articles by Neerad Pandharipande

India

Non-registration of sexual offences is widespread, unfair media reporting compounds problem: Ex-UP DGP Sutapa Sanyal

The benchmark for police efficiency should be truly delinked with the number of FIRs registered, says former Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police Sutapa Sanyal.

India

Data shows UP’s rape, molestation figures falling, but independent study says police refusal to register FIRs is the reason

Official data would suggest a scenario which is rather implausible that crimes of rape and molestation reduced sharply in Uttar Pradesh in the same period that saw a massive increase in incidents of cruelty against married women by husbands or their relatives.

India

Reopening Mumbai local trains tougher than resuming public transport elsewhere, says state disaster management secy

In an interview with Firstpost, Kishor Raje Nimbalkar talks about how the Maharashtra government is planning to allow the general public to board Mumbai locals while preventing COVID-19 transmission

India

Protesting farmers fear dismantling of MSP system, creation of large monopolies: Agri expert Ajay Vir Jakhar

Jakhar said that the bills will result in a trickle-down model, which will only benefit large companies, not farmers or small traders

India

Serious health hazards force women beedi workers in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka to quit profession amid COVID-19

A research study found that a large number of workers frequently suffer cough, fatigue, body ache, etc. Worryingly, the study also found that they spend an average of Rs 7,248 per year on medical expenses, which amounts to 29.2 percent of their annual income

India

'Prepared for NEET, JEE, but terrified of catching COVID-19': Why students aren’t convinced by govt’s assurances

While the NEET is scheduled to be held on 13 September, the JEE-Main has been planned from 1-6 September.

India

Despite paltry wages, women beedi rollers have few other job prospects, shows research; gender gap exacerbates matters

While most beedi workers have been pushed out of the formal economy, the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax also appears to have had a negative effect on them.

India

Mumbai crime down during COVID-19 lockdown; sparse public movement, decreased reporting may be why

Reported cases of several crimes in Mumbai declined marginally during March, and then reduced sharply in April.

India

PIB uploads article claiming none of six Indian companies working on COVID-19 vaccine will have it ready before 2021, later removes mention of year

The statement deleted from the article on PIB contradicted the Indian Council of Medical Research's plan to launch a vaccine by 15 August this year.

India

Aarogya Setu not ‘open source’ in real sense, claim cybersecurity activists, say server code must be made public

Cybersecurity activists have termed the Indian government's claim of making the source code of Aarogya Setu app public as half-truth.

India

As coronavirus lockdown puts brakes on academic activities in Maharashtra, HSC students face uncertain future

Students preparing for their HSC (Higher Secondary School Certificate) examinations are facing an uncertain future in Maharashtra, the state that presently accounts for the most cases of the novel coronavirus by far

India

'Indian govt should convince public on Aarogya Setu's efficacy rather than forcing it on them': Cybersecurity expert Elliot Alderson tells Firstpost

In an interview with Firstpost, Elliot Alderson replied to several assertions made by the Union government about Aarogya Setu, which is being widely being promoted as a contact-tracing app that help to combat COVID-19.

India

For Mumbai doctors at centre of fight against coronavirus, donning PPEs for long hours is an unprecedented ordeal

The high number of cases in Mumbai means that overstretched doctors have to wear extremely uncomfortable PPEs for long periods of time.

India

Coronavirus Outbreak: For families of child sexual abuse survivors, lockdown makes dealing with trauma much more difficult

while the economic hardships due to the coronavirus lockdown are more evident, the restrictions also add to social inequities in less visible ways.

India

BMC scrambles to contact trace in cramped slums of Mumbai; lack of personnel, unique challenges hamper efforts, say experts

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has attributed the steep rise in reported coronavirus cases partly to “vigorous contact tracing efforts” by its health workers.

India

BMC's attempts to help migrant workers in Mumbai inadequate, claim activists; need more time, say officials

Maharashtra is presently dealing with the twin crises of rising coronavirus cases and ensuring the welfare of its large migrant population.

India

SC verdict upholding Centre's amendments to SC/ST Atrocities Act restores law's original intent, corrects flawed 2018 judgment

The apex court's verdict of March 2018 on the Atrocities Act would have rendered a crucial legislation meant to protect the marginalised sections of society toothless.

India

Massive tweet volumes, complex hierarchies, coordinated attacks: Hacker reveals how BJP, Congress IT cells wage war on social media

While the IT cells of both the BJP and Congress engage in coordinated activity on Twitter, the former has a much larger and more complex structure than the latter

India

Amid anti-CAA protests, this coder amplified anti-establishment voices by taking down 1.6 lakh bots that disrupted Twitter trends

There has been a general trend in recent weeks of anti-establishment narratives dominating Twitter trends, as opposed to earlier, when pro-government hashtags and trending terms often dominated the conversation.

Politics

'If not Kejriwal, then who?' is AAP's calling card for Delhi polls as BJP hopes to paper over local inadequacies with Modi's popularity

Close on the heels of what can be politely described as a rout in the Lok Sabha election, the AAP appears to be the frontrunner in the Assembly poll battle.