The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016 (‘the Bill’), has failed the transgender community, and severely waters down the guarantees of the NALSA judgement. (Its several critiques can be found here and here). One provision, in particular – that of a screening committee- is a blatant violation of their right to self-identification recognised by…

Former Chief Justice Altamas Kabir has delivered a few judgments towards the end of his tenure, which are noteworthy.   Among these is Subhas Popatlal Dave v. UOI  in which, contrary to the decade-long tradition of the CJI not dissenting, he was in a minority. Other Judgments (except Lily Thomas) delivered by him or as part…

Three issues we like to track on this blog: 1. Housing discrimination: This advert has sparked some debate on the internet. It has an image of a billboard advertising flats ‘only for Brahmins’. Regular readers will know that our country still shamefully permits housing discrimination on the grounds of religion. However, section 4(viii) of the…

Following is a guest post from Rahela Khorakiwala, who completed her LL.B. from Government Law College, Mumbai and is currently doing her LL.M. at NYU School of Law.———————————————————————–The key concepts of the Equal Opportunity Commission Bill proposed by the Madhav Menon Committee are contained in the terms ‘equality’ and ‘development’. What is equality in this…

A few legal developments/opinions worth noting:1. Human Rights Watch released its report on August 4th, titled ‘Broken System: Dysfunction, Abuse and Impunity in the Indian Police‘. The report comprehensively documents the human rights that Indian police abuses with impunity. Bibek Debroy calls for urgent police reforms in light of the report. The issue of impunity…

This case was perhaps the first relevant opportunity to apply and test the principles of Naz Foundation for other minorities. But the Punjab and Haryana High Court’s judgment is a huge disappointment. You can access the judgment on the Punjab and Haryana High court website . It was delivered by Justice Suryakant on his and…
Implications of Naz Foundation judgment Today’s newspapers have variously interpreted the Naz Foundation judgment. Among the analyses, at least two deserve mention. Manoj Mitta has suggested in his piece that the judgment will be applicable outside Delhi too, in view of the Supreme Court’s judgment in Kusum Ingots v.Union of India case in 2004. The…