Discriminatory attitudes of rule of law reveal core cleavages of caste, class, gender, community

Excerpts from the chapter “People’s Perception of Discrimination by the Police” from the report “Status of Policing in India Report 2018: A Study of Performance and Perceptions” (click HERE to download), a collaborative effort by Common Cause and the Lokniti- Programme for Comparative Democracy at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS): As an … More Discriminatory attitudes of rule of law reveal core cleavages of caste, class, gender, community

Police shooting in Tamil Nadu reminds one of the ghastly Jalianwala Bagh massacre

By Ravi Kiran Jain and Dr V Suresh* The People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) strongly condemns the coldblooded and targeted killing by Tamil Nadu police of over 13 persons on Tuesday, 22nd May, 2018 in Tuticorin (aka Thoothukudi) in South Tamil Nadu. Many of those killed were part of a continuing unarmed, democratic protest by thousands of … More Police shooting in Tamil Nadu reminds one of the ghastly Jalianwala Bagh massacre

Govt violating constitutional provisions of PESA, MGNREGA and Jharkhand Panchayati Raj Act

By Taramani and James* Jharkhand government has decided to form Adivasi Vikas Samitis in all scheduled villages and Gram Vikas Samitis in non-scheduled ones. Schemes such as ponds, wells and so on upto Rs. five lakhs will be implemented through these committees. The traditional heads in PESA villages and Gram Panchayat Mukhiyas will be special … More Govt violating constitutional provisions of PESA, MGNREGA and Jharkhand Panchayati Raj Act

Judges with a ‘vision’: Entry of visually handicapped into judicial system must be welcomed

By Sheshu Babu* There are few visually impaired persons working in prestigious offices. The appointment of blind or visually impaired to courts is rare. One such recent example is the  31 – year old Brahmananda Sharma who lost his vision when he was 22 (“Rajasthan – Meet the first visually impaired judge #disability #Goodnews”, May16, … More Judges with a ‘vision’: Entry of visually handicapped into judicial system must be welcomed

Simultaneous elections: Possible to avoid premature dissolution of Lok Sabha, state assemblies

“Simultaneous Elections – Constitutional and Legal Perspectives” A summary to the draft working paper of the Law Commission of India, prepared last month: The need to have simultaneous elections to Lok Sabha and State Legislative Assemblies is under discussion for quite some time now. Simultaneous elections were held in the country during the first two … More Simultaneous elections: Possible to avoid premature dissolution of Lok Sabha, state assemblies

Govt of India must enact Municipalities Extension to Scheduled Areas bill, pending for two decades

By Dr Palla Trinadha Rao There is no clue where the Municipalities Extension to Scheduled Area (MESA) Bill drafted as far back as 2001 is lying in the Parliament Houses. The Union Government has the constitutional responsibility to guide the State Governments on tribal affairs. But there is a deadly silence over the governance law … More Govt of India must enact Municipalities Extension to Scheduled Areas bill, pending for two decades

Child rape ordinance: India should work towards abolishing death penalty which is inherently cruel

Human Rights Watch statement on the Criminal Law Amendment Ordinance, 2018: The Indian parliament should not adopt into law an ordinance which introduces capital punishment for those convicted of raping a girl under 12 years of age, Human Rights Watch said today. India should instead work towards abolishing the death penalty which is inherently cruel … More Child rape ordinance: India should work towards abolishing death penalty which is inherently cruel