articles by Neerad Pandharipande

India

Nashik court acquits 11 in 25-year-old TADA Act case: Blot of being traitors now erased, say former accused

A Nashik court last week acquitted eleven people who were facing terror charges in a 25-year-old case under the now repealed Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA Act).

India

Uttar Pradesh women IAS officers displeased with 'regressive' amended child care leave policy, say it goes against equality

The new rules, applicable throughout the country, came into effect through a notification on 11 December, 2018.

India

While Centre seeks 'justice' through triple talaq bill, activists question inaction over female genital mutilation

The BJP has been strident in its opposition to triple talaq, including attempting to push through legislation criminalising the practice, but the saffron party has chosen to tread with caution on female genital mutilation (FGM), which is practised in the Bohra community, saying the case should be referred to a Constitution bench

India

Reasons for Aarey Colony fire inconclusive, says Mumbai fire dept: Report finds 29 instances of such blazes since 2007

On 3 December, a massive fire broke out at an open plot of land in Mumbai's Aarey Colony, near the Sanjay Gandhi National Park — the largest green lung in the metropolis. With the fire department now having submitted its report into the incident, questions linger over whether there was foul play in the incident.

India

Kathua rape and murder case: Deepika Rajawat episode throws spotlight on ignored issue of victim's right to representation in trials

The recent development in the Kathua rape and murder case has also brought focus on an often-ignored aspect of the criminal justice system in India — rights of victims during trials.

India

Versova Beach clean-up: Activist Afroz Shah decides to 'move on' from campaign, shares video of dramatic improvement

Afroz Shah, in a Twitter post on Sunday, showed the dramatic improvement in the condition of Mumbai's Versova beach after spearheading a clean-up drive for three years.

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‘Even if my community disowns me, I want justice’: Advocate Deepika Rajawat speaks on Kathua case, fighting abuse and hatred

Advocate Deepika Rajawat who will receive Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice on Sunday, speaks about the challenges she has faced since taking up the Kathua rape and murder case and why people who have been naming sexual harassers under the #MeToo campaign must approach the authorities

World

Imran Khan skips anti-India rhetoric on Pakistan's Defence Day, but goes extra mile to reach out to military

Imran Khan's speech at an event to mark Pakistan's Defence Day was remarkable for what it largely steered clear of — rhetoric against New Delhi.

India

'Bihar govt's plan to bar NGOs from running children's homes uncalled for': TISS professor who headed audit team

Assistant professor Mohammed Tarique, who led the seven-member team which conducted the audit, said the Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case was unfortunate, but all shelter homes inspected did not need such legal intervention.

India

Mumbai's Delisle Road bridge to be dismantled soon: Commuters face harrowing time, but IIT-B says corrosion necessitated step

The IIT-Bombay recommended the immediate closing down of the Delisle road overbridge in Lower Parel, an area teeming with office-goers throughout the day.

India

Mumbai bridge collapse turns lens on city's infrastructure: Spot warning signs early to prevent mishaps, say experts

The road overbridge collapse at Andheri railway station during a spell of heavy rain has raised concerns over the robustness of the city's infrastructure.

India

Ashoka University sexual harassment case: Complainant says she got no justice; institute claims it stuck to due process

Ashoka University students and alumni wrote an open letter on a website on the plight of the woman who accused professor Mitul Baruah of sexual harassment.

India

Mumbai's development plan to be put on hold: Error-ridden blueprint to upgrade city's infrastructure far from being finalised

With discrepancies continuing to emerge and people continuing to raise objections, the issue of Mumbai's development plan is not winding down just yet.

India

Maharashtra insecticide poisoning deaths: State govt submits proposal to Centre, seeks banning of five toxic substances

The Maharashtra government has submitted a proposal to the Centre to ban four insecticides. Over 60 farmers had died last year due to insecticide poisoning.

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SC says RTI applicants can't be asked for motive: Petitioner welcomes verdict, asks for strengthening of self-disclosure provisions

The Supreme Court passed a slew of directions for better implementation of the RTI Act. Speaking to Firstpost, one of the petitioners in the case welcomed the order.

India

Rajasthan introduces death penalty for rape of minors: Child rights experts say move uncalled for, will endanger survivors

Rajasthan has introduced the death penalty for rape of girls below 12 years of age. However, several child rights experts believe this is not the solution.

India

Ahead of Chhattisgarh polls, govt helps SC/STs denied caste certificates due to spelling mistakes avail benefits

This move by the Chhattisgarh government comes months ahead of Assembly elections, which are expected to be held towards the end of the year

India

Maharashtra agrarian crisis: Farmer distress unabated by loan waiver; experts blame low profitability

Maharashtra continued to record a high number (2,917) of farmer suicides in 2017. About 60 percent of the cases were reported after the announcement of the farm loan waiver.

India

Maharashtra sees improved conviction rate, but pendency of cases remains a worry

Maharashtra has seen a substantial improvement in its conviction rate over the years, data recently released by the government has suggested.

India

Maharashtra farm loan waiver: Vidarbha farmers resent delays as banks slog to make beneficiary lists error-free

Officials from both nationalised and District Cooperative Central Bank said they were under immense pressure to meet deadlines.