Are lawyers hooligans? How can they be fired upon as if they are criminals and terrorists?

By Sanjeev Sirohi* In the aftermath of the most unfortunate ugly violence that broke loose at Tis Hazari court on November 2 between lawyers and police which left many injured, the Delhi High Court without wasting any time on November 3 very rightly constituted a judicial committee to conduct an enquiry within six weeks into … Continue reading Are lawyers hooligans? How can they be fired upon as if they are criminals and terrorists?

What message are we sending to the world? Strictest punishment for mob lynching is need of hour

By Sanjeev Sirohi*     It has to be said right at the outset that mob lynching cannot be justified on any pretext and under any circumstances come what may! There has to be zero tolerance for it but right now we see that the perpetrators of the crime are either escaping with just no punishment or … Continue reading What message are we sending to the world? Strictest punishment for mob lynching is need of hour

RTI Amendment Bill would result in forceful adoption of SICs by Central government

By Venkatesh Nayak* The Bill to amend The Right to Information Act, 2005 (RTI Act) which the Lok Sabha approved (218 voting in favour and 79 opposing it) this Monday (22 July, 2019) is slated for introduction and passing in the Rajya Sabha today (Click here and  select 24/07/2019 for accessing the List of Business of the House). Despite the very vocal demand … Continue reading RTI Amendment Bill would result in forceful adoption of SICs by Central government

Hope apex court takes drastic concrete steps in at least reducing killings on the ground of ‘encounter’

By Sheshu Babu* In a country with poor human rights record and rampant violations of fundamental right to life of citizens, Supreme Court (SC) rulings appear to be a glimmer of hope, indeed a positive step towards accountability. This is seen from the apex court's recent insistence that policemen, who are part of encounters that … Continue reading Hope apex court takes drastic concrete steps in at least reducing killings on the ground of ‘encounter’

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