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    Legal defense of journalists by Human Rights Law Network


    Despite the growth in the number of newspapers, TV channels and increased access to the web space; freedom of speech and expression which is a fundamental right enshrined… Read More

    News: Two islamic scholars beaten by a mob in Jharkhand for refusing to chant praises to Hindu gods


    Two Islamic scholars, Maulana Azharul Islam and his brother Maulana Imran, were brutally beaten with hockey sticks last night after Taraweeh prayer by an extremist mob for refusing to chant praises… Read More

    Wayanad: Kerala high court stops National Highways dept from evicting rural street vendors


    WP(C) 17377/2018

    Recently the National Highway department started forcefully evicting rural street vendors working beside the NH 766 in Wayanad district in Kerala. The authority… Read More

    Madhya Pradesh: HRLN succeeds in obtaining compensation for Dalit man attacked with acid

    05/06/2018 |

    Nandlal Malviya v. State of MP & Others
    WRIT PETITION NO (PIL) 19968/2017

    The petition was filed before the High Court of MP seeking interim relief of financial assistance for… Read More

    Compensation of Rs. 4,00,000 and medical expenses amounting to Rs. 3,00,000 have been awarded by Madhya Pradesh High Court to acid attack survivior


    Yashoda Bai vs. State of Madhya Pradesh

    Acid attack can be defined as “the act of throwing acid or a similarly corrosive substance onto the body of another with the intention to disfigure, maim,… Read More

    MP High Court awards compensation to woman who delivered a child despite undergoing sterilization


    Savita Vasuniya vs State of Madhya Pradesh and Ors.
    In this particular case before the High Court of Madhya Pradesh (Indore Bench), the petitioner (Savita Vasuniya) moved court for failure of… Read More

    MP High Court awards compensation to woman who delivered a child despite undergoing sterilization


    Meerabai Babbar vs. State of Madhya Pradesh &Ors.

    In this particular case, the petitioner underwent a sterilization operation at a Government hospital namely CHC Petlabad, Jhabua… Read More

    Update on PIL seeking improvement of Jharkhand schools: HC directs state to finish infrastructure construction


    The High Court of Jharkhand at Ranchi released an order dated 8th January, 2018 in relation to the Read More

    3 men, denied bail by the Sessions Court, granted bail by J&K High Court


    The applicants Abdul Ahad Waza (41 years old), Riyaz Ahmad Hurra (40 years old) and Ghulam-Ud-din War (43 years old) were granted bail by the High Court of Jammu & Kashmir from a bench composed of… Read More

    J & K High Court sought report from the Government from making amendment in SRO 117 which gives jurisdiction to Magistrates of functioning Juvenile Justice Boards (JJB’s) to act ad Principal Magistrates for JJB’s across the state


    In an order dated 23rd May 2018, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court sought a report on an amendment to the SRO 117. The SRO 117 of 2018 takes away the powers of the Chief Judicial Magistrates of 14… Read More

    Letter to the Governor and summary of the Indian people’s tribunal on the issues of tribal land and alienation under LTR in Telangana


    His Excellency Governor
    The State of Telangana
    Dear Hon’ble Your Excellency,

    Sub: Report of Indian Peoples’ Tribunal on LTR Cases in Scheduled Areas of
    Telangana-… Read More

    J&K High Court seeks information from state govt. regarding the minor Rohingya girl who was trafficked into J&K from Bangladesh


    The Rohingya Crisis that erupted in 2015 in Myanmar witnessed the surge of crimes and grave human rights violations ranging from rape, murder, arson and other mass atrocities covering a broad… Read More

    Delhi fast-track court punishes rape accused with 20 years rigorous punishment; Victim compensated with Rs 5 lakh


    State vs Mohd Masmudeen, etc
    In the court of the Additional Sessions Judge (Special Fast Track Court), North-west, Rohini, Delhi

    This was a rape case in which the two accused… Read More

    Rohingya refugee case: SC directs appointment of nodal officers to address camp-dwellers’ grievances

    15/05/2018 |

    Writ Petition (Civil) No 859/2013
    Jaffar Ullah and Anr versus Union of India & Ors

    The Rohingyas are a sizeable minority of Myanmar’s population of 60 million. They are,… Read More

    16 bonded laborers, which included pregnant women and children, working in hazardous conditions rescued in Srinagar


