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    New POCSO Rules

    The Union government has recently notified new POCSO rules. This makes the law for sexual offences against children far more stringent. The...

    New POCSO Rules

    The Union government has recently notified new POCSO rules. This makes the law for sexual offences against children far more stringent. The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Rules, 2020, has come into force since March 9. The new rules allowed implementation of amendments to the 2012 law. With this, it would be mandatory to conduct police verification of staff in schools and care homes. The rules also laid down procedure to report child...

    Delhi Police And Its Failure

    The recent Delhi riots have once again showed the fault lines in our society. The violence that broke out in the Northeast part of the capital city has raised a big question mark on competence of our law enforcement agencies to deal with such a conflagration. Now as the city has limped back to normalcy, it is time to look back. The three-day violence has claimed lives of over 53 people and left hundreds of others injured. Public and private properties worth hundreds of crores were also reduced to ashes. The role of the Delhi police, particularly its abject failure to control and contain the violence at the initial stage, has...

    NGOs See Silver Lining In SC Judgment

    The SC held that a voluntary organisation using legitimate means of dissent in support of a public cause cannot be prohibited to receive foreign

    Law For Lawyers

    In a significant judgement, the Supreme Court on February 28 declared that lawyers cannot claim a fundamental right to go on strike and abstain from courts on one pretext or another. Their frequent strikes in all parts of the country not only affects the rights of the litigants to get speedy justice, it also impedes the administration of justice. Lawyers are officers of the courts and enjoy special status in the society. Since the freedom struggle, they have contributed hugely to the development of the country. Their decision to boycott courts cripples functioning of the courts and contributes majorly to the ever-mounting pendency of cases. It may be argued that strike is a peaceful...

    Charting New Routes

    The Northeast India accounts for 34 per cent of the country’s water resources and 40 per cent of India’s hydropower potential. However, the waterways are underutilised in this part of the country. The inland waterways should be explored and utilised to strengthen the region’s connectivity and accessibility to the Southeast Asian countries. With the BJP-led government pitching for ‘Act East Policy’, the Brahmaputra and Barak rivers should be used to get access to the traditional domestic market of eastern India, along with countries such as Bangladesh and other ASEAN countries. The Northeast India is an unexplored territory for most investors and opening up of cost-effective waterways can help in boosting...

    Justice Muralidhar’s Transfer

    A routine transfer of a Delhi High Court judge has snowballed into a major controversy. Just hours before Justice S Muralidhar has chastised the Delhi police for not filing FIRs against the BJP leaders for inflammatory speeches. The Union Law Ministry on February 26th, 2020 night issued a notification transferring him to the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Main opposition Congress party and others including the Bar leaders questioned the move. It is relevant to point out here Justice Muralidhar's name was recommended for transfer by the Supreme Court Collegium on February 12th, 2020. Since High Court's Chief Justice D N Patel was on leave on February 26th,...

    Bridging The Gap

    The 21st century is the era of information and speed. People have a rare time to spare. People want to accomplish everything within a very short time

    Public Roads Not For Protest

    The Supreme Court has appointed two senior advocates Sanjay Hegde and Sudha Ramachandran as interlocutors to resolve a deadlock created at Shaheen Bagh in Delhi. Hundreds of women and children have been sitting over there since December 15th, 2019, resulting into the closure of a main arterial road connecting Delhi to Noida. The protesters opposed to CAA-NPP-NRC are being persuaded to shift their venue. Because their sit-in has caused hardships to thousands of people travelling daily through the road. Howsoever genuine may be the grievance of a citizen, he or she cannot create hurdle in the exercise of fundamental rights of other people. It is important to remember that over a...

    Fair Deal

    The Supreme Court has shattered another glass ceiling by opening the command position in the Indian Army for women officers. It has rightly held that denying women Army officers an opportunity to be in the permanent commission on the ground of social norms and physiological features was disturbing and premised on stereotypes. Though the women in the Army have worked shoulder-to-shoulder to their male counterparts and brought laurels to the force. Yet, they were deprived of permanent commission, despite their readiness to render their service. It has taken more than a decade for the women officers to get their long-pending due. The Union government has already made a policy decision on...