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Love, Lies, and the Law: The Quandary of Criminalising False Promise to Marry in India

Love, Lies, and the Law: The Quandary of Criminalising False Promise to Marry in India

Indian law is notorious for censuring sexuality outside of marriage, especially for women. A pertinent example is the criminalisation of a ‘false promise to marry’ (FPM) as rape, which recent...
Intersectional Invisibility: Indian Women Manual Scavengers

Intersectional Invisibility: Indian Women Manual Scavengers

Manual scavenging, which involves the picking up of human excreta by hand, is one of the most prevalent forms of caste discrimination in India. Along with caste, another system that...
Marginalized Twice Over: The Struggle of Dalit Christians in India

Marginalized Twice Over: The Struggle of Dalit Christians in India

The extension of certain benefits (known as ‘Scheduled Caste benefits’) to Dalit Christians is a contentious topic in India which has gained renewed attention. ‘Dalit’ refers to a group of...
The Indian Supreme Court on Affirmative Action for the Upper Caste Poor – Part II

The Indian Supreme Court on Affirmative Action for the Upper Caste Poor – Part II

Image Description: A small signage which says ‘Reserved’. In this post, I continue to engage with the Indian Supreme Court’s decision in Janhit Abhiyan v Union of India. For an...
The Indian Supreme Court on Affirmative Action for the Upper Caste Poor – Part I

The Indian Supreme Court on Affirmative Action for the Upper Caste Poor – Part I

Image Description: A small signage which says ‘Reserved’ In Janhit Abhiyan v Union of India, a five-judge bench of the Indian Supreme Court was asked to decide on the validity...
Addressing ‘Honour Killings’ in India: The Need for New Legislation

Addressing ‘Honour Killings’ in India: The Need for New Legislation

Image description: The Parliament of India. The issue of ‘honour killings’ has again come to the forefront of mainstream public discourse in India following widespread outrage at the May 4th...
To Eat or Not to Eat: Analysing the Constitutionality of the Meat Bans in Gujarat

To Eat or Not to Eat: Analysing the Constitutionality of the Meat Bans in Gujarat

Image description: A person holding an egg against the background of a stack of eggs. Recently, the Municipal Corporation of Ahmedabad (India) banned street vendors from selling meat, fish and...
The Colonial and Casteist Undertones of Policing in Madhya Pradesh, India

The Colonial and Casteist Undertones of Policing in Madhya Pradesh, India

The Criminal Justice and Police Accountability Project studied two sets of data to examine the criminal justice system through excise policing under the Madhya Pradesh Excise Act, 1915 (‘the Act’)....
Right to a Better World: Maternal Mortality and Morbidity

Right to a Better World: Maternal Mortality and Morbidity

In this episode of Right to a Better World, experts share challenges they have faced, and tactics they have used to help ensure every woman’s and adolescent’s right to not...
Arbitrary & Disproportionate Criminalisation of Marginalised Communities: A Countermap of Pandemic Policing in India

Arbitrary & Disproportionate Criminalisation of Marginalised Communities: A Countermap of Pandemic Policing in India

The Criminal Justice and Police Accountability Project studied 34,000 arrest records and 500 First Information Reports filed in Madhya Pradesh, India to understand the patterns of pandemic policing and locate...
Suing for Caste Discrimination in the US under the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Suing for Caste Discrimination in the US under the Civil Rights Act of 1964

On 30 June 2020, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (‘CDFEH’) filed a suit against Cisco before a United States District Court on grounds, inter alia, of engaging...

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