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    Kerala HRLN provides medical aid to infirm, old Adivasi woman, files petition to improve quality of life


    An elderly adivadi woman from the Paniya community had been suffering from cancerous growth in her mouth. She lived with her husband Gopalan who is also old and infirm.

    The 79-year-old lived in… Read More

    Sampurna Behrua vs UoI: The battle for juvenile justice concludes after 12 years


    The Supreme Court on February 9, 2018, delivered a judgement in the Sampurna Behrua vs Union of India & OrsRead More

    Delhi HC issues notice in case of school discriminating against child with ADHD


    The Delhi High Court on February 6, 2018, issued notices to respondent parties in a case of discrimination against and the denial of the right to education to a 6-year-old child suffering from… Read More

    Indore’s MY Hospital fire: Petition seeks action against negligent authorities, compensation


    Anjali Anand V Medical Education Department

    On November 23, 2017, the new-born care unit on the second floor of Indore’s M.Y. Hospital in which 47 infants were kept on ventilators… Read More

    Vasectomy failure: MP High Court orders compensation for man under family planning indemnity scheme


    Shyamlal Parmar v State of MP & Ors
    Writ petition No. 144/2017

    The petition explained that the petitioner, Shyamlal, after having two children, sought a vasectomy which was… Read More

    In a first, acid attack survivor in Madhya Pradesh granted compensation of Rs 7 lakh


    Yashoda Bai vs. State of Madhya Pradesh
    Writ Petition no. 742 /2017

    The petition was filed by HRLN on the behalf of a poor married woman. Her husband was a farmer in Mathura. The… Read More

    Supreme Court directs Maharashtra chief secretary to pay Rs 100 crore for river pollution


    In a landmark order, the Supreme Court has asked the Maharashtra chief secretary to pay Rs 100 crore — possibly the highest amount of compensation that a state government has ever been asked to pay… Read More

    Delhi HC rebukes DDA counsel, appoints court commissioners to oversee Kathputli colony demolition, rehabilitaton


    In the demolition drive of Delhi’s Kathputli Colony by the DDA, the Delhi high court rebuked the DDA’s counsel and appointed a 3-member committee to ascertain the position on the ground.

    The… Read More

    Army transfer policy for officers with dependent disabled children challenged in Supreme Court


    Lt. Col. Anil Kumar Yadav v. Military Secretary Branch & Ors:

    The Supreme Court allowed the petition Lt. Col. Anil Kumar Yadav vs. Military Secretary Branch & Ors, SLP(C)351/2017,… Read More

    Kerala High Court upholds rights of 100% disabled person as ‘person with disability’ under National Trust Act


    Rosamma vs District Collector, Wayanad Collectorate, Kalpetta, Wayanad & Ors

    WP(c) No.21082/17 before High Court of Kerala

    Ulahannan met with a road accident after which, he is… Read More

    25 bonded labourers from Sahira Adivasi community of Madhya Pradhesh rescued from Rajasthan


    25 people from eight families were rescued on Saturday night after the National Campaign Committee For Eradication Of Bonded Labour (NCCEBL) — a wing of the HRLN’s Delhi unit — along with the… Read More

    ESIC cannot sell/lease its medical colleges, says Delhi high court


    In a significant move, the Delhi high court on Thursday (October 12, 2017) declared as “legally impermissible” the Employees’ State Insurance Corporation’s (ESIC) move to sell or lease… Read More

    India’s Human Rights Lawyer Colin Gonsalves Named 2017 Right Livelihood Award Laureate


    Colin Gonsalves, one of the most notable human rights lawyers of his generation, has been announced a Laureate of the 2017 Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’…. Read More

    Naga People’s Movement of Human Rights vs Union of India


    (Note: Colin Gonsalves ceased to be a Director of the Human Rights Law Network (SLIC) a long time ago. However, our founder continues to inspire us and he is closely related to HRLN on pro bono… Read More

    MP court awards compensation to woman after failure of sterilisation operation


    Writ Petition No.3634/2016

    This petition showed that Komal Bai (the petitioner) had in August, 2011 underwent a sterilisation operation at the Kalapipal CHC in Shajapur in Madhya… Read More

