India has highest number of slaves: Index

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India has the dubious distinction of having the highest number of people living in conditions of slavery — estimated at nearly 14 million, according to an index ranking 162 countries. The Global Slavery Index 2013 was compiled by Australian-based rights organisation Walk Free Foundation on the basis of debt bondage, forced marriage and sale or… Read more »

‘States need to do more on human rights’

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A lot needs to be done by the central and state actors for realising the dream of independent and impartial human rights panels across the country, National Human Rights Commission member Cyriac Joseph said Saturday. Addressing a function here to mark the 21st foundation day of the NHRC, he said there was no doubt that… Read more »

HC notice to R R Patil in woman officer assault case

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Taking ‘suo motu’ cognisance of a media report of assault on a woman official in Gadchiroli district on the International Women’s Day, the Bombay high court today issued notices to Maharashtra government and state Home Minister R R Patil. A division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice Anoop Mohta also issued notices to the Director… Read more »

SC seeks explanation from Punjab, Bihar on police brutality

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Taking strong exception to recent incidents of police beating protesting contractual teachers in Bihar and a girl in Tarn Taran in Punjab, the Supreme Court sought explanation from the two states on the conduct of police personnel. Taking suo motu cognisance of media reports, a bench of justices G S Singhvi and Ranjana Prakash Desai… Read more »

Irom Sharmila put on trial for attempting suicide

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Paving the way for her trial, a city court charged Irom Sharmila Chanu, on fast for over 12 years demanding repeal of the controversial Armed forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), for allegedly attempting suicide by undertaking a fast unto death for two days in 2006. If convicted, Chanu, out on bail in the case, will face a… Read more »

NAC for dedicated courts to try offences under SC/ST Act

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Here in National Advisory Council (NAC), Sonia Gandhi  recommended setting up of dedicated courts to try offences under the SC/ST Act on fast track basis besides defining ‘wilful negligence’ by public servants The council also suggested that preventing Dalits and tribals from entering places of worship, imposing social boycott on them should be made punishable offences. At… Read more »

Plea agnst Shinde: Cops say HM has already regretted

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Here in Delhi, Delhi police told to a court that Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde did not make the “Hindu terror” remark with any malicious intention and has already expressed regret for it. Police made the submission in its status report filed in the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Viplav Dabas, who is hearing a plea… Read more »

We are against honour killing, dress code for women: Khap to SC

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Khap panchayats, which have come under judicial scrutiny for their diktats, have submitted to the Supreme Court that they do not pass any order for honour killing and are against any ban for use of mobile phones and wearing of jeans by women. In an affidavit filed in the apex court, Sarvjatiya Sarv Khap Panchayat… Read more »

Women activists urge president not to sign sexual crime ordinance

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Women groups on Saturday urged President Pranab Mukherjee not to sign the ordinance of Criminal Law amendments passed by the Cabinet. Human rights lawyer Vrinda Grover said, “The ordinance is complete betrayal of the people’s faith.” She also questioned as to why the ordinance remained silent on Armed s Special Powers Act. “Justice Verma Committee… Read more »

Supreme Court critical of Ashis Nandy’s remarks but stays his arrest

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The Supreme Court came to the rescue of noted sociologist Ashis Nandy by staying his possible arrest over alleged “casteist” remark at the Jaipur Literature festival. The court, however, came down heavily on him for making “unacceptable” statement, saying that an “idea” must be expressed with responsibility. A three-judge bench presided over by Chief Justice… Read more »