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UP’s Anti-Love Jihad law: Is it Constitutional? Ordinance contravenes freedom of liberty, autonomy, privacy and choice

The new Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance 2020, that received the Governor’s assent late November, has already led to two people being booked under it. After Uttar Pradesh, States like Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Karnataka, Assam are planning to come up with similar ‘anti-Love Jihad’ laws to criminalise religious conversions by marriage. An…

SC order on CCTVs in Police Stations: Firm stand against Custodial Torture Detailed directions on position of CCTVs, storage of recorded data, accessibility to the victim

The Supreme Court has passed a detailed and specific order directing states and the centre to take concrete steps towards ensuring that every police station in the country and all investigating agencies have CCTV cameras in their premises. The bench comprising Justices RF Nariman, KM Joseph and Aniruddha Bose have ordered setting up of state…

TN custodial death report establishes complicity of police, hospital staff and jail authorities Well executed inquiry without losing evidentiary value

The horrifying incident of the custodial death of a father and son due to torture in custody, is still fresh in people’s minds. In June, Jeyaraj (60) and Benicks (31) two shop owners in Sathankulam were taken in custody and were brutally assaulted by police personnel which eventually led to their death within 4 days.…

Is the Right to Protest in India a protected Fundamental Right? By using prohibitory tools on its people, the Government is limiting democratic practices and irrevocably diluting Article 19

The seeds of protest were sown deep during our independence struggle, making protest an important and indelible chapter in India’s history. Today, our country is witnessing an extraordinary wave of protests- by farmers, minorities, students, activists against the current regime. It must be unequivocally emphasised that the Constitution of India gives its citizens the right…

High Court striking down Central law: Impact on Jurisprudence Ramifications of recent SC direction in petition challenging Epidemic Act

The Supreme Court recently refused to entertain a plea challenging validity of a central law questioning why the petitioner had not approached the High Court where the cause of action had arisen. The petitioner was challenging the Epidemic Diseases Act and the bench of Justices DY Chandrachud, Indu Malhotra and Indira Banerjee were hearing  the petition. Justice Chandrachud…

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…

Understanding the right to default bail It is an extension of Article 21: Right to Life and Personal Liberty

The Supreme Court of India has held that there is a fundamental right granted to an accused person to be released on bail once the conditions of the first proviso to Section 167(2) of the Code of Criminal Procedure are fulfilled. Moreover, life and personal liberty of an individual must be paramount. The three-judge Bench…

Financial losses cannot be offset on the weary shoulders of the labourer: SC Court quashes anti-worker notification by Gujarat government

On October 1, 2020 a three-Judge Supreme Court Bench comprising Justices Indu Malhotra, DY Chandrachud and KM Joseph, quashed a Gujarat government notification exempting factories from paying overtime wages to workers and providing ideal working conditions to them amid the Covid-19 lockdown, on grounds of public emergency in Gujarat Mazdoor Sabha & Anr. v. State…

मरने के बाद भी दलितों की गरिमा पर ऐसी चोट क्यों? शव के साथ दुर्व्यवहार के मामले में कानून पूरी तरह पीड़ित के पक्ष में है

मृतक दलितों के साथ भेदभाव बढ़ने की खबरें लगातार आ रही हैं. आखिर उनकी गरिमा और अधिकार के लिए कानून में क्या प्रावधान हैं. सीजेपी ने कानून के इन प्रावधानों की पड़ताल की है. सीजेपी का सवाल है, क्या दलित लड़की के शव के साथ किए दुर्व्यवहार के दोषी पुलिसकर्मियों को सजा मिलेगी? हाथरस में…

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