As part of our internship we have to write a report based on our findings from the interviews answering the question; can women change Kerala? The report should be around 15 pages long and is going to be read by Jananeethi members and many advocates, Panchayat members, politicians and maybe even the Indian Parliament! No pressure then!
This week was therefore spent solely on planning, writing and putting together the report. This was an emotional week filled with hard-work and stress along with laughter and tears! We also spent many long hours in Samuel's internet cafe when we were faced with power cuts at home, thanks Sam!...
On Wednesday however we did have a cultural programme to attend. Destin and a number of her advocate friends took us to Cochin to visit the High Court of Kerala. This was a large, very busy building. We sat in on a number of cases as they were in English, although it was still quite difficult to take in what was happening. We were introduced to many other advocates and spoke to a magistrate for a while. To become a magistrate in India is somewhat different to England. Unlike in England where magistrates do not require any formal qualifications and are unpaid, in India an applicant must have the minimum qualification of a Law degree.
We said a final goodbye to Destin and her friends at the train station before heading home to carry on with the report.