Centre bats for new comprehensive law on human trafficking

The Centre on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that instead of amending certain provisions in existing statutes, there was a need for a “comprehensive legislation” to tackle all aspects of human trafficking. The ministry of women and child development, which along with National Legal Services Authority, was hailed by the court for their efforts to […]

Road mishap victim gets nearly Rs 21 lakh

A 30-year-old man, who had received serious injuries in a road accident involving a rashly driven truck, has been awarded nearly Rs 21 lakh compensation by a Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) here. The tribunal directed Iffco Tokio General Insurance Company Ltd, with which the offending truck was insured, to pay Rs 20,87,925 to the […]

Inter-caste marriage : SC orders to protect newly-wed

The Supreme Court today asked the Haryana police to provide security to a newly-wed couple against whom a ‘khap panchayat’ in Faridabad has issued diktat for having an inter-caste marriage. A vacation bench of justices Prafulla C Pant and Amitava Roy also asked Haryana Police and its Delhi counterpart to file response within four weeks […]

Maharashtra: Narcotic drug mephedrone alias `meow-meow’ banned

Maharashtra government on Thursday told the Bombay High Court that the Centre had accepted its recommendation to include mephedrone in the list of prohibited drugs under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.Mephedrone, a narcotic drug which is also called M-Cat or `meow meow’ in the party circuit, is banned in 53 countries. Now its […]

Merit alone can be ground of admission in medical PG courses: SC

Merit alone can be the basis of admission in Medical PG courses among candidates of a given category, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday. The court also set aside section 5(4) of the Kerala Medical Officers’ Admission to Postgraduate Courses under Service Quota Act, 2008 which provided that senior candidates, serving the state government, will […]

Love Jihad: HC asks UP govt and EC to file response

The Allahabad High Court today gave 10 days time to the UP government and the Election Commission to file a response on a PIL seeking direction to restrain the use of word ‘Love Jihad’ and action against BJP MP Yogi Adityanath.The order was passed by a bench of justices Imtiyaz Murtaza and Ashwani Kumar Singh here on the PIL […]

Party promising to work for children will get votes: Badhte Kadam NGO

Around 2,000 youngsters, associated with an NGO working for child rights, on Tuesday vowed to vote for a political party which promises to work for the welfare of homeless children. The first-time voters, all former street children, have written an open letter to all the political parties in Delhi ahead of the December 4 assembly […]

Battered housemaids: Growing trend, violated rights

Barkha (name changed) was just 12 when she came to Delhi from West Bengal to work as a domestic help, her only option to escape the life of grinding poverty back home. She started working as a maid at the home of a doctor in West Delhi, and hoped her life would change for the […]

TN on plea for fishermen’s protection

Supreme Court Friday issued notice to the centre and Tamil Nadu on a petition seeking protection to fishermen from being captured by the Sri Lankan Navy. “Not only they captured the fishermen, but also damaged their boats” and it takes months before they are released, said the Apex Court bench of Chief Justice P. Sathasivam […]

Countries should cooperate on child rights: Tirath

Women and Child Development Minister Krishna Tirath said Wednesday. The minister was inaugurating the second high-level meeting here on south-south cooperation for child rights in Asia and the Pacific. “The improvement in the collection and use of data on disparities for making effective policies, developing practical measures for child-friendly disaster risk reduction, and strengthening child […]