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Jhuma Sen

Assistant Professor at O.P. Jindal Global University

Jhuma Sen is an Assistant Professor at O.P. Jindal Global University.

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Mahmood Farooqui And The ‘Moral Hierarchies’ Of Rape

On 30 July 2016, a special fast track court delivered its judgment in State v Mahmood Farooqui. The following weeks have witnessed the emergence of a carefully constructed narrative of “one of us” at the receiving end of harsh rape laws for a crime he did not “quite” commit. It has been argued that forced oral sex is less grave than penile sex. It has also been argued that rape by a known person is less grave than rape by a stranger. Such distinctions are best avoided.
05/09/2016 3:52 PM IST

Why The Supreme Court Must Always Guard Its Territory

It is true that the collegium system has several flaws, primarily in the lack of transparency in judicial appointments resulting in closed door appointments through a perverse exploitation of the kinship cycle of a dynastic legal profession. However, removing the collegium with a commission with disproportionate power to the CJI hits at the heart of judicial independence and is an excellent example of throwing the baby out with the bath water.
16/10/2015 11:37 AM IST