Memon was sentenced to death in 2007 after being convicted of providing financial and logistical support for the 1993 Mumbai bombings The execution of the 1993 Mumbai bombings convict Yakub Memon last week has caused a great deal of debate in India. Questions have been raised over whether the execution was carried out in accordance…

हम आज एक ऐसे भारत में रहते हैं जो हमारे संविधान निर्माताओं के ख़्वाबों से काफ़ी अलग है. संविधान निर्माताओं की परिकल्पना थी कि नागरिकों (सिटिज़ेन) और नागरिक अधिकार नहीं रखने वालों (नॉन-सिटिज़न) समेत सभी लोगों के पास ये मौलिक अधिकार होगा कि क़ानूनी प्रक्रिया का पालन किए बिना उनके जीने का अधिकार उनसे नहीं…

22nd July, 2015:  In what comes a huge victory to patient groups around the world, the Indian Patent office in Chennai, revoked the grant of a patent on Roche’s Valganciclovir. Valganciclovir is an important drug for the treatment of active cytomegalovirus retinitis (CMV) infection which, if left untreated, can lead to blindness in persons living…

INDIRA JAISING Almost thirty  years after the disaster in Bhopal in December 2-3, 1984, the numberless, unidentified and ever increasing victims of the tragedy have not been forgotten by the nation, though forgotten by the legal system. Although the world’s most spectacular law suit has vanished without a trace, leaving no legal legacy which could…

October 26 marks the first anniversary of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act. The law was conceived as a civil law as distinct from the existing criminal law: Section 498A IPC. It was often said that criminal law had no space for settlement of disputes and could give no relief beyond a conviction….

When asked, what objection do you have to Section 498-A being made compoundable, my first reaction was, public memory is so short. Few remember the how and the why of section 498A and its origins. Even fewer can make the connections between Section 498A and staying alive and fewer still can make the connection between…

In a much delayed move, the state government will next month set the ball rolling for the appointment of protection officers in all 358 talukas of the state to deal with cases registered under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005. On Thursday, the finance department sanctioned Rs 12.69 crore until March this…

INTRODUCTION The Indian Constitution, adopted in 1950, at a time when fundamental rights were formally being guaranteed all over the world to meet the demands of a post-Holocaust era was truly a child of the post Second World War period. Naturally, like other sister documents, it was necessarily influenced by the United Nations Declaration of…

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