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Behind the Locked Doors: The Evil of Marital Rape

July 14, 2013

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Behind the Locked Doors: The Evil of Marital Rape

Since childhood, watching happy ending Bollywood melodramas imbibes in everyone that marriage is a happily ever after kind of story. But in real life marriages may turn out to be most traumatized, tortured, abusive & mistreated relationship of one’s life. When husband gets abusive in a marriage it need not necessarily be limited to only […]

Are you lodging an FIR? Some things you must know

March 26, 2013

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Are you lodging an FIR? Some things you must know

    It is the spirit and not the form of law that keeps justice alive. ~Earl Warren The prime objective of first information report or FIR  is to set criminal law in motion. Information can be made regarding commission of two kinds of offences 1. Cognizable 2. Non-cognizable. Section 154 of IPC deals with information […]

Law for Protecting Children from Sexual Offences

March 14, 2013

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Law for Protecting Children from Sexual Offences

Introduction The sexual offences were covered under Indian Penal Code (IPC). But the IPC did neither provide for all types of sexual offences against children, nor did it distinguish between adult and child victims. So a special law was enacted by Lok Sabha on 22nd May, 2012 called ‘The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences […]

Legal Aid: My Liberating Experiences

June 6, 2012

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The concept of legal aid encompasses a broad range of activities that aim at social advancement by creatively utilizing the instrument of law. Legal profession, the way it is currently practiced and organized, is primarily concerned with the improvement of the quality of legal services rather than ensuring equitable and even distribution of legal services. […]

Is the Indian Criminal Justice System more Inclined towards the Accused?

April 1, 2012

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Is the Indian Criminal Justice System more Inclined towards the Accused?

There was no criminal law in uncivilized society. Every man was liable to be attacked on his person or property at any time by any one. The person attacked either succumbed or over-powered his opponent. “A tooth for a tooth, an eye for an eye, a life for a life” was the forerunner of criminal […]

Committing Adultery. Legally.

February 11, 2012

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Committing Adultery. Legally.

Introduction For a layman, adultery means having illegitimate relationship(s) with the opposite sex (or even the same sex, but let’s leave that for some other day). However, since this is the Indian legal system we’re talking about, it shouldn’t appal you to know that it has a much more complex (read: absurd) meaning than that. […]

Menace of Eve Teasing: The Problem and the Solution

August 28, 2011

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Menace of Eve Teasing: The Problem and the Solution

Incident I was in the Metro two or three stations away from getting down. It was a very crowded metro. Suddenly I noticed a guy touching me. I could see the guilt in his eyes but he did not budge. I did not say anything assuming that he would make an excuse of an overcrowded […]

The Purdah of Morality: Public Display of Affection and the Law

June 7, 2011

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When Richard Gere had stooped over to kiss Shilpa Shetty on the cheek in an anti-AIDS event in New Delhi in 2008, little did he imagine that he would be slapped with arrest warrants on obscenity charges. In a country that likes its pizzas in 30 minutes, adores its Beatles and its Beiber (*sigh*), where […]

Plea Bargaining: Victim-Oriented Reform

June 3, 2011

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Delay and heavy workloads in the courts have resulted in the informal system of pre-trial bargaining and settlement in the western countries, especially in the united states the system is commonly known as plea bargaining . A suspect may be advised to admit part or all the crimes charged in return for a specified punishment […]

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