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THE POLITICS OF JUSTICE
Is the army court’s verdict on the Machhil killings enough?

The recent award of life sentences to the army personnel involved in the 2010 Macchil killings in J&K sends out a positive message, but there are deeper layers in the justice system that need introspection and overhaul in the pursuit of reconciliation. Firdaus Ahmed explains.

Firdaus Ahmed OP-ED

RELIGION & JUSTICE
Muslim women fight patriarchal Sharia laws
Several women’s groups are now fighting the age-old gender bias perpetuated by Sharia law and finding ways to help Muslim women who have suffered due to its patriarchal dispensations. Pushpa Achanta reports on some of these, including one which proposes a codification of such law, reinterpreted.
Gender Laws and Policy Society Women

CAMPUS VIOLENCE
A trend highlighted in the Jadavpur University moment
An alleged incident of molestation within campus premises at one of Calcutta’s most prestigious universities and the events following it have led to one of the largest student mobilisations that the state has witnessed in recent times. But does the entire episode also signify a continuation of a disturbing trend? Shoma A Chatterji reports.
Gender Violence Society Human Rights

STATE SECURITY COMMISSIONS
Why a depoliticised police force is a distant dream
With only 14 functional State Security Commissions in the country, and those too with flawed compositions and diluted roles, the efforts towards minimising government interference in police functioning have naturally been lax. Navya PK cites critical findings of a CHRI Report that shows the present sad state of our SSCs.
Law and Order Government Laws

BANGALORE BLASTS CASE
In conversation with an alleged terrorist
Abdul Nasser Madani, a key accused in the 2008 Bangalore serial blasts, waits in vain for his trial to be speeded up after countless adjourned sessions of court. PN Venugopal recounts the circumstances of the case and talks to Madani himself to discover how rules become exceptions in such cases.
Law and Order Interviews Human Rights

CONSTITUTION 121st AMENDMENT
How the latest changes to our Constitution will impact the judiciary
A quick summary of the recently passed Constitution (121st Amendment) Bill 2014 from PRS Legislative Research outlines the broad changes that it will bring about in the judicial structure of the country.
Laws

THE RAPE EPIDEMIC
In search of the missing link
Indifference, impatience, aggression and denial have been among the common responses to rape as a multi-layered problem. In the concluding part of her article, Ammu Joseph draws attention to all that fosters a culture of violence against women in our society and why it is unamenable to hasty remedies.
Ammu Joseph Gender Violence Society Women

PREVENTING RAPE
Are we just blind persons feeling an elephant?
Every case of sexual violence that becomes a cause celebre gives rise to earnest calls for action which often yield some results. But limited, quick-fix solutions that do not address the underlying causes of this deep-rooted problem have clearly not worked, writes Ammu Joseph in the first of a two-part article examining the many layers of the issue.
Ammu Joseph Gender Violence Gender Laws and Policy Society Women

SECTION 66A
Facebook arrests: Could you be next in line?
The increasing application of the loosely framed Section 66A of the IT Act and consequent police action raises a critical concern. Tanvi Bhatikar finds that its frequent clubbing with laws related to other cognizable offences poses a grave threat to the freedom of all citizens.
Laws Society

HC VERDICT ON TSUNDUR
Killing the dead all over again
The recent verdict of the Andhra High Court acquitting all the accused in the horrific killing of eight Dalits in 1991 may be based on legal technicalities, but is an instance of justice denied, argues Venugopalrao Nellutla.
Caste ANDHRA Human Rights

POLITICAL HATE SPEECH
Penalties rare for Togadias and Masoods, but mileage aplenty
The fierce political campaigns around the 2014 general elections have seen rampant communal rhetoric and instances of hate speech by followers of all camps. Tanvi Bhatikar digs deeper into hate speech law and judicial proceedings in India with a comparison to UK and Europe.
Elections Law and Order Laws

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
 

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