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J & K’s PSA Law: How Draconian is Draconian? A law that holds persons in detention for months before trial!

On October 10, 2019, The Indian Express reported that the Jammu and Kashmir government informed the J & K High Court that it has revoked the detention orders in response to habeas corpus petitions filed by 3 persons detained under the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act (PSA). What is the PSA, its genesis and intent?…

Dissent Note: Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 How and why opposition MPs denounced the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016

Former Member of Parliament from the Raiganj parliamentary constituency, CPI (M) leader Mohammed Salim and CPI(M) polit bureau member lost the elections this time. But in January this year, he submitted a crucial dissenting note to the now lapsed Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 to the Joint Parliamentary Committee appointed. Given the key issues raised, and…

Understanding Article 370 A compilation

Article 370 was brought into the Constitution after the events of 1947, when a more popular section of the Kashmiri leadership, led by Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, negotiated Kashmir’s unique relationship with the Indian Union. The “special status” granted to the state through Article 370 allows the state to have its own Constitution – that is…

Controversial Anti-Trafficking Bill tabled in Parliament Critics say it could further harm vulnerable communities

On Wednesday, July 18, 2018, the first day of the Monsoon Session of Parliament, Maneka Gandhi, the Union Cabinet Minister for Women and Child Development (WCD), tabled a Bill aimed at curbing human trafficking in India. The Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2018 was first approved by the Union Cabinet in February…

Cow Protection

Cow Slaughter Prevention Laws in India How the Law not just protects Cow Vigilantes, but Sanctifies Lynchings

In an environment that is fast getting vitiated due to increasing incidents of cow vigilantism and violence in the name of cow protection, it is a good idea to know about Cow Protection Laws in each Indian states. The Law has created both, the legal and institutional backdrop, within which gau rakshaks and lynch mobs can operate with…

कठुआ के बकरवाल समुदाय के उत्थान हेतु वन अधिकार कानून आवश्यक : तालिब हुसैन विशेष संवाद में युवा वकील-कार्यकर्ता ने हमें बताए कमजोर खानाबदोश समुदाय को सशक्त बनाने के उपाय

क्या जम्मू के जंगलों से बकरवाल समुदाय को जानबूझकर अलग रखना अंतर्निहित कारकों में से एक हो सकता है, जो कठुआ में एक नन्ही बच्ची के क्रूर बलात्कार और हत्या का कारण बन गया? तेजतर्रार वकील और कार्यकर्ता तालिब हुसैन, जो बच्ची के लिए न्याय के संघर्ष में सबसे आगे हैं, वन्य अधिकार अधिनियम, 2006…

Land Acquisition Act Legislative Brief and Factsheet

Land Laws Under BJP Regimes In 2014 itself, months after assuming power, the Modi regime tried to test the political waters by bringing in a Land Acquisition Ordinance to  overturn a 2013 Law that had, itself re-visted colonial legislation that empowered the forest official and timber mafia to exploit forest dwellers and tribals. United Opposition…

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