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Children burn guns for peace in Manipur

Children burn toy guns in Thoubal district of Manipur in a protest against the violent culture imposed on them by more than 40 years of insurgency and suppression


SC holds administration accountable for caste atrocities

The most significant part of a recent Supreme Court judgment hearing a case of caste discrimination is that it directs state governments to hold administrative and police officials accountable for caste discrimination of all kinds, and recommends their prosecution


Supreme Court gives Binayak Sen bail, questions sedition charge

India’s Supreme Court allowed rights activist Dr Binayak Sen bail and made the point that being a sympathiser of a banned organisation does not amount to sedition


Amnesty calls on Indian govt to repeal draconian Kashmir law

In a new report, the human rights agency slams the Indian government for detaining thousands of people on vague charges under the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act, and has called for its repeal


Binayak Sen denied bail in sedition case

It’s a black day for human rights in India say activists, after doctor and human rights activist Binayak Sen, sentenced to life imprisonment for sedition, was denied bail by the Chhattisgarh High Court


Supreme Court to hear Section 377 appeal on April 19

Various religious and social groups have objected to the landmark Delhi High Court ruling of July 2009 decriminalising homosexuality, and will be heard in appeal


SC/ST employment low in private industry, says CII

Corporate employment for scheduled castes and tribes is not proportionate with their numbers finds the first ever caste survey done by CII


Silence as sedition

Whether we agree or disagree with Binayak Sen’s worldview or his politics, we must speak to defend not just his freedom to dissent but, crucially, our own right to be democratic, says Gautam Bhan

Binayak Sen sentenced to life imprisonment

A Chhattisgarh court convicted doctor and civil rights activist Dr Binayak Sen to life imprisonment for sedition and conspiracy, charges that he and his supporters maintain are false


Torture routine method of interrogation in India: Wikileaks

A leaked diplomatic cable in the ongoing series of leaks by Wikileaks reveals a Red Cross assessment, gleaned from on-site visits, of widespread torture of prisoners in Kashmir by Indian security forces


Trigger-happy border security force, alleges human rights report

A hard-hitting report by Human Rights Watch indicts the Border Security Force, deployed along the India-Bangladesh border, of unwarranted shootings, killings and torture,and of being allowed to do so by the Indian government


Pak SC seeks details of detained Indian fishermen

A three-member Supreme Court Bench in Pakistan has asked the interior and foreign affairs ministries, as well as the Sindh government, to submit a concise statement by August 26 on the detention of Indian fishermen in Pakistani jails


Govt tells India Inc to fix 5% job quota for SC/STs

With India Inc not being seen as having done enough about affirmative action over the last five years, the government plans to insist on a 5% reservation in jobs by the private sector for disadvantaged sections, particularly scheduled castes and scheduled tribes


Khairlanji case set to go to Supreme Court

Bhaiyalal Bhotmange, the lone survivor of the Khairlanji massacre, has announced that he will independently appeal in the Supreme Court against the recent Bombay High Court verdict


Khairlanji verdict: Accused escape death for dalit killings

The Central Bureau of Investigation had pleaded for the death penalty for all the accused in the Khairlanji killings case. But the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court held that the case did not fall in the ‘rarest of rare’ category


Government divided on dealing with honour killings

With no consensus about stricter punishment for the people behind honour killings, the Union Cabinet has decided to defer the proposed Khap Bill along with a move to amend existing laws to deal effectively with the social menace


Call for urgent shelters for the homeless

The mortality rate amongst homeless people in India is unacceptably high, prompting calls for urgent shelters for the homeless from the Special Commissioner to the Supreme Court


Stricter law against honour killings coming: Moily

Union Minister for Law and Justice M Veerappa Moily says the Centre is coming up with a stricter provision in the law to stop honour killings


Naxal violence: Over 10,000 people killed in past five years

The Ministry of Home Affairs, in reply to a query under the Right to Information Act, revealed that Naxal violence had claimed over 10,000 lives in the past five years, but denies ‘Operation Green Hunt’ in Naxal-affected areas


SC notice on honour killings

Taking serious note of the growing number of cases of honour killing, the Supreme Court has issued notices to the Centre, the Haryana government and six other states asking about the steps taken so far to protect young couples


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