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Assam govt to provide free legal aid to needy people excluded from final NRC Hindu Business Line

The final list of the NRC will be published on Aug 31 (File photo)  –  RITU RAJ KONWAR RELATED NRC in Assam is India’s internal matter, says MEA S Jaishankar Assam, NRC, and the economics of migration Centre will deport illegal immigrants, says Amit Shah Centre committed to complete NRC within stipulated time: Rajnath Singh…

When the court is merely a silent spectator The Telegraph

On test is how insulated our institutions of justice are from the pervasive mob psyche. n the eve of India’s 73rd Independence Day, a strange verdict blotted India’s jurisprudential landscape. Rejecting the weak links in the process of collection of evidence during investigations — which included a video that was not forensically tested by the…

Gujarat High Court quashes FIRs against Teesta Setalvad over Twitter post DNA

In the FIRs, Teesta was charged with offences under the IT Act and IPC sections 153(a) for promoting enmity between two religious groups and section 295(a) for outraging religious feelings Teesta Setalvad File photo of social activist Teesta Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand In a major relief to social activist Teesta Setalvad, the Gujarat High…

Gujarat High Court quashes two FIRs against Teesta Setalvad Indian Express

Two FIRs were lodged in August 2014 against Setalvad, one at Ghatlodia police station in Ahmedabad by Vishwa Hindu Parishad activist Raju Patel, and another by one Kirit Mistry at C Division police station in Bhavnagar. Activist Teesta Setalvad. (File) The Gujarat High Court on Wednesday quashed two FIRs lodged nearly five years ago against…

Guj HC quashes FIRs against Teesta Setalvad over Twitter post Devdiscourse

The Gujarat High Court on Wednesday quashed two FIRs filed against activist Teesta Setalvad for allegedly hurting religious sentiments by tweeting a photoshopped picture. Justice A S Supehia quashed the FIRs filed against Setalvad in Ahmedabadand Bhavnagar. Setalvad is known for championing the cause of the victims of the 2002 Gujarat riots. The FIRs were filed after she tweeted a photoshopped picture of IS terrorists with slain American journalist James Foley with…

Gujarat HC quashes two FIRs against Teesta Setalvad Ahmedabad Mirror

In a relief for human rights activist Teesta Setalvad, the Gujarat High Court on Wednesday quashed two FIRs registered against her allegedly for uploading objectionable tweets showing Hindu deities in a bad light. The FIR was registered at Ghatlodia police station and C Division police station in Bhavnagar in August 2014. “We cited previous judgments…

Guj HC quashes FIRs against Teesta Setalvad over Twitter post Outlook India

Ahmedabad, Aug 7 The Gujarat High Court on Wednesday quashed two FIRs filed against activist Teesta Setalvad for allegedly hurting religious sentiments by tweeting a photoshopped picture. Justice A S Supehia quashed the FIRs filed against Setalvad in Ahmedabad and Bhavnagar. Setalvad is known for championing the cause of the victims of the 2002 Gujarat…

HC quashes two FIRs against Teesta Setalvad Deccan Herald

In a relief to Mumbai-based activist Teesta Setalvad, the Gujarat high court on Wednesday quashed the two FIRs registered against her in 2014 for hurting religious sentiments by tweeting “objectionable” illustration of Hindu gods and goddesses. Although she deleted those posts and tendered an apology, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad members lodged the FIRs against her…

How a Government and Bureaucracy Betrayed Its People The Quint

No section of Assam’s population has been left unaffected by the overpowering, state-created tragedy of the NRC, writes Teesta Setalvad in The Telegraph. She points out that NRC was intended to be ‘free and fair’ and ensure to take in as many citizens under its umbrella. However, perversions and manipulations have dogged the entire process, so…

Women adivasis to SC: Repression continues against those seeking rights under FRA Indian Express

Sokalo Gond was among those campaigning for reclaiming adivasis’ rights to forest land even before the legislation in 2006. Contending that the FRA for the very first time vested tribal women equal and independent rights over forests and forest land while revenue and all other land laws vest this right on women only after marriage,…

Sonbhadra women, others seek to participate in Supreme Court FRA hearing Down To Earth

Two women from Scheduled Tribe communities from conflict-ridden Sonbhadra district in Uttar Pradesh filed an application for intervention (IA) in the ongoing forest land rights case in the Supreme Court on July 22, 2019. About 15 IAs have been filed in this case. Sokalo Gond and Nivada Rana demanded that they be given ownership rights over their lands…

Actor expresses solidarity with kin of mob lynching victims The Free Press Journal

Their demand was backed by actor Naseeruddin Shah and noted activists like Subhashini Ali, Teesta Setalvad, etc. Mumbai: The family members of several ‘ill-fated’ persons from Haryana’s Junaid Khan to Maharashtra’s Mohsin Sheikh and several other victims of hate crimes, on Sunday, came together seeking a stringent law to criminalise lynching and other such crimes.…

Need for stringent law against mob violence, lynching: Experts Indian Express

On Sunday, she took centre stage at a conclave to discuss hate-based crime. The woman, now 50, said, “Those accused have not been punished. Poor women are looted and raped. Police do not help us. After so many years, the government has not helped us.” Naseeruddin Shah at the conclave. (Express photo) In 2015, she…

‘Battling for India – A Citizen’s Reader’ review: Saving the idea of India The Hindu

A bevy of fighters is pitting themselves dauntlessly against a coercive and polarising Hindu right Once in a while a book comes along that makes one rethink the boundaries defining the world of publishing. Battling for India is a book of that genre-bending kind. It is not the usual research-led monograph; nor is it a mass market…

UP’s Sonbhadra killing of 10 tribals highlights ‘failure’ to implement Forest Rights Act Counterview

On July 17, as many as 10 people, including three women, were killed and 28 injured when a village head and his supporters opened fire on a group of tribal farmers in Ubha village of Sonbhadra district in Uttar Pradesh. While the firing took place following a clash between over a land ownership dispute, it reportedly highlights failure of…

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