Category: Updates

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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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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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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Constitutional Challenge to Sodomy Law in India

Section 377, Indian Penal Code, 1860 (hereinafter ‘IPC’) was enacted by the British colonial regime to criminalise ‘carnal intercourse against the order of nature’. It was rooted in the Judeo-Christian religious morality that abhorred non-procreative sex. Section 377, IPC reads as: “377. Unnatural offences.—Whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the...

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Oxfam-India to Initiate a Pan-India study on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Oxfam India works to strengthen Workplace Sexual Harassment Bill In India, it is estimated that someone is sexually harassed every hour. Legal protections against workplace sexual harassment in India have historically been weak, but the Landmark “Vishakha Judgement” (passed 14 years ago) recommended drafting a law concerning Sexual Harassment in...

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NDPS (Amendment) Bill, 2011

On 8th September, 2011, the Government introduced the NDPS (Amendment) Bill, 2011 in the Lok Sabha. The Bill was referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance on 13th September, 2011 for further consideration. The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1985 is the central law on control, regulation...

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