It was in December 2013 that the Supreme Court in a controversial judgment set aside the earlier Delhi High Court verdict on Section 377 of IPC that criminalises sexual intercourse ‘against the order of nature’. While the order resulted in homosexuality being criminalised again, the court clearly said Parliament must debate the matter and clear…

THE HUMAN IMMUNODEFICIENCY VIRUS AND ACQUIRED IMMUNE DEFICIENCY SYNDROME (PREVENTION AND CONTROL) BILL, 2014 PASSED BY RAJYA SABHA ON 21ST MARCH 2017. 21st March 2017, New Delhi: Lawyers Collective is extremely concerned in the manner of the passing of the HIV/AIDS (Prevention and Control) Bill in Rajya Sabha today. The Bill failed to ensure free…

An 18-year-old girl’s legal battle puts the spotlight on the need to widen access to the new wonder drugfor multidrug-resistant tuberculosis An 18-year-old girl has taken the Indian government to court after being refused access to blockbuster tuberculosis drug bedaquiline (BDQ). The girl has extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis or XDR TB and her case is emblematic…

IN AN effort to keep track of foreign funds received by NGOs on a “real-time basis”, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has asked the Reserve Bank of India to instruct all banks to link designated foreign contribution accounts to the MHA’s online database through the Core Banking Solutions system and Public Financial Management System….

NEW DELHI: As World Hepatitis Day is being observed on July 28, 2016, the Lawyers Collective, in collaboration with Dr Samiran Panda from NICED-Kolkata, Dr Saubhik Ghosh from IPGMER-Chandigarh and SSKM Hospital- Kolkatta and Giten Khwairakpam from Treat Asia-Bangkok have launched an analysis paper on hepatitis C virus (HCV) testing and treatment  access in India…

In absence of a policy intervention for Hepatitis C, civil society and legal aid organisations have put together a policy brief, calling upon the government to take concerted action to address the right to health of people living with HCV (PLHCV). HCV is a transmissible disease — it spreads the same way as HIV —…

New Delhi, July 26: A panel of medics and lawyers has asked the Centre to initiate urgent screening of high-risk populations vulnerable to hepatitis-C virus infection and help provide patients access to anti-viral drugs that offer the chance of complete cure. The panel, in a paper released on Monday, has called on the government to…

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