Attitude to arrest first and then investigate is despicable

By Sanjeev Sirohi* It is a matter of great concern and dismay that the power of police to arrest which is conferred to police under Section 41 of CrPC is being openly misused time and again and this urgently necessitates putting in some safeguards so that the arbitrary exercise of power to arrest without warrant … Continue reading Attitude to arrest first and then investigate is despicable

Erroneous interpretation of law by NHRC resulting in countless applications being dismissed

By Aditya Gujarathi* The National Human Rights Commission is supposed to be the guardian of human rights in the country. While various experts have already lamented how the NHRC is a toothless body, it still has various powers in holding State authorities accountable. As the topmost Human Rights Body in the country, its staff is … Continue reading Erroneous interpretation of law by NHRC resulting in countless applications being dismissed

How criminal justice system responded to murder of 13 RTI activists of Maharashtra

At least 16 RTI activists have been killed in Maharashtra since 2010. Their fault -- they used RTI to unearth corruption, misuse of public funds and exposed horsetrading of elected representatives among other things. How did the criminal justice system respond to this phenomenon? Veteran journalists, Vinita Deshmukh and Prasanna Kumar Keskar investigated the lives … Continue reading How criminal justice system responded to murder of 13 RTI activists of Maharashtra

There is need for separate law for regulation of prostitution in India

By Antra Bhaskar* Dark lipstick, loud makeup, bold clothes, curvaceous body, standing near a shady area waiting for a client, all these things come to our mind when we think of sex workers in India. However, we fail to realize that majority of sex worker India is clandestine due to unfavorable legal environment and discrimination … Continue reading There is need for separate law for regulation of prostitution in India

Criminalize marital rape in India: Marriage is not a license to rape

By Anirudh Pratap Singh* “When a stranger does it, he doesn't know me, I don't know him. He's not doing it to me as a person, personally. With your husband, it becomes personal. You say, this man knows me. He knows my feelings. He knows me intimately and then to do this to me – … Continue reading Criminalize marital rape in India: Marriage is not a license to rape

Domestic violence in India: Has anything changed?

By Shrey Banka* While the entire nation went into a lockdown on March 25, 2020 in a fight against the novel coronavirus, not many could have foreseen that the lockdown would lead to a “shadow pandemic”. As per a recent report by India’s National Commission for Women (NCW), 587 domestic violence complaints had been lodged … Continue reading Domestic violence in India: Has anything changed?