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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.
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The Pressures And Prejudices That Working Women Must Fight

They said that education was the solution to women's problems. They said that a job, a salary and the independence that came with it would set women free from the constraints imposed by a patriarchal society. But is a job alone enough to empower women or even allow her to live her life with dignity and security? Or is it a case of jumping from the frying pan into the fire and exchanging one prison for two?

Why The New Juvenile Justice Law Is An Insult To Nirbhaya

The present amendment has reduced the age of juvenile offenders to be tried as adults from 18 to 16. But there are 15-year-old teens who are accused of rape. There are 14-year-old murderers. In my opinion, criminality is a far more important criterion than age. Thus, the amendment should be in terms of non-applicability of the juvenility condition in the case of crimes like rape, murder, war against country etc. That's why legislative business should never be done in haste.
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Let Jyoti Singh's Light Shine On India's Daughters

This December, the 16th, marked the third anniversary of the Delhi gang-rape that horrified the world. I am sharing my story to tell the world a few facts: That, even today in Indian cities, in public transportation, we are all Jyoti Singh and that whatever happened to her could have happened to any of us. We must not forget her. We must say her name and in her honour, we must empower all girls.
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The Juvenile Justice Amendment Is A Victory For Retribution, Not Justice

The belief that juveniles, even those committing heinous offences, get away with little or no punishment in the name of reformation has led to a strident demand for a reduction in the age of juvenility. This mass hysteria has clearly been bought into by the current government, which has repealed and re-enacted the entire law on juvenile justice. The legislation follows the "adult time for adult crime" approach, which I argue is not appropriate for the administration of juvenile justice.