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25 April 2014
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RESURRECTING JUSTICE
How can our lower courts work better?

PRS Legislative Research summarises the key highlights of a report from the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice titled Infrastructure Development and Strengthening of Subordinate Courts.

Law and Order Laws

MUZAFFARNAGAR AFTERMATH
Mass marriages to prevent abuse: 550 and counting!
Much has been written on the inhuman atrocities inflicted on women during the 2013 riots in Muzaffarnagar and the deplorable conditions in the relief camps. Saumya Uma draws attention beyond these to how the violence has robbed women of their basic rights and voices in myriad ways.
U.P. Gender Violence Women

NON-NATIVE UNDERTRIALS
Left to languish in a foreign country
The deficiencies in the prison system, especially from a human rights perspective, are many and grave, but the plight of non-native inmates calls for special focus, writes Ruchika Nigam.
Laws Human Rights Women

RTI & OTHER LAWS
Can a post box save the Indian whistle blower?
A recent court ruling allows RTI applicants to seek information without divulging their address, by simply citing a post box number. While this may partially stem the spate of attacks on activists, a lot more is needed to effectively shield whistle blowers, finds Navya P K .
Law and Order RTI Law and Policy Right To Info

GENDER JUSTICE
Rape laws have changed, but what about the judiciary?
Laws addressing sexual violence may have changed in India, but with judicial response mired in scepticism and age-old attitudes towards rape survivors, there is little hope for justice. In conversation with Pamela Philipose, noted lawyer Vrinda Grover exposes the contradictions in the legal system.
Gender Violence Gender Law and Policy Women

CHILD ABUSE
When legal redress isn't enough to protect children
Hospital-based Collaborative Child Response Units can go a long way in providing immediate medical attention, minimising secondary trauma, and ensuring that children abused sexually get adequate social support. Vinita A Shetty looks at why these CCRUs are so critical for minor victims.
Children KARNATAKA Human Rights

A SURVIVOR'S ORDEAL
Punished for being the victim
Suzette Jordan was labelled a prostitute and an anti-government conspirator when she alleged rape in a moving car on the streets of Kolkata. Her frank conversation with Vinita A Shetty reveals why the atrocity of abuse is not the only thing that shatters the life of a rape victim.
Interviews Gender Violence

RAPE SURVIVORS
The trauma never ends!
Incidents of sexual violence against women arouse transient societal awakening and state rhetoric, but beyond that there is little active effort. As schemes for rehabilitation rot in cold storage, Vinita A Shetty throws light on all that can be done to make life easier for survivors.
Gender Violence Women

GENDER VIOLENCE
Why the death penalty stands for nothing
The pressure of ill-informed popular sentiment coupled with a retributive judicial system may lead to an award of capital punishment for rapists, as it has in the Delhi 2012 case, but that does very little to address the much larger problem of VAW in all its dimensions. Ammu Joseph explains.
Ammu Joseph Gender Violence Women

GENDER VIOLENCE
Why the death penalty stands for nothing
The pressure of ill-informed popular sentiment coupled with a retributive judicial system may lead to an award of capital punishment for rapists, as it has in the Delhi 2012 case, but that does very little to address the much larger problem of VAW in all its dimensions. Ammu Joseph explains.
Ammu Joseph Gender Violence Women

ENDOSULFAN VICTIMS
A committee to exonerate industry?
The recommendations of the committee constituted to look into the claims of endosulfan victims in Kasargod and decide on the need to set up a tribunal to settle those, appear to be largely sympathetic towards the Plantation Corporation and endosulfan manufacturers. P N Venugopal reports.
Environmental Hazards Health Laws and Governance Environment KERALA

WAR ON TERROR
Can we have the truth, please?
Circumstances surrounding the death of alleged terrorist Khalid Mujahid in UP underline how sloppy investigations and a bias for emotion instead of facts have dented the credibility of the fight against terror. Puja Awasthi fears that such half truths will only feed the evil of terrorism further.
Peace U.P. Human Rights

SOCIAL EQUITY
When growth is another word for violence
The single-track hawkish focus on reforms-driven growth with utter disregard for the environment, equity and indigenous livelihoods is not only futile, but almost an assault by a few against the majority at the grassroots, writes Ashish Kothari.
Environment Opinions Poverty
 

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