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Maharashtra – How prisoners are being kept waiting for basics

From sippers and sweaters to mail and mulaqats, Himanshi Dhawan | Letters from wife? Rejected. Sipper for Parkinson’s patient? Court hearing awaited. Warm clothes to deal with the capital’s chilly temperatures? Allowed but after a long wait.Many a political prisoner in… Continue Reading →

Andhra human rights activist VS Krishna fighting for Adivasi rape survivors booked under UAPA

VS Krishna, a prominent human rights activist, has been fighting for 11 Adivasi women, who were allegedly raped by the elite anti-Naxal police force in Andhra Pradesh — the Greyhounds — at gun-point. After more than a decade since the… Continue Reading →

Hathras Rape and Murder -Women huddle over strategy to prevent sexual violence

Historian Uma Chakravarti said there was cause for hope, as more young women were getting together and organizing, and the state apparatus appears to be reacting in some panic when a case of sexual violence is reported. She was commenting… Continue Reading →

UAPA and the growing crisis of judicial credibility in India

An independent and effective judiciary is the last hope to provide a check on executive excesses. Protest against the arrest of Umar Khalid under UAPA over his alleged role in the Delhi riots — 18 September 2020, Kolkata. Photo: Samir… Continue Reading →

Punjab – Only one conviction under UAPA in 11 yrs

Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 17 Ever since Punjab began using the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) against Khalistani sympathisers, there has been only one conviction The convicts — Jasvir Singh Jassa Manki of Barnala and Harjant Singh DC of… Continue Reading →

Bhima Koregaon Case – ‘He’s Almost On Deathbed’: Bombay HC Orders To Shift Varavara Rao To Nanavati Hospital From Prison

Submit details of Varavara Rao’s medical check-up: Bombay HC to govt The plea has raised grievances that Varavara Rao is not being given proper medical attention in jail and seeks to shift him to Nanavati Hospital where he underwent treatment… Continue Reading →

Bhima Koregaon Case – Varavara Rao’s case fixed for physical court tomorrow

Technical glitches mar video hearing The Bombay High Court was on Tuesday forced to adjourn the hearing of a plea seeking the release of Dr. Varavara Rao on medical grounds, after technical glitches marred the hearing. A bench of Justices… Continue Reading →

Father Stan Swamy writes a Diwali Letter from Taloja Jail

The octogenarian activist, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, wrote with the help of his friend about his fellow inmates who help him out with his chores EXCERPTS from a letter written by Fr. Stan Swamy SJ, from the prison, with… Continue Reading →

Pleading ‘degrading and inhuman treatment’ of ailing Varavara Rao; petition seeking poet’s transfer to Nanavati hospital to be heard by Bombay HC today

The Bombay High Court will hear today at 3 pm the plea filed Pendyala Hemalatha, the wife of Dr Varavara Rao, alleging violation of the Right to Life, Dignity and Health of her husband on account of the ‘degrading’ and… Continue Reading →

Bhima Koregaon Case- Why An Aged Defender Of The Deprived Faces Terror Charges

After more than half a century of deploying constitutional rights to assist Adivasis, Dalits and undertrials, 83-year-old Jharkhand Jesuit activist and former director of the Indian Social Institute Stan Swamy is the NIA’s 16th, and oldest, arrest in the Bhima-Koregaon… Continue Reading →

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