Explained: Love jihad, Supreme Court, and law on religious conversions

By Deb Ganapathy The Supreme Court (SC), while hearing arguments in a PIL in January 2023 for the enactment of a special legislation to ban forced religious conversions, stated that the issue of the ban on forced conversions should not be given a political colour. The petition filed by a lawyer and BJP Spokesperson Ashwini Kumar Dubey, in December of last year, comes after the … Continue reading Explained: Love jihad, Supreme Court, and law on religious conversions

Explained: The legal status of live-in relationships in India

By Gayathri G Live-in relationships in India attract a variety of contrasting opinions. Judgments rendered by the higher courts remain the source for determining its legal status. The term live-in relationship has not yet been defined legally or socially. However, a generally accepted definition is when two consenting adults live together in a relationship akin to marriage without being subject to laws of it. Even … Continue reading Explained: The legal status of live-in relationships in India

Explained: India’s new National Suicide Prevention Strategy

By Pallavi Pratibha On 21 November 2022, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare unveiled the National Suicide Prevention Strategy – aimed at suicide prevention as a public health priority.  It sets the stage for facilitation and coordination of efforts of all relevant sectors and stakeholders. The strategy document also enlists its goals and objectives, action framework, implementation framework and mechanism. The strategy aims to … Continue reading Explained: India’s new National Suicide Prevention Strategy

Explained: End of Maulana Azad National Fellowship which was recommended by the Sachar Committee

By Pallavi Pratibha What happened to the Maulana Azad National Fellowship? And, what is it? On 08 December 2022, Minority Affairs Minister Smriti Irani announced in the Lok Sabha that the Maulana Azad National Fellowship has been discontinued from 2022 -23 by the Union government. Earlier this year, M.Phil and Ph.D. research scholars affiliated with various universities approached the Ministry of Minority Affairs to complain … Continue reading Explained: End of Maulana Azad National Fellowship which was recommended by the Sachar Committee

India unveils its strategy for net zero goal by 2070

By Team TA Background On 14 November 2022, India announced its  Long Term-Low Emission Development Strategy (LT-LEDS) at the ongoing COP 27. With submitting this strategy document to UNFCCC, India has now joined the group of 57 countries (out of 195) that were mandated to submit the long-term document by 2022 under the UN climate agreements. In accordance with Article 4, paragraph 19, of the Paris … Continue reading India unveils its strategy for net zero goal by 2070

Workplace harassment: Inclusivity and transparency is missing from complaint committees

By: Anushka Pardikar, Anubhav Kumar and Rishabh Shrivastava In Part I of the Prevention of Sexual Harassment at Workplace series, we examined the status of compliance with the various provisions of the PoSH Act, 2013. We looked specifically at the extent of sensitisation and awareness programmes conducted by major government organisations in the country.  In this part, we analyse the composition of the Internal Complaints … Continue reading Workplace harassment: Inclusivity and transparency is missing from complaint committees

Workplace harassment: Sensitization on PoSH act isn’t a priority for government institutes, shows RTI reply

By Anushka Pardikar Workplaces in India continue to be biased, misogynistic and unsafe for women. After the pandemic introduced work from home model, the issues of harassment and bullying have become furthermore complicated. The organizations and experts working on issues of safety at workplaces have reported an increase in the number of harassment incidents that women employees continue to face. All of this is despite … Continue reading Workplace harassment: Sensitization on PoSH act isn’t a priority for government institutes, shows RTI reply

Code Red: Decoding the latest IPCC climate risk report

By Padmini Subhashree The ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine has captured almost the whole of global media attention over the past few days.  And while it is unfortunate to be living in such times as to witness a massive military and humanitarian crisis unfold, it is further disappointing to read the recent report on climate change that warns about the creation of an irreversible … Continue reading Code Red: Decoding the latest IPCC climate risk report

#PrideMonth | History, Identity, and Marginality: Revisiting LGBTQIA+ Sociology from Indian perspective

By Kanav N Sahgal Western scholars of collective memory have for a long time written about the significance of the Stonewall Riots of 28th June 1969 as the starting point for the gay liberation movement in the US, and eventually, the rest of the world. In the early hours of 28th June 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn located in Greenwich Village, New York City. And even … Continue reading #PrideMonth | History, Identity, and Marginality: Revisiting LGBTQIA+ Sociology from Indian perspective

Part IV – Understanding Domestic Violence: Jurisdiction and Maintenance

By Bhawna Gandhi In the last three parts (Read Part I here, Part II here and Part III here) of our  Domestic Violence Laws Simplified Series, the author explained the functioning  of domestic violence laws in India and discussed the various types of reliefs that the victim (woman) is entitled to under the law. In this last and final part, the author shall discuss the … Continue reading Part IV – Understanding Domestic Violence: Jurisdiction and Maintenance

Caste remains an impediment to occupational mobility in the Indian society

By Shashwat Singh The caste system is one of the most distinctive features of the Indian society which attempts to divide it into four distinctive hierarchical varnas, namely the Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaishya and Shudra, with a large sub-population of untouchables excluded entirely from the system. A key feature of the caste system is that the varna status is inherited by birth.  Given the traditional distribution … Continue reading Caste remains an impediment to occupational mobility in the Indian society

As families struggle to get basic healthcare, Charter of Patients’ Rights fails to get implemented

By Rishabh and Anubhav Second wave of COVID-19 has been brutal for India. More than three lakh people have succumbed to the virus since the outbreak. As per Indian Medical Association, more than 500 doctors have died on the frontline too. Images of Ganga’s riverbed stuffed with dead bodies and news about India’s vaccine shortage are making global headlines. As active cases and positivity rate … Continue reading As families struggle to get basic healthcare, Charter of Patients’ Rights fails to get implemented

New abortion law disregards woman’s reproductive autonomy

By Anubhav Kumar On 16th March 2021, the Indian Parliament passed the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Bill 2020 to Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act (MTPA) 1971, which regulates abortion in India. The new law extends the gestation period of abortion from 20 to 24 weeks. It is also for the first time when an unmarried and single pregnant woman was placed on an equal … Continue reading New abortion law disregards woman’s reproductive autonomy

87% women never reported any instance of sexual harassment, reveals a survey by The Analysis

“Sexual harassment is everywhere”, shares a 24 year old woman respondent. “I would be surprised to know if any woman has not been subjected to any form of harassment at least once in her life” she says further.  As much as these remarks may appear shocking, it is an unfortunate truth in our society where women had to fight their way through to reach top … Continue reading 87% women never reported any instance of sexual harassment, reveals a survey by The Analysis