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Shocking provisions of the Bihar Special Armed Police Bill Here's how the draconian legislation can be misused

The Bihar Special Armed Police Bill caused a rather unprecedented uproar amongst the opposition parties in the Bihar Assembly during and after the passage of the Bill. While the opposing legislators demonstrated their resistance towards the Bill for giving unbridled powers to a police force, the police responded in a rather brutal manner, dragging opposing…

Forest Land Claims filed in Chitrakoot: AIUFWP and CJP make history! Claims filed for eight villages, 10 more in the pipeline

Rights of Adivasis and forest-dwelling communities have always been a key focus area for both, Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) and our partner organisation All India Union of Forest Working People (AIUFWP). We have been supporting these communities, especially their women grassroots leaders, navigate the complex labyrinth of bureaucracy and stake legal claim to…

Personal Laws vis-à-vis Fundamental Rights, Part III of the Constitution Analysing State of Bombay v. Narasu Appa Mali, 1951

In India, personal laws deal with marriage and divorce, maintenance, guardianship and succession, joint family and partition etc. These are broadly be characterised as ‘family laws’. While India is a secular country otherwise; in the context of its personal laws, it is essentially pluralistic. Thus, while the Indian Constitution guarantees equality before the law, and…

New MSP for Kharif crops

Factsheet on farm realities Why the new farm laws are harmful

Here’s a ready reckoner of ground realities when it comes to agriculture in India, as compiled by Prof Achin Vanaik for the Radical Socialist (RS) Group.   Agricultural Land and Landowners In 2015-16, by land size (all-India breakdown) marginal (less than 1 hectare) small (1-2 ha) semi-medium (2-4 ha)     {All-India average is 1.08 ha} medium…

Assam DSLAs woefully understaffed, staff under-trained to handle FT cases Findings of CJP’s survey of DSLA in 10 Assam districts

A survey by CJP’s Assam Team of personnel, infrastructure and other facilities at District Legal Services Authority (DSLA) offices in 10 Assam districts has revealed just how ill-equipped they are at present, and they could get completely overwhelmed when lakhs of people who had been excluded by the final National Register of Citizens (NRC) was…

Ramifications of Bom HC judgement on ‘media trials’ Court warns news channels against abusing Right to Freedom of Speech

A Bombay High Court bench headed by Chief Justice Dipankar Dutta delivered a rather lengthy judgment analysing media trials and whether the media over stepping and obstructing investigation in criminal cases amounted to criminal contempt of court. While the court refrained from issuing any notice of contempt of court for obstructing administration of justice, it…

A prison without bars or walls Are Open Prisons the correctional and reformatory facilities India needs?

The concept of the open prison is based on the premise that freedom and socialisation are the best reformers. Out of a total of 63 such facilities across India, 29 are located in Rajasthan.   People do make mistakes and I think they should be punished. But they should be forgiven and given the opportunity…

Where do we stand on free legal aid? On National Legal Services Day we examine what legal aid entails and who benefits from it

Providing access to justice for all and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels is one of India’s Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 as adopted during the United Nations General Assembly of 2015. A robust legal aid system is something that will contribute towards achieving this goal and will at the same time fulfil…

SC entrusts Witness Protection of Hathras victim’s family to CRPF This was one of the key pleas in CJP's intervention application

On October 27, 2020 a Supreme Court bench comprising Chief Justice of India S.A. Bobde and Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian directed that Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel provide witness protection to the family of the victim in the Hathras gangrape and murder case. CJP had filed an intervention application in the…

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