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Disability justice crisis in Maharashtra, Bombay HC pulls up the state govt

The Maharashtra state government's implementation of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 has been inconsistent.

The history of recognising disability as a distinct identity in law and policy-making in India has been marked by a progression of interventions, from local advocacy efforts to global initiatives. (File photo for representation)
Published on Jul 19, 2024 08:00 AM IST

What are bail conditions, and how do they affect the accused person's rights?

The Supreme Court recently struck down bail conditions that required the accused to drop a pin on Google Maps and obtain a certificate from the country embassy.

Granting bail involves a delicate balance for a court. (Getty Images/Purestock)
Published on Jul 15, 2024 10:37 PM IST

Exercising mercy as a Constitutional duty: What is the law?

What does the law say about Presidential power to decide mercy pleas? How has this constitutional power developed over the years?

While the act of pardon may initially appear as a personal gesture of mercy, its placement within the constitutional framework demands some form of oversight (Representative Photo)
Published on Jun 18, 2024 08:06 PM IST

Tracing the United Nations’ and India’s commitment to disability rights

With a global disabled population of 70 million, constituting the world’s largest minority, the NDA’s third term presents a unique opportunity

The past eight years of working with the Rights of Persons with Disability Act have established that merely having a law is not enough (Virendra Singh Gosain/HT FILE PHOTO))
Updated on Jun 14, 2024 06:57 PM IST

Re-evaluation of criteria of nursing admissions for PWDs

Delhi HC has directed the Indian Nursing Council to review its B.Sc. nursing admission policies, which have been criticised for being exclusionary towards PWDS.

Historically, PWDs in India have been pushed to the margins, and often not considered by policymakers(Shutterstock)
Published on Jun 05, 2024 08:30 AM IST

The argument for expanding the open prison system in India

What are open prisons, what is their role in the justice system and why is this institution important for furthering the goals of criminal justice in society?

Prisoners at a jail in Jaipur in 2006. (HT File Photo)
Published on May 27, 2024 11:06 PM IST

Why the SC’s decision to term NewsClick founder’s arrest “illegal” is important

Recently, Prabir Purkayastha, the founder and editor-in-chief of NewsClick, was released on bail after spending seven months in custody.

NewsClick founder Prabir Purkayastha. (File)(HT_PRINT)
Published on May 21, 2024 08:19 PM IST

Largest democracy India’s NHRC should be a flagbearer for human rights. Is it?

India's National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) is awaiting a decision regarding the accreditation of its "A status," which was put on hold last year.

The National Human Rights Commission (PTI)
Published on May 03, 2024 12:51 AM IST

Do prisoners have the right to vote?

As things stand, individuals within the confines of a prison are entitled to vote, but unrestricted mobility is a prerequisite to exercising voting rights

What legal provisions govern a prisoner's right to vote? (Getty image)
Published on Apr 23, 2024 08:20 PM IST

Who is an approver, and what does the century-old law protecting approvers say?

The arrested Delhi CM recently raised questions on the approvers in the liquor excise duty case the ED has charged him in. Here’s who an approver is

New Delhi: In this Thursday, March 28, 2024 file photo, Delhi Chief Minister and AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal leaves the Rouse Avenue Court after he was produced by the Enforcement Directorate in the excise policy-linked money laundering case. (PTI Photo/Atul Yadav)(PTI)
Published on Apr 11, 2024 09:05 PM IST

Sometimes, a body massager is just a body massager. (But what of when it’s not?)

Recently, the Bombay HC noted that body massagers cannot be classified as erotic toys. Does regulation of prohibited items clash with our right to privacy?

Massage therapy has been a common practice since time immemorial to relieve the body of pain and stress. Body massagers, however, run the risk of being thought of as obscene(Wikimedia Commons)
Updated on Mar 27, 2024 12:11 AM IST

Shortening the gap between bail and release

Recently, the Delhi HC expressed concerns about the delay in release by jail authorities of persons granted bail. Is a standardisation of procedures possible?

Once bail is granted, the subsequent processes related to verification of sureties and execution of bonds should be set into motion immediately. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Mar 20, 2024 12:54 AM IST
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