The law will benefit only a miniscule percentage of women, while ignoring the majority who are working as contractual labour, farmers, self-employed women and housewives.
Abandoning public displays of disapproval in favour of closed door discussions is the only way forward.
Thirty petitioners – some Dalits, some not, some representing sex workers and others who say eating beef is part of their food culture – are challenging Maharashtra’s ban on the slaughter of bulls and bullocks and the consumption of beef of cattle slaughtered in Maharashtra.
The misapplication of the sedition law inhibits opposition against the ruling party and violates freedom of expression, in addition to harassing the accused.
There is a need to de-stigmatise the termination of pregnancies and allow for late term abortions since a woman’s right to abortion is a necessary condition for her reproductive autonomy.
The document doesn’t punish people who lay bad roads, doesn’t seem keen on protecting pedestrians and just doesn’t address how road accidents must be investigated.
“I was sent to prison for 23 days for sedition in 2010. Even then I wasn’t thrashed like this. I had a lot of faith in the police. That’s gone completely now.”
Prohibition has never worked anywhere; ordinary people suffer and only liquor mafias and law enforcement forces benefit.
Rather than focusing solely on whether AFSPA is needed or not, we need to recognise the restraints that international law and the constitution impose on how wars must be fought.
Given its counterproductive amendments, the government might not have any real intention of allowing the watchdog to emerge, says activist Anjali Bhardwaj.
Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi pleaded for more time and asked that the Supreme Court not issue any notice at the moment.
Once the Bill is enacted, India will jump to third in the world in terms of the number of weeks for maternity leave, behind Norway (44) and Canada (50).
While addressing the issue of surge pricing, the court observed that while taxi aggregators like Ola and Uber reduce the pressure on public transport, “a uniform policy must be devised” for regulating them.
Would it be a stretch to say we are more at risk from scientists without integrity and crony regulators than we are from mercury or other toxic chemicals?
Bihar’s lawsuit against Jharkhand, termed by the Supreme Court as a “trivial non-dispute”, stands in stark contrast to Delhi’s suit against the Centre under the same article, in which it seeks a change of status from union territory to state.
Policemen snoozing on the job must be held accountable, but we must recognise that their behaviour is a manifestation of legislative and administrative somnolence.
Goa’s UCC has allowed dominant castes and communities to assert their privilege and nationalism.
The Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971 needs to be amended to better address the varying concerns of Indian women – be they rape survivors, married women or sexually active single women.
The Delhi high court’s reasoning in its recent ruling on the division of powers between the elected Delhi government and the appointed lieutenant governor disregards certain norms and conventions of constitutional morality.
As is often the case with crimes against women, acid attacks are treated with official apathy and societal indifference.
Had the court chosen to interpret the Act, it could have ruled on the distinction between the illegitimacy of applying the party whip to an expelled legislator and incurring disqualification when the same legislator joins another party.
The Bill completely eliminates the option of identification by transgender persons as either male or female and even reinforces injurious stereotypes about transpersons being part male and part female.
By allowing construction closer to the sea, waiving building regulations for coastal towns and limiting decentralisation to states, coastal conservation and livelihood protection have been swept aside.
Inquiry opened earlier this year after the interior ministry sent a report on what it said may be a criminal ring with dozens of police officers involved in killings between 2012 and 2015,
The ministry wants to justify its proposal for after-the-fact blessing of a project by deceptively quoting parts of the EPA settlement guidelines completely out of context.
Even when protected by an Indian Penal Code exemption that allows a dead victim’s family to reveal her identity, the media prefers to err on the side of caution
States can send a strong message of institutional intolerance towards violence against women by offering strong witness protection schemes, which will go a long way in increase conviction rates, and rehabilitating survivors and their families.
The amended law does a disservice both to the children who want to study but do not have the means, and to the state that owes its future to them.
Cases work on a complaint method and providing evidence is often a lengthy process. The burden of investigations is also on the Range Officer, a person unfamiliar with criminal procedures.
The apex court fixed August 30 for the final hearing of the matter to decide on the constitutional validity of Jallikattu.
Survivors are faced with the ineffective implementation of the laws, and compensation and rehabilitation schemes, as well as government apathy.
However, since courts usually adhere to recommendations of medical boards in such cases, it is unclear what remedy a pregnant woman has if the board rules against her.
The amendment seeks to abolish all forms of child labour, but includes a proviso that allows children up to the age of 14 years to work after school hours in ‘family enterprises’.
The Indian Copyright Act’s centralised scheme for collective licensing is in shambles and lawmakers would do well to remember this when proposing ideas for commercialisation of intellectual property.
Had the rebel MLAs not rejoined the Congress, the Supreme Court’s restoration of the state government to its December 15 form would have soon lost legitimacy.
The couple living together before the male student was of legally marriageable age was enough to expel them, in the judge’s eyes.
When an ayurvedic drug has been ‘approved’ by the Ministry of Ayush, it does not really mean much in the eyes of the law because there is no such requirement under the law.
Far from determining any legal violation, on each date of hearing, the court has instead directed the government to consider heavy-handed proactive censorship.
The court called the decision to remove the elected Arunachal Pradesh government “illegal and unconstitutional”.
A recent case of sexual assault on a young girl with a disability made it clear that in order to get justice, you still need proactive, persistent help and friends in high places.