Alternative Justice

Alternative Justice’s core idea is to re-conceptualize justice as restorative and transformative. It critically looks at the carceral responses to sexual violence by the criminal justice system and believes that the very nature of the legal framework in deciding how offences get defined, prosecuted or punished is violent. It challenges the idea that all survivors of sexual harm want punishment for their perpetrators and believes that there is restorative and transformative potential for survivors when the focus is on redressing their harm, on healing and making their harm-doers recognize the harm they’ve caused and feel accountable. Alternative Justice is run by a community of RJ and TJ practitioners and advocates. It was started in March 2020 by Deepika Bhardwaj, a queer, feminist writer and Transformative Justice advocate currently living in New Delhi.

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