Right to privacy: Judiciary needs to be consistent when deciding who deserves this fundamental right
Is the right to privacy the same for everyone or is it a varied right, depending on the specific characteristics of the class, community or individual?
SC verdict on triple talaq not the game changer Muslim women were looking for; it fails to alter gender dynamics
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court passed a landmark judgment on the practice of talaq-e-biddat or instant triple talaq, calling it “manifestly arbitrary” and against the basic tenets of Islam".
Accused in Pune gangrape case get bail: Govt, courts aren't doing enough for justice for transgenders
The government has waited far too long to provide procedural mechanisms for transgenders.
Article 35A debate in Jammu and Kashmir: Plea against special law is about women's rights not political future of Valley
Article 35A allegedly denies Kashmiri women and their descendants their property rights if they marry outside the state of Jammu and Kashmir
Delhi High Court has curtailed women's access to justice by terming rape laws as weapons of vendetta
Delhi HC's judgment gave a clear message - that the judiciary is not the repository of rights when it comes to violations like rape against women.
By creating the Family Welfare Committee, the Supreme Court has created one more layer between the victim and the justice system, and as a result, her access to justice is compromised.
10-year-old rape survivor's pregnancy: Abortion cannot hinge on archaic law that is incapable of dealing with issue
It's not just a question of following legal procedure about pregnancy and abortion. In this case, the petitioner is a child herself, and with every procedural stage, continues to endure grave mental and physical torture
Any guidelines on rehabilitation of mental patients need to be reviewed and strengthened to reflect a human rights-based approach without which its implementation would be incomplete and the issue of former mental health patients will continue to exist
Farmers' suicides: Supreme Court is right; state and central govts must galvanise efforts to address issue
The Supreme Court indicated recently that paying compensation or ex-gratia payments to the next of kin was not a preventive measure for farmers' suicides.
SC judgment on MTP Act accommodates mental, physical health of the mother, life of foetus after birth
The Supreme Court, earlier this week, presented a judgment which was win-win for both the petitioner as well as the judiciary — the petitioner made a case for termination of pregnancy beyond the permissible limit, and the judiciary accommodated the argument.
The Bombay High Court's recent judgment on a father's custody rights honours the 'best interests of the child' doctrine.
A deep gap exists in the understanding between the legal and medical spheres on how to protect the victims of sexual violence as recent reports have suggested that Delhi Police leaked sensitive medical information of a 2014 Uber rape survivor to the company
What India needs this Fathers’ Day is to find and follow its paternal instinct.
In May 2017, a Supreme Court Bench consisting of L Nageswara Rao and Navin Sinha confirmed the conviction of a woman for the murder of her husband. This conviction was based on the solitary testimony of her 12-year-old son, who witnessed the murder — he noticed that his mother was present while two assassins killed his father, and his mother asked him to leave the room on the word of one of the assassins.
A gradual breakdown of the public/private domain is evident in the fact that women are being welcomed into spheres that were previously dominated by men
Kerala High Court forcing adult married woman to live with her parents is regressive, violates constitutional rights
A Kerala High Court judgment forcing a married Muslim woman to live with her Hindu parents seems to state that a woman is a property in a man’s house, always 'allowed' and 'permitted' to do things, her identity invariably tied to her father, brother or husband
The Gujarat High Court in its latest judgment provided a caveat that in cases where sex work is voluntary Section 370 of the Indian Penal Code would not apply, thus opening the doors to make more sustainable changes in the legal arena for sex workers
By making a ruling that upholds the rights of women, irrespective of where she is, the Bombay High Court has indicated that it is open to adjudicating controversial cases around violence against women including marital rape
SC judgment denying HIV positive rape survivor right to terminate pregnancy overlooks her reproductive autonomy
This week, the Supreme Court declined to permit a Patna-based woman to legally terminate her pregnancy, citing danger to her life. The woman is 26 weeks pregnant, a rape survivor and HIV positive.
Bilkis Bano verdict steers away from taking responsibility about sexual violence committed in conflicts
The judgment looks at the rape of Bilkis Bano and the rape of thousands of women during the post-Godhra riots, as a misfortune of communal disharmony, and in this, it normalises the crime of rape as a result of uncontrolled sexual desire, when in reality, rape is about power and subjection.