Brides for Sale: India’s Sorrow?

By Tanya Chandra, Founder, LexQuest Foundation.

As India’s latest Anti-Trafficking Bill awaits informed modifications and superior content editions, it’s unfortunate that a major component of human trafficking which concerns the sinister trade of women and young girls across several States of India has somehow escaped the eye of our Legislators. Bride Trafficking, a practice so tragic that under the garb of marriage, women are commodified throughout the cycle of their reproductive lives and resold several times, has yet again failed to be conducively acknowledged as a crisis that needs urgent attention from the Legislature. (more…)

Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan: A Major Overhaul in India’s Education Sector?

By Vishu Surana, National Law School of India University, Bangalore.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Nelson Mandela realized 30 years ago that education is the most essential tool for social, economic and political transformation and a key instrument for building a just society. For a country like India to develop socially and economically, we need educated individuals. Keeping this in mind, our Human Resource Development Minister, Mr Prakash Javadekar launched the Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan (SMSA) with the aim of improving quality of school education. It aims to unify learning from Class 1 to Class 12 by adopting a holistic teaching approach and using technology to empower teachers and students both. (more…)

Learnings at The Policy Troupe: Almora Deliberation (28th-29th July, 2018)

By Tanya Chandra, Founder, LexQuest Foundation.

When you enter Almora, the District Headquarters of the Kumaon region, you will see prosperity, abled infrastructure and globalization all wrapped into one, amidst the serenity of the green hills that envelop this Himalayan town. Old colonial buildings, streets swarmed with traditional local delicacies and a whole lot of well maintained government offices, well kept government schools, scattering of ill-conceived primary private schools and a large number of public toilets; all on the same street that caters to the outsiders with its endless hotels, modest eateries and a trail of noisy vehicles. (more…)

The Untold Story of India’s Sold Brides

By Sajith Anjickal, National Law School of India University, Bangalore.

Bride trafficking is an unlawful activity wherein brides are bought and sold against their will only to be subjected to sexual and domestic slavery. It is one of those pervasive yet indiscernible crimes that affect women. India is home to a rather massive, organized and lucrative bride trafficking network. Women trafficked on the pretext of marriage are oppressed, deprived of basic rights, sold again as maids and eventually abandoned. The proliferation of the bride trafficking network can be attributed to the gender imbalance prevalent in majority of the States in India. And to make things worse, India lacks an effective statutory framework to curb the social evil of bride trafficking. (more…)

Atal Bhujal Yojana: Rejuvenating India’s Groundwater

By Sajith Anjickal, National Law School of India University, Bangalore.

“Water, water, everywhere….nor any drop to drink.” These musings of Samuel Taylor seem nothing less than a foretelling of the looming water crisis in the current century. Water scarcity as a grave concern should be a wake-up call to the world, especially with Cape Town in South Africa doomed to become the first city in the world to hit an irremediable drought-like situation. And unfortunately, many cities like Sao Polo and Bengaluru are next in line in this rather sombre list. (more…)

Oath Taking Ceremony: A Mockery of the Constitution

By Rabia Mohamed Ismail Abdul Rahim, NUALS Kochi.

On the 18th day of May, 2018, B. S. Yeddyurappa was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Karnataka. What happened after is no secret. Having sworn in, Yeddyurappa was the Chief Minister on the day of the floor test. He was also the Chief Minister when he walked out while the National Anthem was being played.

Yes, undoubtedly, the provisions of the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971 will apply to this situation. But I would like to analyse this situation in light of a different fact. (more…)

Bails and Anticipatory Bails: Part I

By Adv. Shriya Maini and Ms Chethana Venkatraghavan

This write-up is for those students who have realized that they have a law exam tomorrow and are looking for a source which discusses the practical and theoretical aspects of law in a deliberately simple form. This is also for those lawyers who are struggling to fill the gaps between the books of procedure and the law in practice. We write about what we have learnt through our trials and errors. Unlike other websites, we hope to engage you at multiple levels – the theoretical aspect of the law which we learn as students and the practical approach of law which only an Attorney at Law can provide.  (more…)

The Conversation Junction

We often come across law students and law graduates who are not familiar with the myriad opportunities awaiting them, which can help them design a career path in their area of interest. Sometimes, they are unable to determine an area of interest which can leverage their career trajectory; some others Read more…