Photo by Melanie Wasser on Unsplash “It was just like any other day,” she said “I was walking home and was just a block away from my apartment. You know how crowded the roads get.” “Uh huh” I nodded, distracted by my phone. Scrolling through a website, I had chanced upon the word, ‘embittered’: to become … More Embittered

Perceptions of retired Muslim police officers on bias

The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) along with the Quill Foundation jointly published a report titled “Muslim Voices: Perceptions of Policing in India” in December 2018. The study, spread across eight cities and several geographies, documented the extent to which Muslims perceive bias and discrimination by the police in the context of local-level realities and experiences. The report, … More Perceptions of retired Muslim police officers on bias

Subjective Justice

Justice, I believe is very subjective in our country. The understanding that Justice is about the realisation of one’s basic liberty and right to equal status and representation in society, as John Rawls put it, does not find meaning in our clearly defined and demarcated communities. The debates about the existence of high rates of … More Subjective Justice

Start small & Act Against Violence in Our Everyday Lives

Risha moved to the city of Kolkata a year ago, for she finally received an opportunity to join her dream job. She was rushing to get to work, early. She held onto her handbag and lunch box strapped round her shoulder as she quickly paced toward the bus stop. Risha barely waited five minutes when … More Start small & Act Against Violence in Our Everyday Lives

A Broken System

I never thought that the face of a broken justice system would be made visible to the nation through a bunch of doctors. As I write, a junior doctor’s strike which initially began in West Bengal, but gradually garnering support enters its second week. Instigated by the assault of two junior doctors by a mob … More A Broken System

Dear India

Hope you’re fine. Or hope you are able to survive. I have been hearing countless stories of lynching and rapes. And I shudder to think what you have been going through. In the day and age that I was born in your land, everything was so serene. Okay, this isn’t about how I feel. I … More Dear India

Whither Muslim women’s rights?

Justice for Survivors of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) in India Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the partial or complete removal of external female genitalia for non-medical reasons. In India, FGM/C (also known as Khafz or Khatna) is known to be practiced in India by the Dawoodi, Alvi … More Whither Muslim women’s rights?

Beyond the margins of law: Custodial Violence and Torture in India

“Torture is a wound in the soul so painful that sometimes you can almost touch it, but it is also so intangible that there is no way to heal it. Torture is anguish squeezing in your chest, cold as ice and heavy as a stone, paralyzing as sleep and dark as the abyss. Torture is … More Beyond the margins of law: Custodial Violence and Torture in India