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#India – Silence of Government on ‘Honour’ Killing Law is Killing #Vaw

Kamayani Bali Mahabal aka Kractivist   Pic courtesy — http://50watts.com/I-Am-a-Bird-of-the-Heavenly-Garden The naked brutality of honour crimes against women is in contravention of the spirit of the ’United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)’ which… Continue Reading →

Manual Scavenging – Deaths in the drains

S. ANAND The HinduTHE WORLD BENEATH: At least two to three workers must be dying every day inside manholes across India. Picture shows a worker entering a manhole in Chennai. Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam What is the point of laws,… Continue Reading →

SC – Court has become a haven for rich people

India TV news desk [ Updated 01 Apr 2014, 11:00:56 ]    New Delhi: A Supreme Court judge expressed grave concern and blasted the trend of rich and influential seeking and getting early hearing of their petitions while the poor wait endlessly…. Continue Reading →

How Nilekani compromised us on #Aadhaar: Now, even UIDAI worries about misuse

By R Jagannathan The 600 million Aadhaar number recipients have little legal protection now if the data falls into the wrong hands. AFP When you put the cart before the horse, you are unlikely to achieve much movement. When your… Continue Reading →

Law on Manual Scavenging- Humanity Denied #Dalitrights

 Balakrishnan Rajagopal | Opinion/Columns, Indian Express, March 12, 2014 The 2013 law on manual scavenging does not go far enough. No city worth its name wants to be seen as a den of injustice and exploitation. Cities compete to show… Continue Reading →

#India – The Street Vendors Bill Opportunities and Challenges

EPW Vol – XLIX No. 10, March 08, 2014 | Nita Mathur Commentary The Street Vendors Bill, awaiting the presidential assent, may hinder an otherwise informal and fl exible business model. Reducing the level of regulation and rigid bureaucracy could… Continue Reading →

Fair or unfair, Burma’s census will drive violence and discrimination

By Francis Wade Feb 17, 2014 4:14PM UTC Next month the Burmese government will begin the country’s first nationwide census since the early 1980s. As preparation for the start date on 30 March gets underway, several groups have highlighted their concerns about… Continue Reading →

Press Release – CHRI and PRW concerned at the regressive Maharashtra Police [Amendment ] Ordinance 2014

Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative and Police Reforms Watch Press Statement   Mumbai The Maharashtra (Police) Amendment Ordinance came into effect on February 3, 2014. Police Reforms Watch and the Commonwealth Human Rights regret that despite a delay of 8 years since… Continue Reading →

New Afghan Law Disastrous for Women #Vaw

A proposed law would roll back gains made to protect Afghan women, photographer Lynsey Addario warns. Bibi Aisha was 19 when I met her in Kabul’s Women for Afghan Women shelter. Her husband, a Taliban fighter, beat her from the… Continue Reading →

India’s courts caught in pornophobia

Cleansing Internet browsers of smut would wipe out fundamental liberties By Saurav Datta / 7 February, 2014 (Image: Shutterstock)   Lord Chief Justice Campbell, while introducing The Obscene Publications Act 1857, described pornography as “poison more deadly than prussic acid,… Continue Reading →

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