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Invoking the spectre of judicial legislation

By refusing to legalise same-sex marriages, the Supreme Court stopped short of protecting the fundamental rights of LGBTQ+ people

On Tuesday, by a 3-2 majority, the Court virtually rejected all the prayers in a batch of petitions seeking, among other reliefs, marriage equality and a bouquet of rights (such as adoption and insurance benefits) for the LGBTQ+ community. (File Photo)
Published on Oct 17, 2023 10:29 PM IST

Births and deaths law holds privacy concerns

The Registration of Births and Deaths (Amendment) Bill leads to concerns about the potential for surveillance and misuse of personal data

The 2023 amendment requires the provision of the Aadhaar number of “parents and the informant, if available, in case of birth.”. (File image)
Published on Aug 23, 2023 09:59 PM IST

Delhi ordinance will face stiff judicial test

The Centre’s ordinance on control of services in Delhi raises a host of issues

The timing of the ordinance is also peculiar. The SC’s judgment was passed on May 11. On May 19, the President promulgated the ordinance late in the evening — on the same day the apex court closed for vacations (Hindustan Times)
Updated on May 22, 2023 08:21 PM IST

Criminal defamation in India is anachronistic

The conviction of Rahul Gandhi has highlighted three issues with the law: The ease with which a person can file a criminal case, the vague definition of who can file such a complaint, and the consequent chilling effect on free speech in India

Rahul Gandhi’s case got a lot of attention because he is a prominent Opposition leader, but there are countless cases where the defamation law is being misused to settle personal scores or to intimidate a weaker party. (PTI)
Published on Mar 26, 2023 09:22 PM IST

Man crams into packed Mumbai metro, old video goes viral. Watch

A video of a man trying to squeeze in Mumbai metro is going viral on the internet.

Mumbai man squeezes in metro.(Twitter/@GinaKholkar)
Published on Oct 19, 2022 12:43 PM IST

Twitter case underlines web moderation issues

Twitter’s lawsuit against the Centre on blocking orders is likely to have a far-reaching impact on surveillance in India, IT rules, and how free speech remains online

Twitter’s recent challenge seems to be predicated on receiving blocking orders for tweets or accounts belonging to activists, journalists, and political parties. (Reuters)
Published on Jul 07, 2022 09:35 PM IST

An increased risk of State surveillance

The Criminal Procedure (Identification) Bill 2022, impinges on privacy by creating and storing a database of biological and physical samples, and detailed profiles

Perhaps the most egregious component is the retention of all measurement data digitally for 75 years from the date of collection, without any in-built checks to protect the confidentiality of such data, (File Photo)
Updated on Mar 31, 2022 08:34 PM IST

Mamata meme case: SC order discourages satire and free speech

When courts display an inclination to readily exercise these ¬ suo moto powers to regulate speech that may be considered hostile towards the political class ¬ they engage in viewpoint or content-based discrimination. This is a far cry from their role as protectors of rights, and is also outside the bounds of Article 19(2) of the Constitution.

An undated picture of BJP activist Priyanka Sharma, who was arrested for allegedly posting morphed image of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on social media. The Supreme Court granted her bail in the case on May 14(PTI)
Published on May 16, 2019 06:51 PM IST
ByVrinda Bhandari

Fast doesn't always mean perfect

Quick-fix solutions like fast-track courts will not help correct a judicial system that needs to change from within. Vrinda Bhandari writes.

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Updated on Apr 04, 2013 09:54 PM IST
ByVrinda Bhandari
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