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 … More 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 … More 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 … 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