Six States, same problem

Context: Concerned over high prevalence of child marriage in six States — Odisha, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and West Bengal — the National Human Rights Commission has directed the State governments to make concerted efforts to curb this social menace. In the first of a three-part regional conference, the NHRC and representatives Read More …

Governor hails T.N.’s role in Quit India movement

Context: Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit said the people of Tamil Nadu had played a significant role in the Quit India movement. Facts: “The Gandhian leader Kamarajar, simple and non-violent in approach, exhorted the freedom-loving people of Tamil Nadu to fight whole-heartedly against the British. Several leaders from the State Read More …

Why no exclusive human rights courts yet: Supreme Court asks States

Context: The Supreme Court asked States why exclusive human rights courts had not been set up yet. During a hearing, the Court highlighted how the human rights law of 1993 makes States responsible for setting up exclusive human rights courts with special public prosecutors in every district. “But till now not a Read More …

Should MPs and MLAs be barred from practising law?

Context: The dual role played by MPs or MLAs when they double up as lawyers. Favour: Clear rules Rule 49 of the Bar Council of India states that any full-time salaried employee, whether he or she belongs to a corporation, private firm, or the government, cannot practise as a lawyer Read More …