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Indian High Court’s Recognition of a Person’s Right to Live as Transgender – A Bitter-Sweet Pill

Indian High Court’s Recognition of a Person’s Right to Live as Transgender – A Bitter-Sweet Pill

In a recent judgement by the Kerala High Court, the court refused to issue a writ of habeas corpus and dismissed a mother’s plea to compel her daughter, referred to...
India’s Reaction to the 1st UN Report on Kashmir is Unwarranted

India’s Reaction to the 1st UN Report on Kashmir is Unwarranted

On June 14, 2018, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, in recognition of the urgent need to address the flagrant violation of human rights and to...
Let’s Talk About Kashmir: The Symbolic Significance Of The UN Report On Kashmir

Let’s Talk About Kashmir: The Symbolic Significance Of The UN Report On Kashmir

On 14th June, 2018, The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights published a 49 page report, the first one ever, documenting the situation of human rights in both...
Internet Shutdowns: The Irony of a Digital Nation?

Internet Shutdowns: The Irony of a Digital Nation?

Between January to May (2018) alone, the Indian government imposed 55 internet shutdowns. An internet shutdown disrupts all electronic communications and services within a geographical location. Often, neither the reason...
New Legislation Promoting the Right to Health in Karnataka, India

New Legislation Promoting the Right to Health in Karnataka, India

After a long standoff between private doctors and the Government of Karnataka, India, The Karnataka Medical Establishment (Amendment) Bill, 2017 was passed to amend The Karnataka Medical Establishment Act, 2007...
The Sexist Intestacy Laws Governing Hindu Women In India: Grounds for a successful constitutional challenge?

The Sexist Intestacy Laws Governing Hindu Women In India: Grounds for a successful constitutional challenge?

The vast Hindu population of India of 95 million is subject to sexist and unconstitutional inheritance norms under the Hindu Succession Act of 1956. Several of its provisions are vulnerable...
The Indian Supreme Court Takes a Stand Against Honour Crimes

The Indian Supreme Court Takes a Stand Against Honour Crimes

Despite India’s liberal and secular commitments, honour killing has remained a social reality. A report by the National Crime Records Bureau records at least 288 cases of such violence in...
A Difficult Time for Women’s Autonomy in the Indian Courts

A Difficult Time for Women’s Autonomy in the Indian Courts

The Kerala High Court judgment annulling the marriage of Hadiya, a 24-year-old homeopathy student from Kerala with a Muslim man, Shafin Jahan, and the Supreme Court of India instigating a...
Indian Supreme Court Waters Down Legislation Protecting Scheduled Castes and Tribes from Unlawful Discrimination

Indian Supreme Court Waters Down Legislation Protecting Scheduled Castes and Tribes from Unlawful Discrimination

On 20 March, a Two-Judge bench of the Indian Supreme Court diluted the provisions of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 (Act) citing the ‘rampant...
Understanding the Indian Supreme Court Judgment on The Atrocities Act, Against Backward Classes

Understanding the Indian Supreme Court Judgment on The Atrocities Act, Against Backward Classes

The Supreme Court of India recently rendered a historic judgment relating to the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 (Act). The Court in the case of...
The Union Government of India Introduces the Death Penalty for Child Rape

The Union Government of India Introduces the Death Penalty for Child Rape

When news broke out two weeks ago of the horrors committed in the brutal rape of two girls in the small towns of Kathua and Unnao, all legislative consideration of...
Ms X v Mahmood Farooqi: A Dangerous Precedent for Interpreting Consent in Rape Cases in India

Ms X v Mahmood Farooqi: A Dangerous Precedent for Interpreting Consent in Rape Cases in India

In a recent case before the Indian Supreme Court, Ms X v Mahmood Farooqi, the court refused to overturn a Delhi High Court decision which set a dangerous precedent that...

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