A colonial era law to keep freedom fighters in check, now used in free India to silence dissenters

On 14th of January, Delhi police filed a chargesheet against former Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar and Umar Khalid, among others, in a sedition case lodged in 2016. The two student leaders and social activists have been charged for allegedly using ‘anti-India’ language during an event held on the anniversary of the … More A colonial era law to keep freedom fighters in check, now used in free India to silence dissenters

Penal provisions in Triple Talaq Bill will make Muslim women more vulnerable to violence

Civil rights organization Bebaak Collective has prepared a statement on the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018, placed in Parliament. It appeals to MPs to withdraw it and significantly re-draft it in the interest of Muslim women. Excerpts: The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017, was passed by the Lok … More Penal provisions in Triple Talaq Bill will make Muslim women more vulnerable to violence

VS Hospital, Ahmedabad: Plan to reduce to ashes benevolent and philanthropic work of donors

A notice has been issued in Special Civil Application (CSA) No 10158 of 2018 by the High Court of Gujarat on December 19 concerning SCA challenging the judgment and order passed by the Charity Commissioner, Ahmedabad, in the matter of Vadilal Sarabhai General Hospital and Chinai Prasuti Gruh and the trusts governing them. Brief facts … More VS Hospital, Ahmedabad: Plan to reduce to ashes benevolent and philanthropic work of donors

Criterion for identifying SCs was untouchability, not social backwardness: It is continuing to this day

Letter to Thaawar Chand Gehlot, Union Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment, by PS Krishnan, IAS (Retd), Former Secretary to Government of India, Ministry of Welfare, on the need for Constitutional amendments necessary post-Supreme Court judgment dated September 26, 2018 on Reservation in promotion for SCs and STs: The judgment of 26. 09. 2018 by a … More Criterion for identifying SCs was untouchability, not social backwardness: It is continuing to this day

If convicted lynchers can get bail, why don’t under trials? Need for a change in India’s criminal law

By Sania Mariam* One of the famous political philosophers, Montesquieu, in his 18th century book “The Spirit of the Laws” wrote, “There is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of the law and in the name of justice.” The quote holds true especially in the context of 21st century India. … More If convicted lynchers can get bail, why don’t under trials? Need for a change in India’s criminal law

Human rights activists on trial: Court would do great service to democracy by restraining abuse of power

Pushkar Raj* The supreme court has extended the house arrest of five human rights activists who were arrested last week. However, when the case comes before it on 12th September, it would be a enormous service to nation if it could reflect on the larger picture of the country in which human rights activists are … More Human rights activists on trial: Court would do great service to democracy by restraining abuse of power

Reported from some states, charging GST on fees payable under India’s RTI Act is blatantly illegal

By Venkatesh Nayak* Ever since the Central Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017 (GST Act) was brought into force in India, some public authorities have been creating pointless controversies by demanding GST on fees payable under The Right to Information Act, 2005 (RTI Act). RTI applicants in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra have reported such illegal demands from public authorities. According to media reports, GST demands … More Reported from some states, charging GST on fees payable under India’s RTI Act is blatantly illegal