Twilight

“Law can be gamed with a good lawyer”, says Nassim N Taleb. While the whole world wonders about the “laughable” parts of Indian Supreme Court recent judgements on Ayodhya involving debates on land, religion, faith (certainly no laughing matter for many), an American Federal Court has recently ruled that a federal jury in San Francisco … More Twilight

Combatting hell on earth – Anti Human Trafficking (AHT)

Definition Human Trafficking is defined by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime as, “The Act of recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position … More Combatting hell on earth – Anti Human Trafficking (AHT)

A first-person narrative of a 39-year-old construction worker

I was 17 when I first accompanied my aunt to work at a construction site in Bhubaneswar. Few days into the work, I understood that wages were different for men and women. In fact, wages were different for different women. For example, my age group or younger were paid Rs 80 while women like my … More A first-person narrative of a 39-year-old construction worker

Disrupting Human Trafficking: The Role of Financial Institutions

Ever since someone planted the idea in my head that financial bankruptcy for a trafficker is a greater deterrence than criminal deterrence which is dependent on the slow pace of the justice delivery system, I have begun reflecting on the role of banks and financial institutions aided by technology and Artificial Intelligence in combating human … More Disrupting Human Trafficking: The Role of Financial Institutions

Bonded Labour: violent exploitive force that prevents society from flourishing

I’m listening to a story of a woman who was recently rescued by police in cooperation with respective district administration from bonded labour. During the medical check-up conducted at the time of rescue, the doctor found out that a baby the woman was carrying in her womb died 48 hours prior the health check. The … More Bonded Labour: violent exploitive force that prevents society from flourishing

ROMEO & JULIET EXCEPTION – A CASE FOR DECRIMINALIZING CONSENSUAL SEX AMONGST TEENAGERS IN INDIA

The reforms in the rape laws have been seldom and are a reactionary phenomenon in India. The Indian Penal Code which is looked by the society and police as an instrument for safety of women from sexual assaults including Rape was enacted in 1860. Its counterpart procedural law was enacted in 1973, an improvement over … More ROMEO & JULIET EXCEPTION – A CASE FOR DECRIMINALIZING CONSENSUAL SEX AMONGST TEENAGERS IN INDIA

India has criminalised modern forms of slavery, but bonded labour practices are still prevalent

By Gajal Gupta* In July 2019, newspapers across India featured a shocking photograph of ‘Kasi’, an elderly man begging at the feet of officials who had come to rescue him and over 40 other adults and children from being allegedly trapped in bonded labour at woodcutting units in Tamil Nadu. Newspapers reported that many of those rescued … More India has criminalised modern forms of slavery, but bonded labour practices are still prevalent

How to support survivors of sexual assault

Step One, Believe Them. Image courtesy: SAMANTHA PATTEN/www.dailycal.org It’s time to take the conversation about sexual assault out in the open. Recently, a young woman was sexually abused in a locality in New Delhi. She recalled the incident to the magistrate court, and what she revealed confirmed the worst about the state of our law … More How to support survivors of sexual assault