The Union Cabinet has approved the introduction of the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2012. Lawyers Collective welcomes certain changes proposed in the Bill like widening the definition of sexual assault to include non-penile penetration and inclusion of offences like acid attacks, for which people have been campaigning for decades. However, there are certain major concerns…

Findings of the Global Commission on Drug Policy – A Comment Tripti Tandon[1] In June 2011, the Global Commission on Drug Policy released its report on the state of international drug control and the urgent need for reform, adding momentum to the call to rethink drug prohibition. This article provides an analysis and offers ideas…

26 April 2012: A clause in the HIV and AIDS (Prevention and Control) Bill 2012 that HIV testing cannot be a precondition for employment has raised some practical roadblocks in the recruitment process of the paramilitary forces and police, and become a bone of contention between the Ministry of Home Affairs and the department of…

Based on a decade worth of studies and medical evidence, which conclude that Stavudine causes long term, cumulative, irreversible and often fatal toxicities, the Sankalp Rehabilitation Trust, through the Lawyers Collective, has sought its removal from the National ARV Programme, arguing that the continued use of the drug violates the right to health of people…

31 July 2012, Chennai, India. The final hearing of the appeal filed by Sankalp Rehabilitation Trust before the Intellectual Property Appellate Board, Chennai, challenging the decision of the Patent Controller rejecting its post-grant opposition, in which it had challenged the grant of a patent to F.Hoffmann-La Roche AG (Roche) covering pegylated interferon alfa-2a, commenced on…

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