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Sonakshi Awasthi

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Sonakshi Awasthi is a Sub-editor at Indian Express Delhi. Ex-lawyer, she now writes on women-related and legal issues. Follow her on Twitter.com/SonakshiAwasti

Legal Weekly: Archaic Revenue Police System to be abolished in Uttarakhand; top judgments of the week
Sat, Jan 20, 2018

Legal Weekly is a compilation of landmark rulings passed by the Supreme Court and the High Courts of the country during the week. Read upon why the Bombay High Court commuted a death penalty awarded to two young men after being convicted for rape and murder of a 4-year-old.

Experts say lethal injection is not an alternative to hanging
Wed, Jan 17, 2018

Although the law commission report discussed whether the discretion of mode of execution should lie with the judge or the convict, the question of who would provide the injections to convicts remains unanswered.

Legal Weekly: A Hindu is bound to maintain his legitimate or illegitimate children; top judgments of the week
Sat, Jan 13, 2018

Legal Weekly is a compilation of landmark rulings passed by the Supreme Court and the High Courts of the country during the week. Read upon how court directed Kerala state government to reserve 25 per cent seats in schools for weaker and disadvantage sections.

What prevents companies from appointing more women directors?
Wed, Jan 10, 2018

#GenderAnd Business: Gender diversity, reducing the gender pay gap and making sure women have a seat and a voice at the table cannot be an exercise in mere compliance

Legal Weekly: Rehabilitation of 800 slum-dwellers directed by SC & more; top judgments of the week
Sat, Jan 06, 2018

Legal Weekly is a compilation of landmark rulings passed by the Supreme Court and the High Courts of the country during the week. Read upon how SC issued direction to rehabilitate Mumbai slum-dwellers and Uttarakhand High Court recommendation to award death penalty for rape of children below 15.

Police crackdown on couples: Is it illegal for young adults to sit in a public place?
Wed, Jan 03, 2018

Article 19 (freedom of expression), Article 20 (protection in respect of conviction of offences) and Article 21 (right to life and personal liberty) are the three provisions of the Constitution which come to rescue in case of an illegal arrest.

Online trolls beware, these are the laws that could be used against you
Tue, Jan 02, 2018

Not all laws mention the term “internet” explicitly, except provisions under IT Act, 2008, but nevertheless it can be interpreted in cases where a person is subjected to harassment on social media platforms or on email.

Legal Weekly: Suicide is an offence, cannot be glorified; top judgments of the week
Sat, Dec 30, 2017

Legal Weekly is a compilation of landmark rulings passed by the Supreme Court and the High Courts of the country during the week. Read upon what the court opined about martyrdom and how another court refused a "mentally retarded" person to donate organs.

Legal weekly: An employed wife is not cruelty to husband; top judgments of the week
Sat, Dec 23, 2017

Legal Weekly is a compilation of landmark rulings passed by the Supreme Court and the High Courts of the country during the week. Read upon how court gave pointers for a case falling under cruelty and why court thinks that reformative ideas are ineffective.

Right to privacy, instant triple talaq, age of consent: SC’s crucial orders in 2017
Sat, Dec 23, 2017

As the year draws to a close, we look back at some of the crucial judgments passed by courts in India and the pending cases that reached their conclusion.

Justice Swatanter Kumar retires: Here are some of the orders passed by NGT under him
Wed, Dec 20, 2017

"Even the regulatory authorities were not so effective in enforcement of environmental laws. The obvious reason could be that the environment had not degraded to the present limits and threat to public health was not of the present magnitude.”

Why transgender community calls the proposed bill “discriminatory”?
Wed, Dec 20, 2017

The definition of a transgender in the 2016 bill, set to be tabled in the winter session, found its inspiration from the Australian law. In other words, the proposed bill imbibed the part of the Australian transgender definition as a whole, focusing on the male and the female.

Will the Madhya Pradesh bill, awarding death penalty for rape of young girls, serve as a deterrent?
Tue, Dec 19, 2017

#GenderAnd Nation: After a stringent bill, there are questions whether this might lead to drop in reporting of the crime or, worse, murder of the victims

Legal Weekly: SC directs to reserve 5% seats for the disabled & death sentence for honour killing; top judgments of the week
Sat, Dec 16, 2017

Legal Weekly is a compilation of the landmark rulings passed by the Supreme Court and the High Courts of the country during the week. Read upon how the apex court is aiming to improve conditions for disabled and women in Delhi.

What are cultural rights?
Fri, Dec 15, 2017

"No usage which is found to be pernicious and considered to be in derogation of the law of the land or opposed to public policy or social decency can be accepted or upheld by Courts in the country."

Here is how Nehru and India mourned Sardar Patel’s death in 1950
Fri, Dec 15, 2017

“We shall remember him as a friend and a colleague and a comrade above all, and I who have sat here on this bench side by side with him for these several years will feel rather forlorn and a certain emptiness will steal upon me when I look at this empty bench.”

What is an open prison?
Wed, Dec 13, 2017

Rajasthan Prison Rules define open jail as, "Prisons without walls, bars and locks." The jail does not confine them completely but requires them to earn their living to support their families, living with them inside the jail.

Legal Weekly: Humanity above religion and guidelines to curb child trafficking; top judgments of the week
Sat, Dec 09, 2017

Legal Weekly is a compilation of landmark rulings passed by the Supreme Court and the High Courts of the country during the week. Read upon Meghalaya HC observation on humanity above religion and Gujarat HC's nod to a live-in of a inter-faith couple.

Law panel’s ‘piecemeal’ approach on UCC: Here’s how the Constituent Assembly discussed this
Fri, Dec 08, 2017

“Is it tyrannical? Nowhere in advanced Muslim countries the personal law of each minority has been recognised as so sacrosanct as to prevent the enactment of a Civil Code,” Munshi had said.

When BR Ambedkar defended time taken for drafting constitution
Wed, Dec 06, 2017

“If the Drafting Committee was drifting, it was never without mastery over the situation. It was not merely angling with the off chance of catching a fish. It was searching in known waters to find the fish it was after. To be in search of something better is not the same as drifting,” Ambedkar said.

NCRB 2016 Report: Delhi accounts for nearly half of the crimes committed against foreigners
Sun, Dec 03, 2017

Cases of assault on foreign women tourists have doubled from 2015: 30 foreign women tourists were assaulted in 2016 as compared to 15 in the previous year.

Legal Weekly: SC dismisses plea of woman claiming to be Jayalalithaa’s daughter; top judgments of the week
Sat, Dec 02, 2017

Legal Weekly is a compilation of landmark rulings passed by the Supreme Court and the High Courts of the country during the week. Read upon the court's reaction to the woman claiming to be Jayalalithaa's daughter and commutation of a death sentence of a man convicted for rape and murder of niece.

Key bills set to be introduced in winter session of Parliament
Wed, Dec 13, 2017

In the upcoming parliamentary session 14 bills are scheduled to be tabled and three bills will be taken up to replace the ordinances.

Legal Weekly: Courts orders ‘Barbie’ to be removed from song; top judgments of the week
Sat, Nov 25, 2017

Legal Weekly is a compilation of landmark rulings passed by the Supreme Court and the High Courts of the country during the week. Read upon the court presiding over the 'Barbie' song and its trademark issue.

4-year-old sexually assaulted by classmate in Delhi: The legal course
Sat, Nov 25, 2017

Section 82 of the IPC (Indian Penal Code, 1860) provides an absolute exclusion to a minor below seven to be held under any criminal liability. Legal experts believe the case will be investigated and closed if the boy's involvement is proved.

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