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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

http://kafila.org/2010/12/29/silence-as-sedition/

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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India among worst ranked countries in tackling human trafficking

India ranks as a ‘Tier II Watch List’ country -- only one level better than worst-performing Tier III countries such as Saudi Arabia and Zimbabwe -- in the 2010 Trafficking in Persons report (TIP) compiled by the US State Department

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World has become less peaceful

The world has become less peaceful over the last year, despite a drop in the number of armed conflicts, according to this year’s Global Peace Index

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Justice K Balakrishnan is new NHRC chairman

After remaining headless for over a year, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), on June 3, 2010, finally got a chief with the government appointing former Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishnan to the post

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Supreme Court notice to Haryana over Mirchpur dalits

Terming the killing of a 70-year-old dalit and his 18-year-old physically challenged daughter in Jat-dominated Mirchpur village in Haryana’s Hissar district “extremely serious”, the Supreme Court has sought a response from the Haryana government on reports that 150 dalit families had fled Hissar district fearing further attacks by upper-caste Jats

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Chhattisgarh on high alert after Maoist violence

The central Indian state of Chhattisgarh is on high alert in the wake of mass killings by Maoists in Dantewada district and a two-day bandh called by the ultras from Tuesday to protest on-going operations by the security forces in five states

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MP tells cops to put Pardhis, Kanjars under scanner

Nearly six decades after they were denotified as criminal tribes, Pardhis and Kanjars are still treated as criminals by the authorities in Madhya Pradesh

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Supreme Court bans truth drug test

India’s Supreme Court has said that use of the truth drug by the police to question suspects is illegal and a violation of their fundamental rights

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