Activists says solutions should be holistic, piecemeal announcements like making 500 railway stations disabled-friendly will not help much.
Two supplementary MNREGA allocations were made by the government last year. This means, there’s only a 1%, not 25%, actual increase in this year’s Budget.
Anirban Nandy, who suffers from hypertension, was subjected to verbal abuse and harassment involving the police.
Taking exception to the widespread protests across the state in support of Jallikattu, the Supreme Court observed that such things cannot be permitted in a country governed by the rule of law.
“The aim of acts of intimidation and hostility appears to be to clear the area of any dissenting voices [in Bastar] so that the police and security forces have a free hand.”
The Centre needs to make up for the losses it has caused to those who already live in precarious, marginalised conditions.
India is also making discrimination against Muslims a key ingredient of its refugee and immigration policy.
This extract from ‘Fatal Accidents of Birth’ delves into Rohit Vemula’s story, tracing the chain of events that led to his death, and shines a light on casteism in India’s educational institutions.
UN special rapporteur Tauli-Corpuz stressed the need for countries to incorporate the UN Declaration into national plans and legislation in order to ensure indigenous rights.
Dalits have been subjected to vicious caste violence for years in Gujarat.
The Modi government’s clampdown on foreign funding has forced several NGOs to lay-off its employee, and has impacted education and social welfare initiatives.
In an incident similar to the Manesar Maruti factory one, eight workers at the Pricol factory in Coimbatore were given life sentences in a case riddled with loopholes.
This week’s column rounds up some of the rights issues that have recently come into focus.
With no helpline or information centre to go to, parents from economically weaker sections wanting to admit their child in a private school through the Right to Education Act struggle to gather basic information about the policy.
With our freedoms coming under attack, we have arrived at a time when it is crucial for scholars and academics to prove their relevance to the people and show them they are on the same side.
In Marriage and its Discontents: Women, Islam and the Law in India, Sylvia Vatuk argues how ‘paternalistic attitudes’ affect women suffering in abusive and troubled marriages.
A 2006 study found that women’s rights groups felt the gag rule violated their rights to freedom of speech and association.
An organised movement of Dalits against unequal land distribution echoes through the Malwa region of Punjab.
The voices of the republic include dreamers, dissenters and rebels. One poem of resistance, from a different Indian language, each day this week.
Navsarjan Trust said its activities were a “threat to the BJP” and hence its FCRA licence was cancelled.
A report from several civil society actors has found that the Right to Information Act is not functioning as it should be.
What the home ministry’s new guidelines on how the disabled must show their respect for the national anthem tell us about the politics of pure nationalism.
Activists say exempting persons with disabilities is not the answer, but the law should take the reality into account and provide guidelines accordingly.
With evidence not adding up and workers still in jail, the defence counsel and the accused workers suspect foul play by the company.
The attack comes days after the researcher accompanied an NHRC team to record the statements of rape and sexual assault survivors who have filed FIRs against police personnel.
As protests break out over the disappearances of activists in Pakistan, it is evident that the state and the police are siding with religious outfits seeking to curtail freedom.
In conversation with Boris Michel, regional director for Asia Pacific at the International Committee of the Red Cross, on the organisation’s work, the Syrian civil war, the Rohingya crisis, and the way forward for humanitarian and transnational organisations.
Organisers and partners have stressed that the march is not anti-Trump, but rather is concerned about the current and future state of women’s rights.
The recent verbal attack on Dangal star Zaira Wasim is symptomatic of an unholy entanglement of religion and politics that had led to a shrinking space for women in public life.
As Donald Trump takes over the reigns from US President Barack Obama today, this week’s column focuses on a selection of rights issues that are likely to suffer under his administration.
A reporter’s account of what transpired in Hyderabad Central University when Dalit students tried to commemorate Rohith Vemula’s death anniversary.
Instead of defying the Supreme Court, jallikattu supporters should turn their energies and passion to finding ways to bring bulls back into agriculture and educate our polity and society about the virtues of native genes in agriculture and animal husbandry.
“My tragedy is slightly complicated. It goes beyond dislocation and loss of home. It goes beyond the fear that struck the minorities, every night, that long dark winter.”
The cabinet has refused to endorse a provision in a proposed human rights plan that would have undermined the penal code, which criminalises homosexuality.
In a letter declining the job, Bhati said his removal on the grounds of physical disability had “caused hurt” and eroded his faith in the DDA’s policies.
The Supreme Court has missed a chance to bring the criminal defamation law within the frameworks required of a liberal, egalitarian state.
Telangana police detained journalist Sudipto Mondal, Radhika Vemula and several students who were a part of a memorial protest at the University of Hyderabad.
On Rohith Vemula’s death anniversary, a look at what 2016 was like for Dalit women activists who have been struggling against caste discrimination for years.
The gap between the very rich and poor is far greater than just a year ago, an Oxfam study has revealed.
Presenting its findings on the dawn of the Davos summit, Oxfam says the gap between the very rich and poor is far greater than just a year ago and unless tackled, public anger will continue to grow and lead to more seismic political changes.