THE NEWS IN PROPORTION
30 July 2014
TAPAS PAL CONTROVERSY
Spewing venom, leaders remain above hate speech laws

The abhorrent remarks by actor-turned-Trinamool MP Tapas Pal, stating that he would get the women among his opponents raped, have left many outraged but drawn mild reactions from his party and no legal action at all. Shoma Chatterji exposes the milieu where leaders like Pal enjoy complete impunity.

Government Society Women

MANUAL SCAVENGING
There’s always one to clear your mess!
Despite the enactment of a law prohibiting the casteist and deplorable practice of manual scavenging, many continue to labour in the profession in the face of neglect, deprivation and indignity. Pushpa Achanta draws attention to the injustice meted out to manual scavengers and other sanitary workers.
Sanitation Caste Society Human Rights

EXPLAINER
Removal of Governors: What does the law say?
With the Modi government strongly pushing for the removal of UPA-appointed governors, the issue is once again in the limelight. Anviti Chaturvedi throws light on what the Constitution and Supreme Court laws say on the matter.
Government

SURROGACY LAWS
What surrogate parenting entails in India
While India satisfies all conditions for emerging as an attractive surrogacy hub, confusion over legal requirements and conditions reigns supreme as the Assisted Reproductive Technologies (Regulation) Bill hangs in limbo. Vinita A Shetty has more on why formal legislation is critical to the growth of the practice.
Health Laws and Governance 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.
Justice Society

CONFLICT BETWEEN STATES
Mullaperiyar: Is the light in the tunnel itself?
With the SC striking down the Kerala Irrigation and Water Conservation Act, concerns over the Mullaperiyar Dam could create tension anew between Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Could a new study contain a potential solution to the issue? P N Venugopal explores.
Water TAMILNADU KERALA States

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 Justice

RUN-UP TO LS 2014
How well do you know your MPs, Kolkata?
As we approach the parliamentary elections, India Together presents a quick familiarisation with members of the Lok Sabha in certain key urban constituencies. In the first of the series, Amrita Mukherjee introduces you to the sitting MPs from Kolkata and its neighbourhood.
Elections Government

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 Justice

RIGHT TO INFORMATION
CIC: Delaying complaints against delays!
Anger and frustration is on the rise over inordinate delays by the Central Information Commission in responding to or inquiring into complaints from RTI appellants. Revathi Siva Kumar looks at what ails the institution.
Right To Info

VIDEO: DAKSH ANNUAL LECTURE
Pragmatism over principles is the norm today: Usha Ramanathan
What does state sovereignty really stand for? Does it downplay the role and status of the individual by making him a 'subject' of the state? Watch Usha Ramanathan, as she deconstructs the complex entity of the state in the Daksh Constitutional Day Lecture.
Government Human Rights

PARLIAMENT PRIMER
What has your MP done for you?
As elections draw nearer, it is more important than ever to understand the way the Lok Sabha functions and what our Members of Parliament are expected to do. Only then can we assess their performance and who may be the best choice, writes R Balasubramaniam.
Elections Government R Balasubramaniam

CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY
New body should have better pay, more autonomy
Poor compensation could be the key reason behind the DGCA’s inability to attract and retain technical personnel, says the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture. PRS Legislative Research summarises the Committee’s report which advocates better pay and more independence for the proposed new authority.
Transport Government
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