Hardlook 2017

Hardlook 2017 News

Night Shelters: Hidden city of the homeless

Over the last nine years, govt has set up 205 additional night shelters, equipped some with geysers and CCTV cameras.

The long con: Fake ‘Board of Higher Secondary Education’

Affiliated to more than 300 schools across India, the fake board would hand out Class X and XII pass certificates for Rs 8,000-10,000, with ‘chairman’ Acharya and his associates running the show


Hardlook: To save a child

From a 14-year-old boy ‘sold’ by his family for Rs 2,000 to work at a bangle factory to a 16-year-old girl allegedly conned into boarding the wrong train — their safety depends on Childline volunteers and police officers at the forefront of the fight against child trafficking.

Hardlook: In need of an ambulance

The first responders to any medical emergency, the capital’s 265 CATS ambulances are in a bad shape, with 60 vehicles unfit for use and over 100 outdated. Kaunain Sheriff M tracks the fleet for five days to uncover the many problems — from lack of medical equipment to faulty technology.

Shortage of teachers in Delhi govt schools: Class, interrupted

Of the sanctioned strength of 66,736 teachers in Delhi government schools, only 38,926, or 58.3%, are filled at the moment. Of these, 21,926 are regular and 17,000 are guest teachers.

Express report highlights Tihar in bad shape: Delhi HC wants ‘hopelessly overcrowded’ prison inspected

Taking cognizance of a November 20 report by The Indian Express, a bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar also asked the DG Prisons to look into whether there was sufficient cleanliness in the jail


Delhi air pollution: Every breath you take

DELHI SMOG | From premature births and underweight children to a flare-up in arthritis to increased risk of stroke. A report on how the city’s air has become a silent killer.

Hardlook: Putting Gurgaon on track

The Rapid Metro proves useful only for those who live and work in one section of Gurgaon — the area that falls between Cyber City and Golf Course Road. Buses in the city are few and far between.

POCSO: Why cases of child sexual abuse mostly end in acquittal

A long-drawn legal process, children vulnerable to pressure, and an insufficient number of courts — A look at why cases of child sexual abuse mostly end in acquittal

Aravalli Range: This is what is left of a forest

Spread across four states, the 692-km-long Aravalli range has been assailed by a host of problems over the years — deforestation, mining and now encroachment. The Indian Express looks at how development in Haryana dealt a blow to the ecosystem and the animals living in it