13 September 2012, New Delhi. Mr Subramaniam, senior counsel appearing for Novartis, continued his arguments today. Placing on record the Doha Declaration on TRIPS Agreement and Public Health, Mr Subramaniam said that it is important to bear in mind the purpose of the TRIPS Agreement. He said that the purpose of the TRIPS Agreement is…

By : Indira Jaising The sexual harassment law was passed, but lack of debate has left flaws The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Bill, 2012, was passed by the Lok Sabha earlier this week. In the din over coal allocations, this was done without any discussion. It is a shame…

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In 2006, the Lawyers Collective, through the Karnataka Network for People living with HIV (KNP+), filed a public interest litigation in the High Court of Karnataka,  Karnataka Network for People living with HIV/AIDS (KNP+) v. Balachandra K Pagali Nayak and Others (WP No.8852/2006(GM)RES), seeking restraining orders against four individuals, Balachandra K Pagali Nayak, Ramanand Rao…

The Bill on the Sexual Harassment at the Workplace [The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Bill, 2012] got passed by the Lok Sabha on 3rd September, as news sources put it, ‘amidst the protests over Coalgate’.  India did not have any legislation to deal with sexual harassment at the workplace…

Sankalp Rehabilitation Trust v. UOI, W.P. (C) 512 of 1999 & Sahara House v. UOI, W.P. (C ) 535 of 1998 On 3rd September 2012, NACO filed the phase out plan for Stavudine in the Supreme Court. After deliberation between the Petitioner – Sankalp Rehabilitation Trust, Lawyers Collective and networks of positive people, a consensus…

Concerned over the ill effects of Stavudine d4T, a first-line drug against HIV for long, the Centre plans to replace it with safer and better-tolerated Tenofovir and Zidovudine. Stavudine has been linked to high toxicity, adverse effects on cholesterol metabolism, painful neuropathy, pancreatitis, sunken cheeks and buffalo humps. In a joint affidavit filed in the…

The Maharashtra government’s proposal is aimed at shielding women but it could end up adding to their vulnerability. Anand Grover & Mihir Samson Director & Advocacy Officer, Lawyers Collective. THE MAHARASHTRA government is considering a proposal to make HIV test mandatory before marriage. The proposal is seemingly an attempt to protect women from contracting HIV…

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