Articles by Deya Bhattacharya
Jul 05, 2018
Prolonged sexual relations as good as marriage? Supreme Court's patriarchal attitude invalidates concept of consent and matrimonyThe overall attitude of the Supreme Court is problematic in this matter simply because the bench is examining the nature of relationships, i.e., scrutinising whether live-in relationships and marriages can be deemed similar in nature.
Jun 30, 2018
Amendment to Maternity Benefits Act is a case of good intentions backfiring, ends up disincentivising hiring of womenThe Amendment to the Maternity Benefits Act disincentivises companies from hiring more women, leading to a reduction in the labour force participation of women.
Jun 15, 2018
Kerala HC verdict on transgender identity begs question: Why has State failed to formulate NALSA judgment into law?We may celebrate the Kerala HC judgment on transgender identity, by saying that it is a victory for the LGBTQI community. But in reality, it is not.
Jun 04, 2018
Kerala HC shows progressive bent in allowing live-in relationships but protectionist approach infantilises womenKerala High Court held that its power to issue writs of habeas corpus cannot be utilised to separate live-in couples, as long as they have attained the age of majority.
May 24, 2018
Centre's draft policy for domestic workers lacks teeth, fails to chart employee-employer relationshipAt this point, it is imperative to look at domestic workers as a sector that cuts through several issues like caste and class divides and discrimination.
Apr 15, 2018
Kathua and Unnao cases: Linking sexual crimes with identity politics obstructs reforms in rape lawsIt is only when there is outrage primarily about the rape, and not about how brutal it was or how it would pit one community against another — for example, the Kathua rape case — that real radical reform will follow
Apr 04, 2018
Indian courts must deliver lucid judgment to remove differentiation between marital rape and rape itselfTranslating marital rape from a mere concept to an offence will increase reporting as well as make for a rights-based approach to marriage itself
Mar 18, 2018
SC order extending Aadhaar deadline allays concerns of the elite but fails to protect the most vulnerableIt is imperative that public policy professionals and policymakers examine Aadhaar from an access-to-resources perspective, and not just from a data protection one.
Mar 13, 2018
Kerala 'love jihad' case: Hadiya's 'victory' no cause for celebration, it sets terrible precedents for women's rights adjudicationHadiya's 'hard-won victory' should not call for celebration as it is not something that the Judiciary aspires to do – the bare minimum for women's rights.
Mar 09, 2018
PIL in SC opposing polygamy, nikah halala is good starting point; discriminatory practices in all religions must be questionedAshwini Upadhyay has filed a PIL praying that practices of polygamy and nikah halala should be declared unconstitutional. The petition is a good starting point.