    HRLN petition seeks full implementation of JSSK scheme in Tripura


    The petition noted that India accounts for the highest number of maternal deaths in the world and has a Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) of 178 for every 1 lakh live births. Six Indian women die every… Read More

    HRLN files petition seeking action against alarming number of children dying from malnutrition in MP


    Shriprakash Singh Nimraje vs State of MP & Ors

    Several children have died of malnutrition-related ailments in Madhya Pradesh’s Sheopur district and other regions of Shivpuri in… Read More

    Manipur HC directs payment of compensation in various fake encounters by armed forces


    Guangbi Dangmei Vs The Union of India & 4 others (WP(C) 943/2014)

    The petitioner’s son was killed in a fake encounter by the 10th Assam Rifles. After initiating a judicial… Read More

    SC remands previously dismissed writ petition on torture to Bombay high court


    Sangita Vilas Ingle v. State of Maharashtra and Others (2017)2 SCC 728

    This case involved serious allegations of infringement of right to life and liberty of the petitioner’s… Read More

    Hearing impaired applicants to be considered for driving licenses after SC direction


    Amit Ashok Tribhuvan vs Regional Transport Officer

    The Petitioner is a person with 100% hearing impairment. The PIL sought to challenge the order passed by the Regional Transport… Read More

    In fight against female foeticide, SC verdict stresses on implementation of pre-conception and pre-natal diagnostics act


    Voluntary Health Association of Punjab vs. Union of India [Writ Petition (Civil) 349 of 2006], Supreme Court of India

    Voluntary Health association of Punjab [VHAP], an NGO, filed… Read More

    Supreme Court directs reservation in promotion for disabled persons in Government jobs


    In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court set aside Government of India instructions disallowing reservation in promotion for persons with disabilities, and held that wherever posts are identified to… Read More

    In landmark judgement, Supreme Court rules that acid attack victims are to be recognised as disabled


    Parivartan Kendra vs. UOI & Ors. (WP (CIVIL) No. 867/2013), the PIL on Acid Attack Cases.

    The Supreme Court in its Judgment has directed the Bihar Government to compensate the… Read More

    SC directs states to clear pendency in Juvenile Justice Boards: Another HRLN achievement towards ensuring child rights


    Highlights of the Judgement in W.P. (Civil) 473/2005:

    "It is mandated that every State should have a Juvenile Justice Board in place in every District on or before 31st… Read More

    Bombay high court grants bail to DU professor G N Saibaba who was arrested for ‘Maoist links’


    Delhi University professor G N Saibaba, jailed for alleged Maoist links, was on Tuesday granted bail for three months by the Bombay High Court on health ground. Saibaba has been in jail since his… Read More

    Delhi HC issues notice to Centre, state govt, seeking report of action on maternal health schemes


    W.P (C) 4200/2015

    Bilkis & Anr versus Govt of NCT of Delhi & Ors.

    The Petition filed by Human Rights Law Network on behalf of the Petitioner took strong note of the failure of… Read More

    HRLN’s new publication featured in UKAID’s latest evidence digest


    HRLN’s new publication, Burning Injustice: A rights advocacy manual for lawyers, activists and survivors on acid violence in India, featured in UKAID’s latest evidence digest

    ACID… Read More

    In landmark judgement, SC deals with guardianship, custodial and visitation rights of kids to couples in matrimonial disputes



    CIVIL APPEAL No. 1966 OF 2015

    In a remarkable judgment dealing with interim custody of child suffering in parents in matrimonial disputes,… Read More

    Nagpur high court orders state to take immediate action to improve public health facilities for pregnant women


    Dinanath  Waghmare  vs.  The District Collector, Nagpur District and others.

    The High Court at Nagpur ordered the State to immediately establish a committee including… Read More

    SC seeks reply from Centre, state governments on leprosy treatment and drug availability


    Writ Petition(Civil) No(s). 767/2014

    The Supreme Court issued notice on 1 September 2014 to the central and state governments on a… Read More

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