Shalini Nair


Child abuse victims should be allowed to report case until they are 25: WCD Ministry seeks amendment
Wed, Jun 20, 2018

Presently, the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) has strong provisions against child sexual abuse, but the reporting of offences by survivors much later in life is a legal grey area.

Dalit women’s rights activists to present accounts of caste violence at UNHRC
Wed, Jun 20, 2018

The report highlights that Supreme Court ruling in the SC/ST Act would make legal recourse more inaccessible for Dalit women.

53,000 manual scavengers in 12 states, four-fold rise from last official count
Wed, Jun 20, 2018

While the numbers are an improvement from before, when a majority of states denied the existence of the practice, it is still a gross underestimate as it includes data from only 121 of the more than 600 districts in the country.

Five key states yet to come on board Centre’s cash transfer scheme for pregnant women
Tue, Jun 12, 2018

Union government officials state that the non-cooperation of these states could result in the Centre being held legally accountable for not covering all states as required of it under National Food Security Act (NFSA), 2013.

Koregaon Bhima violence case: Ramdas Athawale slams activists’ arrest, says don’t call them Naxalites
Fri, Jun 08, 2018

Ramdas Athawale said police should investigate the role of Hindutva leader Sambhaji Bhide for allegedly instigating the violence against Dalits on January 1.

Hopeful after SC/ST quota ruling, no ordinance on atrocity law: Government
Thu, Jun 07, 2018

Thaawarchand Gehlot said the ruling will set at rest all allegations, especially in the wake of the order on the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, that the government was trying to end reservation and other safeguards for SC/STs through courts.

In apex body of NREGA, members of spiritual groups, RSS weekly editor
Sun, Jun 03, 2018

Also on the CEGC member-list is Sudhir Aggarwal, a BJP member who is “founder-president, Confederation of Voluntary Organizations” and who describes himself as a “swayam sevak since childhood” on his website.

Four years of Modi govt — Social sector: Many missions rolled out, targets steep
Sat, Jun 02, 2018

Initiatives taken for urbanisation, women at workplace; panel set up with eye on subordinate OBC groups

Master Plan should shift with ground reality: Draft
Wed, May 30, 2018

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs is expected to finalise the policy, which will form the blueprint for urban planning, by July-end after MoS Hardeep Singh Puri holds consultations with states.

Why lower socio-economic inequality holds key to reducing malnutrition
Fri, May 25, 2018

More than two-thirds of India’s 640 districts, mainly in north and central India, have high to very high levels of stunting.

Nomadic tribes: Move to grant Constitutional protection gathers pace
Fri, May 11, 2018

Social Justice Ministry invites feedback on panel recommendation

Senior Citizen draft Bill: Govt proposes six-month jail for abandoning, abusing elderly parents
Sat, May 12, 2018

The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has drafted the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizen Draft Bill, 2018, that will amend the 2007 version of the legislation to expand its scope and provide for more stringent penalties.

Inter-country child abduction: Govt panel against Hague treaty
Wed, May 09, 2018

In cases of transnational marital discords involving child custody, the Hague treaty requires contracting states to send back the runway parent and child to the child’s ‘habitual residence’.

Denotified nomadic tribes may come under SC/ST Act
Tue, May 01, 2018

Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Athawale said that the ministry is considering the recommendation to include the communities under the Atrocities Act.

Why death penalty for child rape, or why not
Mon, Apr 30, 2018

Following the outrage over the Kathua rape and murder, the Cabinet has issued an ordinance providing for death penalty for rape of minors.

Supreme court’s SC/ST Act ruling: Dalits, tribals organisations plan big rally on May 1
Sun, Apr 29, 2018

Another demand is that all Dalit activists arrested during the Bharat Bandh should be released immediately and action should be taken against those who opened fire at the protesters.

Nutrition council rejects Maneka Gandhi’s proposal to replace anganwadi rations with nutrient packages
Sat, Apr 28, 2018

The decision puts to an end a long-drawn disagreement between Maneka and NITI Aayog, with the former batting for packaged nutrients and the latter wanting to substitute food with cash given to beneficiaries through direct benefit transfer.

Death poor deterrent: Three per cent convictions, 94% accused know victims in child rape cases
Mon, Apr 23, 2018

The poor conviction rate in cases of child rape goes to show that death penalty - which comes at the sentencing stage, post-convictions — will mean little to a vast majority of the victims.

NREGA v minimum farm wages: How jobs Act is losing out to funds crunch
Fri, Apr 20, 2018

After the Finance Ministry rejected the recommendations of two recent government panels, MGNREGA workers in 10 states will get no raises in 2018-19. Minimum farm wages are now higher in many states.

Dalit, women’s groups plan protests during PM Modi’s visit to Britain
Wed, Apr 18, 2018

The Dalit groups, including Ambedkarite and Ravidassia organisations, state that they will voice their opposition to the recent changes of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.