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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…

Warning bells Frontline

The criminal charges filed against the leading human rights organisation Lawyers Collective smack of political intimidation of those who speak truth to power. During the first term of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, individuals and organisations that called out the Sangh Parivar’s divisive agenda of communal polarisation or opposed the government’s high-handedness on policy matters were targeted…

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