The Bihar government issued a notification last year saying the Lohar community would be issued ST certificates. But the Supreme Court later rejected the modification of SC/ST lists.
The court order arbitrarily deprives students as a class the fundamental right to hold peaceful forms of protest.
Pollution caused nine million deaths globally in 2015 – three times more than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined.
The T.K. Viswanathan committee’s recommendations could prove to be dangerous for free speech if acted upon without resolving its flaws.
Although the recent judgement criminalises the rape of minor wife, until all marital rape is criminalised, there will remain a disparity in Indian law.
The matter was referred to the larger bench by a three-judge bench headed by the chief justice, which has framed questions for the constitution bench to discuss.
The chief justice said the court and government cannot be oblivious to the plight of Rohingya women and children, added that petitioners can approach the court in case of ‘contingency’.
The judgment criminalising sex with a minor wife coincides with the International Girl Child Day, paving a new and historic path towards freedom and dignity for millions of married girls.
With the establishment of a permanent committee to look after the appointment of ‘senior advocates’, the court has continued its process of increasing administrative transparency.
The court made it clear, however, that it was not dealing with the issue of marital rape as a whole.
Like every crisis, the one at Elphinstone Road will also be used to delegitimise our public institutions and processes, and attack the very conception of public goods.
On September 12, the apex court had temporarily lifted its earlier order and permitted sale of firecrackers.
The Kerala police is competent enough to conduct the investigation, the state government’s affidavit says, and would have sent a report to the Centre if any scheduled offences were discovered.
By making its proceedings public, the collegium has finally realised that it did not need to wait for the Centre to act in order to kick off a reform process.
The apex court raised several questions including how evidence could be collected now to order further investigation into the case which had led to the conviction and execution of Nathuram Godse and Narayan Apte in November 1949.
The government should take into account the “dynamic progress” made in modern science to adopt painless methods of carrying out the death sentence, the chief justice-headed bench said.
Zakia’s petition sought that Narendra Modi and 61 others be named as accused for being part of a conspiracy that facilitated the Gujarat riots.
Electoral bonds, as proposed in Union Budget and passed by parliament, would only add to opaqueness in funding, claims a Delhi-based NGO.
The World Bank’s estimate that Aadhaar has the potential to save $11 billion in subsidies every year has repeatedly been used by the Cente to justify the programme. But does this figure hold up under close scrutiny?
Is the Aadhaar system as a method of unique identification better than what we had before? Will it curb corruption and fraud even if India’s bureaucratic and administrative apparatus doesn’t play ball?
The K.R. Rao committee has only recently taken on board the views of civil society stakeholders, raising questions as to whether illegal mining and environmental issues will be properly addressed.
A recent and troubling editorial by The Economic Times shows how Jaypee’s defence against angry homebuyer looking for justice is often bought hook, line and sinker.
The Medical Council of India as well as the college in question had objected to the admission.
The apex court has also asked states to submit compliance reports based on its previous order on appointing district nodal officers to curb cow-related mob violence.
The court has set aside an NGT order on the matter saying the tribunal doesn’t have jurisdiction, but made it clear that future legal challenges are welcome.
Eleven years after order, none of the states have conformed to the guidelines, says a Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative report.
The Centre said convicted MPs or MLAs need not be automatically disqualified from parliament or state legislatures since they can appeal convictions.
A Rajya Sabha committee led by Sushma Swaraj in 1997 first recommended that these refugees from Bangladesh be granted Indian citizenship.
The Centre’s affidavit also says that the matter of deportation is best left to the central government’s discretion.
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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.
The highest number of parliamentary secretaries is in BJP-ruled Arunachal Pradesh, followed by Nagaland where the party is in alliance with Naga People’s Front.
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The wait was required to guard against a “hurried decision” if there is otherwise a possibility of reconciliation.
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.
Denying consent to one section of married women, either adult or minor, is problematic and would suffer from arbitrariness.
To evaluate the role data plays, we need to understand if data in its modern avatar is more akin to being pey – a vampire-like evil spirit – or bhutham – a friendly ghost.
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.
The apex court was hearing a PIL filed by Tushar Gandhi, great-grandson of Mahatma Gandhi.
If the apex court considers the consent of the minor married girl to be a prerequisite for her husband to have sexual intercourse with her, it will become difficult to deny married women above 18 the same right to sexual autonomy and bodily integrity.