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The Out of School Children Case: A Model for Court-Facilitated Dialogue?

The Out of School Children Case: A Model for Court-Facilitated Dialogue?

An Indian citizen enjoys a constitutionally guaranteed right to free and compulsory primary education (Article 21A of the Constitution of India and the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory...
Law Commission of India Recommends Abolition of the Death Penalty: A Historic First Step

Law Commission of India Recommends Abolition of the Death Penalty: A Historic First Step

In what can be termed as a watershed moment in the fight against death penalty in India, the Law Commission in its 262nd report (‘2015 report’) has recommended the abolition...
The (Patel) Quest for Reservation

The (Patel) Quest for Reservation

In the Indian state of Gujarat, a ‘movement’ led by a young man named Hardik Patel is demanding that the Patel caste be entitled to an allocation of jobs in...
The Indian Supreme Court and the Missing Connection between Faith and Dress

The Indian Supreme Court and the Missing Connection between Faith and Dress

The Indian Supreme Court’s recent comments trivialising the importance of religious dress to faith have troubling implications. The Court has rejected a bid to quash guidelines prohibiting candidates from wearing...
Santhara: Jains’ Right to Exit with Dignity

Santhara: Jains’ Right to Exit with Dignity

The Jain religion of India has been embroiled in legal controversy surrounding the practice of Santhara or Sallekhana. The Jains, a religious minority in the country, believe in the immortality...
Tackling Moral Policing in Mumbai: A Human Rights Approach

Tackling Moral Policing in Mumbai: A Human Rights Approach

In the latest news on moral policing, earlier this month the Mumbai police conducted a round of raids across lodges, resorts and hotels in the holiday region of Madh Island...
Subramaniam Swamy v Union of India: Criminal Defamation and the Countours of Free Speech

Subramaniam Swamy v Union of India: Criminal Defamation and the Countours of Free Speech

The Supreme Court of India recently concluded its hearings in Subramaniam Swamy v Union of India, challenging the constitutional validity of criminal defamation - Sections 499 and 500 of the...
India, the Land of Ironies: A Constitutional Democracy’s Dance with the Death Penalty

India, the Land of Ironies: A Constitutional Democracy’s Dance with the Death Penalty

India is a country of ironies. Barely a fortnight ago, we had a consultation on the death penalty organised by the Law Commission of India where participants advocated for the...
The Pornography of Policing: The “Rape Bait”

The Pornography of Policing: The “Rape Bait”

In Bombay, two men posing as cops raped a 17-year-old girl and filmed the violence they perpetrated on the phone they stole from her. Her assailants subsequently threatened to release...
Single Mothers, Absent Fathers and the Best Interests of the Child: Drawing a Fine Balance in the ABC Case

Single Mothers, Absent Fathers and the Best Interests of the Child: Drawing a Fine Balance in the ABC Case

India is a country where religious rights of different communities are constitutionally protected. However adoption is legally permitted only for the Hindu community. Such adoptions are regulated by the Hindu...
Empathy, Craft and other Lessons to Learn from the US Same-Sex Marriage Decision

Empathy, Craft and other Lessons to Learn from the US Same-Sex Marriage Decision

Three narratives provide the human face to the text of Obergefell v. Hodges, the landmark US Supreme Court decision recognizing the right of same-sex couples to participate in the institution...
Piercing Face and Body by Hundreds of Iron Balls: Pellet Guns In Jammu and Kashmir Violating Human Rights

Piercing Face and Body by Hundreds of Iron Balls: Pellet Guns In Jammu and Kashmir Violating Human Rights

It has become a trend in law enforcement that for every problem, there is a single solution: the use of force. This trend extends to Jammu and Kashmir (India), where...

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