Month: September 2012

Complainant in the dock

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...

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Novartis Hearing Update: Supreme Court commences final hearing

11 September 2012, New Delhi. The final hearing of the petition filed by Novartis AG, challenging the order of the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) rejecting its appeal relating to its patent application for the beta-crystalline form of imatinib mesylate, and related petitions commenced today before a bench of the...

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Karnataka HC restrains quacks from claiming cure for HIV; directs Govt. to remain vigilant

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...

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Sexual harassment of women at workplace bill 2012 passed by Lok Sabha

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...

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NACO submits Stavudine phase out plan in Supreme Court

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...

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Safer anti-HIV drugs to replace Stavudine

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...

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Pre-marital HIV testing is a shortcut to nowhere

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...

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