Noise Pollution in India

A Critical Study of Laws on Noise Pollution in India: Prospects and Limitations

By Debokarsho Dutta, Jadavpur University, Kolkata.

Pollution in many ways seems like an inevitable curse of human civilization. With greater emphasis on material structures of progress, focus on the indisputable logic of “urbanization” as a manifestation of that progress and a seemingly perplexing lack of consideration for the immaterial, the spiritual and the metaphysical seems to have brought us to a point where the consequences of pollution appear to have surpassed the limits of acceptability and the only thing left is for us to experience the disastrous consequences of those far-reaching changes for our unfortunate future generations. (more…)

Rohingya Deportation Issue: Revamping the right to life?

By Kaushiki Kar, South Calcutta Law College, Kolkata.

Right to life is one of the basic human rights and not even the State has the authority to violate that right. Protection of life and personal liberty in India means: No person shall be deprived of his life or personal liberty except according to procedure established by law. In Maneka Gandhi vs UOI, 1978, it was established that Article 21 though couched in negative language, confers on every person the fundamental right to life and personal liberty which has become an inexhaustible source of many other rights. These rights are as much available to non-citizens as to citizens (National Human Rights Commission vs. State of Arunachal Pradesh (1996 ). (more…)

Zero Hunger Programme: A Step to Remove Nutritional Deficiency in India

By Arifa Khan, Post Graduate College of Law, Osmania University, Hyderabad.

Every day, men and women across the globe struggle to feed their children a nutritious meal. In a world where we produce enough food to feed everyone, one in nine – still goes to bed on an empty stomach each night. The second most populous country in the world, India has a steady economic growth and has achieved self-sufficiency in grain production in recent years. Despite this, high levels of poverty, food insecurity and malnutrition exists. About 21% of the population lives on less than US $1.90 a day and levels of inequality and social exclusion are very high. India is home to a quarter of all undernourished people worldwide, making the country a key focus for tackling hunger on a global scale. (more…)

Juvenile Justice Act 2015: A Ground-breaking Adoption or a Dicey Alteration

By Anjana Mohan, Symbiosis Law School, Pune.

After years of constant discussion and arguments on whether to replace the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000 and giving an apt description to who is a child and how can a child in conflict be tried under different scenarios of committing heinous crimes after the infamous gang rape that took place in Delhi in 2012 and how the juvenile involved was treated, the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 was finally adopted on the 15th of January 2016. The following gives a brief about the various rules and regulations introduced by the new Act and the analysis of the same to find out if there lies a need to substitute the existing rules with more acclimated ones to suit the morality of law. (more…)

To Die or Not to Die, is the Question

By Pragya Dhoundiyal, Law Center-1, Faculty of Law, Delhi University.

Right to Life is a right of wide import. This right has always been a bone of contention because defining its limits and the ingredients of this particular right depends on the interpretation and understanding of life of the person who is analyzing it. (more…)

Moral Policing in India

By Priyanka Agarwal, Chaudhary Charan Singh University.

Moral police is a term which some vigilante group and police use to cover their actions which they perform in order to protect the deemed morality and Indian culture.

The moral policing instead of becoming a good thing has become more like a trend which some vigilant groups and the police follows. They judge every situation by themselves and act accordingly so as to protect the so-called culture of India. They seem to work to protect and establish a sense of morality but in reality they do not protect the deemed morality, rather they interfere with the basic Fundamental Right which the Indian Constitution has provided to every citizen of the nation i.e. Article 21- Right to Life and Personal Liberty. (more…)

Water Pollution: An Overview

By Amrita Dasgupta, South Calcutta Law College.

In today’s world of practicality, pollution free water is a global crisis. As the world started developing with escalation of industries, agriculture, and trade and commerce, the water throughout the world turned poisonous with the dumping of garbage, industrial chemicals, oil pollutions, etc. Not only the living organisms in water are affected by this pollution, but it is also detrimental to the health of human lives. (more…)

Slumber: It’s my Right!

By Prerna Tara, University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun.

Sleep is a natural and key fixing of the fundamental necessities of life. On the off chance that rest is irritated, the psyche gets muddled and it disturbs the well-being cycle. Sleep, in this manner, is a self-reviving component of our life cycle and is, consequently, part and halfway of human life. The condition of dozing is accepted by a person when he is in a safe climate. It is consequently that this characteristic framework has been inbuilt by our maker to give unwinding to a person. Sleeping structures a crucial element for solid human presence and prosperity. (more…)

Struggle for Dignity: The Voice of Queer Peripheral

By Ankit Sharma, Siddhartha Law College, Dehradun.

 “Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than holding hands?”
                                                                                                                                             Ernest Gaines

Should the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender collectively known as ‘THE LGBT’ community in India continue to remain in the shadow of criminality? The de-criminalisation of homosexuality is now a myth. The Supreme Court of India has overturned a reading of Section 377 of Indian Penal Code and refused to review it or even to peruse it. Could this intolerance go so far as to allow for state tolerated slaughters against queer people? Or will it restrict itself to “merely” vigorously opposing the repeal of Section 377? Will this be going to Parliament to figure out the rights of LGBT community? Can’t Parliament take action? These are few questions which are yet to be answered. These questions reminds me the dilemma during the emergency when the SC fell in line in the Habeas Corpus case to hold that Indira Gandhi could even suspend the right to life, has it let down the cause of personal liberty as much as it has done in the Naz Foundation Case on 11.12.2013.[1] (more…)