Mohammed Cherif Bassiouni, international criminal law’s most prolific exponent, passed away on September 25 at the age of 79.
The court refused to show any sympathy to the convict, saying it would do “immense harm to the justice system and undermine the public confidence”.
By setting a different standard of consent for educated women in the recent acquittal of Mahmood Farooqui, the law has failed to acknowledge that rape, even when it is not a stranger rape, is an act of power and dominance.
Vinod Dua discusses the controversies surrounding Jaggi Vasudev and a moment of crisis in Indian judiciary in light of Justice Jayant Patel’s resignation.
The former Tehelka editor is alleged to have sexually assaulted a former colleague inside the elevator of a five-star hotel in Goa in 2013.
The new state laws, which are in line with the BJP’s land ordinance, undo consent procedures and legitimise land acquisition with terms favourable to investors.
The court thus quashed the FIR filed against the artist Vineet Kacker in 2008.
Misinterpretations of the MTP Act reflect the failure of the legal system to treat vulnerable pregnant women as persons capable of making decisions concerning their body.
This is the fourth example of judges or candidates for judgeship paying the price for having contributed to rulings which went against the interests of those currently in power at the Centre.
Jayant Patel resigned after he was denied elevation as the Karnataka high court chief justice and transferred to the Allahabad high court instead.
The Medical Council of India as well as the college in question had objected to the admission.
Eleven years after order, none of the states have conformed to the guidelines, says a Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative report.
“The entire crass sequence actually is reflective of a degenerative mindset of the youth breeding denigrating relationships mired in drugs, alcohol, casual sexual escapades and a promiscuous and voyeuristic world.”
The plea filed by Rohingya refugees offers an opportunity for the Supreme Court to bring clarity to the conflict between a statutory vacuum, ad hoc executive policies and binding obligations under international law.
The Centre said convicted MPs or MLAs need not be automatically disqualified from parliament or state legislatures since they can appeal convictions.
The lives of Rohingya Muslim may be much better in Nepal in comparison to the other countries but should this really be question of relative freedoms?
As the post-conflict justice system takes shape in Colombia, there are many individual rights violations and atrocities to be addressed.
Manoj Mitta, author of The Fiction of Fact-finding: Modi and Godhra, and Siddharth Varadarajan discuss the Gujarat 2002 riots and Amit Shah’s testimony.
The bench was hearing an appeal against the ban on Kannada book Basava Vachana Deepthi by scholar, mystic and writer Mate Mahadevi.
Laws banning cattle slaughter in various states allow ordinary people to take the law into their own hand with impunity – as long as they are working in an undefined ‘good faith’.
There are many judicial vacancies in the 24 high courts, with 413 positions out of a total approved strength of 1079 vacant, even as about 30 million cases are pending in the courts.
In a setback for the Iraqi government and western powers who pushed for dialogue, the plebiscite will go ahead as planned, later this month.
The court also set timelines for the circulation of manuals and guidelines, the constitution of a board of visitors and to tabulate details on juveniles who died an unnatural death.
A slew of safety measures have been proposed in the aftermath of the Ryan International School incident.
Sweeping assertions filled with vitriol against the Rohingya have now entered the formal pleadings. The court should not allow unfiltered communal speech.
Despite home minister Rajnath Singh’s assurances that pellet guns aren’t being used often by the security forces, doctors and civil organisations say otherwise.
Former attorney general Mukul Rohatgi talks about the recent right to privacy judgment, his objections to it, paranoia surrounding the Aadhaar and more.
“I did not mean that, that privacy is nothing. I only placed the position of the Supreme Court judgements.”
The RSS chief also said that his organisation does not support trolling on social media as it amounts to “hitting below the belt”.
The wait was required to guard against a “hurried decision” if there is otherwise a possibility of reconciliation.
The move came following an order of the Supreme Court, which in 2015 had directed the central government to grant citizenship to the Chakma and Hajong refugees, mostly staying in Arunachal Pradesh.
On a petition filed by Kodnani, special SIT judge P. B. Desai summoned Shah to appear before the court on September 18.
Adityanath’s visit to City Montessori will provide legitimacy to a school which doesn’t honour the orders of his government or administration and flouts the national law openly.
The triple talaq and right to privacy rulings, as well as the Punjab and Haryana high court’s comment after the Panchkula violence, have shown the importance of judiciary in a functioning democracy – to assist, reflect and question.
The manner in which the state machinery, including the police, intimidates family members of whistleblowers or those who report scandals, has become a recurring pattern, one that should not go unpunished.
The two judges had been appointed by the Allahabad high court in March 2003, during the excavation conducted by archaeological survey of India at the disputed site.
Some in the board are of the view that a review petition would bring other Islamic practices such as nikah halala and polygamy under scrutiny.
The mandate for the criminal justice system and the civil society to monitor prisons is quite clear, but it’s the will that’s missing.
Denying consent to one section of married women, either adult or minor, is problematic and would suffer from arbitrariness.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra issued notice to the state, asking it to maintain law and order and ensure that protests over the death of the 17-year-old Dalit girl do not disrupt daily life.