Indian activist and lawyer
Flavia Agnes (born 1947) is an Indian legal scholar and women's rights activist.
- The fact that our government shouts "death sentence" and the National Commission for Women ex-chairperson follows it up by calling for castration of rapists just shows a warped belief in a weird linkage between increasingly barbaric and sensational punishments and greater liberation for womankind. If only they'd look at mundane nitty-gritties.
- On the low conviction rate in rape cases in India, as quoted in "Rape & Punishment: Will death penalty deter rapists, or make conviction even tougher?" Outlook India (14 December 1998)
- All these new demands, death penalty for rape and long terms in prison for harassing women will only have the offenders roaming free because the burden of proving "beyond reasonable doubt" will become the victim's problem.
- On the proposal for stricter laws for sexual harassment, as quoted in "Sexism And The Workplace Wars" Outlook India (19 April 1999)
- Sitting in a metropolis like Delhi, it’s easy to pass a judgement that laws are being misused. But we should look at the larger reality where the laws are yet to reach the minimum standards of use.
- On the claim that India's anti-dowry laws are being misused, as quoted "Women mis(using) laws to get even?" The Tribune (19 October 1999)
- Section 497 is based on Old Testament values. It doesn't protect the rights of women, only protects the proprietorial rights of men over their wives' bodies.
- On India's adultery law, as quoted in "What The Law Says" Outlook India (5 May 2003)
- It's a routine thing women go through with cops. They treat women, particularly from the lower classes or those they think of as "loose", in a very humiliating, lecherous manner.
- On the attitude of Mumbai policemen towards women, as quoted in "The Law's A Beast" Outlook India (9 May 2005)
- Dancing and singing are legitimate professions, not new to women. Banning such bars, would violate the right of these women to earn a livelihood, as laid down under Article 21 of the Constitution, as well as the right to carry on a legitimate profession under Article 19.
- On Maharashtra government's ban on dancing girls in bars, as quoted in "Razing the Bar" The Tribune (30 April 2005)
- He does not seem to have understood the gravity of the offence. India's elite lauded the amendments to the IPC, widening the definition of rape, little realizing that they did not apply simply to lower-class men, but could affect them too. While there has been much clamour for the death penalty in cases of rape involving the lower classes, would the elite now like to apply this to themselves?
- On Tarun Tejpal's rape accusation and the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013, as quoted in "Tejpal's email apology strong documentary evidence" The Times of India (23 November 2013)
- Not only is the sentence meted out to the young boys from impoverished background too harsh, but our fear is that it will set a bad precedent and serve to dilute the "rarest of rare" premise upon which a verdict of death penalty must hinge as per our criminal jurisprudence. While most countries are moving towards abolition of death penalty, this is a move in the reverse direction.
- On the verdict in the 2013 Mumbai gang rape, as quoted in "Opinion: Why I oppose death for rapists" Mumbai Mirror (5 April 2014)
- How are all the details relevant to the case and the actual crime? When it is a case of an upper class woman, there is a titillating curiosity and over interest in her life. Her life becomes a free for all.
- On the media attention on Indrani Mukerjea, as quoted in "The Maria Connection" Outlook India (6 September 2015)