifically for women. Overcrowding, privacy, and rehabilitation are some of the many issues faced by women prisoners in the present time which adversely affects their physical and mental health.

Although everyone is guaranteed the protection of the Right to life under Article 21 of the Indian Constitution, which also encompasses the right to health, the gender-specific health needs of women prisoners have not improved nor been addressed appropriately. Such a situation provokes the need to understand the underlying causes of these issues.

Are these issues being ignored by policymakers considering that there are significantly lesser female convicts than male prisoners? Do we have adequate legislations to address such health issues of female prisoners which enforces the aforementioned Constitutional protection? Do we need a more engaged judiciary to address such health issues of female prisoners? Are the health issues of female prisoners appropriately taken into consideration by NGOs and community organizations?

In light of the aforementioned query, the seminar is planned with the following objectives:

  • To provide a forum for exchanging perspectives on the current legal system vis-a-vis health issues of women prisoners.
  • To provide a platform for people from academia, the workforce, and other backgrounds to examine the effects of not addressing the plight of women prisoners.
  • To develop appropriate recommendations and suggestions for bridging the gap existing in the current prison system.

Call for Papers

Original unpublished research papers/articles and case studies are invited from academicians/research scholars/advocates and students for presentation at the seminar.

The papers will be selected after a plagiarism check, the permissible limit being 10% of a Turnitin report. The abstract and full paper will undergo a double-blind peer review process by the expert review committee.

The selected papers will be published in peer-reviewed journals having ISSN Numbers/books having ISBN numbers. Certificates for the Best paper/presentation will also be provided.

Themes

  • Gender as a factor for discrimination in the prison system.
  • Women, prison, and society.
  • Need for gender-specific health care in prisons.
  • Sexual health and reproductive health of woman prisoners.
  • International, constitutional, and national legal regimes for the protection of incarcerated women’s health.
  • Community participation and the role of civil society in highlighting the problem of the woman prisoner.

The above-mentioned themes are only indicative and any paper relevant to the main theme of the seminar may be submitted.

Submission Guidelines

  • The first page should have the title and an abstract of not more than 300 words and at least 5 keywords should be mentioned, along with the details of the author and co-authors including their designation, institutional affiliation, and email-id and contact number.
  • The contributions shall not be more than 3000 – 6000 words inclusive of tables and graphs, diagrams, photographs, references, and a bibliography.
  • The headings should be in 14 font size, Times New Roman, and text in 12 font size with 1.5 spacing.
  • The authors must follow the OSCOLA citation method for the footnotes. The diagrams and tables should have appropriate titles and sources if extracted.
  • The papers shall be checked for plagiarism. Papers with instances of plagiarism shall be disqualified from presentation in the Seminar.
  • Both the main author and the co-author should register in order to present their paper at the Seminar.
  • After the selection of the abstract, the full paper submission link will be provided to the participants through the respective mail id.
  • Eligibility
  • The Seminar would be a medium through which activists, professionals, academicians, research scholars and students collectively discuss the existing problems faced by women prisoners.
  • The seminar would also be a medium for collecting recommendations and suggestions which could be possible solutions to the issues discussed.
  • The Seminar with the larger goal of awareness and sensitization would address the same to all the participants through sharing of knowledge and experiences.

How to Submit?

Interested applicants may submit the abstract through the link provided at the end of the post.

Note:

  • The Abstract will be reviewed and selected Authors will be intimated. Thereafter, the full paper will undergo a double-blind peer assessment by the review committee.
  • All the delegates are requested to bring ID Proof at the time of the event

Selection Procedure

  • The Abstract will be reviewed and selected Authors will be intimated. Thereafter the full paper will undergo a double-blind peer assessment by the review committee.
  • All the delegates are requested to bring ID Proof at the time of the event

Registration Fees

There are no registration fees.

Important Dates

  • Seminar date: August 25, 2023
  • Last date for Abstract Submission: July 25, 2023
  • Abstract Confirmation: July 30, 2023
  • Submission of Full Paper: August 12, 2023

Perks

  • The selected papers will be presented during the conference and will be published in a book with ISBN Number.
  • Certificates will be provided for all the presenters and participants.

Mode

Offline

Location

VIT School of Law, VIT Chennai campus, Kelambakkam – Vandalur Road, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600127

Contact Information

In case of any queries, please write to [email protected] or contact: 7749911378, 9962861282

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