    Bonded Labour, a kind of modern slavery, is still prevalent in India today despite several legal interventions like the Bonded Labour System Act, 1976 which seeks to abolish debt bondage or bonded… Read More

    Bombay High Court grants permission to abort 25 week old pregnancy of minor rape survivor


    Ms. X Vs. Union of India & Anr., Writ Petition No.14261 of 2018

    On 9th May 2018, the Bombay High Court granted permission to abort 25 week old pregnancy of minor rape victim. The… Read More

    Cervical cancer vaccine case: Can rely on Parliamentary Committee Reports as evidence in court, says Supreme Court

    09/05/2018 |

    Kalpana Mehta vs. Union of India & Ors. WP (C) 558/2012

    A US-based NGO, PATH, had in 2012, in collaboration with ICMR and the governments of Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh, conducted Human Papilloma… Read More

    Jammu & Kashmir: High Court directs states to expedite setting up of JJBs, CWCs in eight districts


    On the directions of High Court of Jammu & Kashmir at Srinagar, the selection-cum-oversight committee, which recently met under the chairmanship of Justice (Retd.) Hasnain Masoodi, selected members… Read More

    Supreme Court asks government to frame a comprehensive policy for the Supplementary Nutrition Programme


    The Supreme Court on 2nd May, 2018 has directed the S Union of India to prepare a detailed policy for the operation of both schemes i.e. Take Home Ration and Hot Cooked Meals under… Read More

    Call for applications: National Course on Prisoners’ Rights



    Are you a young lawyer, law student or social activist who intends to work in the field of human rights, especially to defend the rights of prisoners? CCRI, HRLN is organising… Read More

    Non-implementation of Forest Rights Act in Kerala: HRLN organises IPT to address problems faced by adivasi forest dwellers


    The Independent People Tribunal (IPT) on the “Issues and Injustice in the Implementation of Forest Right Act (FRA), 2006” (which is in its tenth year of implementation), was organised jointly by… Read More

    17 year old tortured in custody by officers from Mumbai Railway Protection Force dies


    Mumbai: A 17 year old boy being reprimanded at a children’s observation home in Dongri died on April 14th at JJ Hospital, where he was brought after he complained about having difficulty in… Read More

    Lack of action on child bonded labour: Delhi HC issues notice to state, asks for status reports on child labour schemes


    Nirmal Gorana v Government of NCT of Delhi & Ors
    WP (Crl) 1011/2018

    This petition made the grievance that despite the rescue of children working as bonded labourers, the state… Read More

    Call for applications: Course on the law on violence and discrimination against women in Goa this June

    05/04/2018 | Goa

    You are welcome to apply for the National Course on Contemporary Developments in the Law Relating to Violence and Discrimination against Women. This five-day training programme will be packed with… Read More

    SC directs 4 states to make interim payment of Rs 127 crores to tea garden workers who had not been paid for 15 years


    International Union of Food Agr & Ors V Union Of India & Ors.
    WRIT PETITION (C) NO. 365 of 2006

    In a contempt petition filed by the International Union of Food Association and… Read More

    Petition in Delhi high court seeks UPSC exam seats for persons with learning and mental disabilities


    NPRS v UoI & Ors
    W.P.(C) 2599/2018

    This petition sought the court’s direction against a Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) notification of February 7, 2018 (Examination… Read More

    Transgender activist files petition in SC seeking provision of third gender option in PAN cards


    (Reshma Prasad versus Union of India)

    A social activist from Bihar, Reshma Prasad, has filed a Special Leave Petition in the Supreme Court of India, seeking directions to the Union of India to… Read More

    Mumbai-City civil court refuses to injunct TISS students from protesting against the removal of fee waiver for OBC-NC students #injuTISS


    Mumbai-City Civil Court Judge G. Aggarwal, hearing an application for interim relief by Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), refused to direct the students to call off their agitation or… Read More

    Starvation deaths: Supreme Court to hear HRLN’s petition on linking of ration, Aadhaar cards


    Koili Devi & Ors vs Union of India & Ors, WRIT PETITION (C) No: 61 OF 2018

    HRLN filed this writ petition on starvation deaths occurring in the country. This petition will… Read More

    Fatima Nafees files defamation suit against Times of India, Times Now, Dilli Aaj Tak for spreading defamatory fake news against son, Najeeb Ahmed


    Fatima Nafees, the mother of missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed, last week filed a suit in the Delhi high court through Human Rights Law Network against some prominent media outlets for civil… Read More

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