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Cow Protection

Meat politics vs. jurisprudence in India Who decides what goes on your plate?

The choice of what food we eat or do not eat, is both dictated by cultural choice and economics. Regimes, especially authoritarian ones impose restrictions on this choice. Here we explore who decides what people eat in which Indian state, and how meat is politicised to impose “upper” caste culture upon the “lower” castes. Also,…

Anup Surendranath Teesta

Indian Prison Condition and Monitoring Teesta Setalvad in conversation with Anup Surendranath

In this explorative interview, CJP secretary Teesta Setalvad speaks to Assistant Professor of National Law University Delhi & executive director of Project 39A, Anup Surendranath, about the current prison conditions in India and Prison reform. They go on to talk about the challenges faced within the prison system post COVID 19, police brutality within the…

Jailed Father Stan Swamy dies ahead of his bail hearing His health started deteriorating soon after his incarceration

Father Stan Swamy, the 84-year-old Tribal activist who had been battling for his life since May and put on ventilator support at the Holy Family Hospital, Bombay, breathed his last around 1.14 P.M on July 5. Before starting to hear his plea for medical bail at around 2:30 P.M, Father Stan’s lawyer, Senior Advocate Mihir…

Has torture in police custody become routine? From 2005 to 2018, not a single police person has been convicted

Allegedly thrashed by the cops at Virajpet Police Station, 50-year-old mentally challenged Roy D’ Souza succumbed to his injuries on June 12 in Karnataka. According to some media sources, Roy, who was also epileptic, was found roaming the streets with a knife in his hand and attacked a constable before being taken into custody. Roy was beaten…

New amendment to Gujarat’s education law violating minority rights? The law has been challenged before the HC

On March 31, the Gujarat State Assembly passed the Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (Amendment) Bill, 2021 making the appointment of teaching faculty and principal of minority educational institutions a centralised process. State government records suggest that there are 397 secondary and higher secondary schools run by religious and linguistic minority organisations in Gujarat. Further…

Rights when Arrested

Know Your Rights on being Arrested A video explainer on your rights when you have been arrested by the Police

What happens when you are arrested? Is it absolutely necessary for the Police to arrest you? What happens after the arrest? What are the procedures that are not followed? What is your rights on Arrest. Watch CJP’s new video to understand your rights when you have been arrested by the Police. To read or watch…

Creative understanding of UAPA grants freedom from jail for activists: Delhi HC Orders in Natasha Narwal, Devangana Kalita and Asif Iqbal Tanha’s case come as a whiff of fresh air

Over the past few years, Indian civil society has been badly hit by use of laws such as Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), sedition, FCRA, NSA, AFSPA* and various other similar laws. UAPA is possibly the most extreme due to its stigmatising effect and the Himalayan problem of getting bail, used wantonly in a large…

House Arrest: A window of opportunity A factsheet on is history, relevance and use, especially when it comes to political prisoners

House arrest which is also known as home detention, refers to home confinement or electronic monitoring. It is one of the official methods to restrain the movement of an individual by confining the movement of the person to the residence.     Related: Sign CJP’s petition to release political prisoners A prison without bars or…

What are the Rights against being handcuffed in India? Iron fetters and handcuffs violate human rights

For a lay person the visual of a person getting arrested or being escorted to court, includes him being restrained by handcuffs. That is how arrests were and are portrayed in movies and pop culture for decades. However, the use of handcuffs, while once a common practice, has now been restricted by directives of the…

Factsheet on the Rights of the Dead in India A closer look in wake of Covid related complications in conducting funerals

CJP re-visits the sensitive subject of the rights of the deceased in our country, given how people are struggling to provide dignified cremations or burials to their loved ones amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.     *Feature image by Vijat Pandey for SabrangIndia Related: Rights of the Dead: Do they have any in India Uttar Pradesh:…

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