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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 →

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 →

State Must be Circumspect in Invoking Sedition Laws, Says Punjab & Haryana HC

The court cautioned the State against indiscriminate use of sedition and hate speech law On October 30, 2020 the Punjab and Haryana High Court granted bail to a person booked for “sedition and inciting communal hatred” stating that, “In a… Continue Reading →

The NIA and Father Stan Swamy: Hunting down a Samaritan

FATHER STAN SWAMY ARREST The NIA and Father Stan Swamy: Hunting down a Samaritan ANUPAMA KATAKAM In a more tolerant time, Father Stan Swamy would have been commended for the work he does. A nation that should be proud of his… Continue Reading →

Bhima Koregaon Case – Sudha Bharadwaj to spend birthday behind bars, third year in a row! #FreeBK16

POSTED ON NOVEMBER 1, 2020 While no birthday in jail can ever be ‘happy’, here’s how you honour the human rights defender on her special day Trade Unionist and lawyer Sudha Bharadwaj was among the five activists and human rights… Continue Reading →

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