By Sanjeev Sirohi* I have till now opposed death penalty except for terror cases. This was mainly due to what my best friend Sageer Khan said to me way back in 1993-94 that “defend a rapist or a dacoit or a robber or a murderer but never ever in life defend a terrorist... I say … Continue reading Will death sentence for rape be inflicted on those from rich and affluent background?
By Sanjeev Sirohi* The dastardly act of gang rape and cold blooded murder of 27 year old government veterinary doctor in Hyderabad has left the whole country shocking and seething, but as usual yet once again the common person is feeling totally helpless as our Government at the Centre does nothing to ensure that the … Continue reading Hyderabad gangrape: Crying shame that Centre, our lawmakers are sitting pretty
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?
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
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
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’
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