“I’m going to say I never knew you.” These words still ring loud in my ears. Each time I hear it in my head, my heart still drops to a deep place where questions and grief meet. These words were spoken in court, by a young girl who my husband, a few friends and I … More When Justice Went Wrong
One of the books that I completed recently is that of ‘Djinn Patrol on the Purple Lines’ by Deepa Anappara. Although the story is about missing children, it is presented through the eyes of Jai, Pari and Bahadur who are children themselves but full of grit and determination to find the missing children. In attempting … More Djinn Patrol: The Many Layers of Society
The meaning of the word is strong. But what does it mean to be equal to someone? It just means being the same in value and status. These thoughts were triggered with a simple message forwarded to me about Sudha Murthy, whom I consider a woman of humility. She was questioned about equality by her son … More Equality
Love compels us to be loving, generous, kind and compassionate towards one another. God lines up divine connections to promote you in life. He uses strangers, and even your enemies to bless you. You will notice that some will be good to you, encourage you and push you forward, while there will also be some … More Love Compels
Why is law so important? What’s the fuss all about? Well to begin with let’s go back to Frederic Bastiat’s classic essay, “The Law.” First published in 1850 by the great French economist and journalist, it is as clear a statement as has ever been made of the original ideal of government, as proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence, … More Why is law so important? What’s the fuss all about?
The 23-year-old Jyoti Singh from New Delhi had been gang raped in a moving bus in 2012. She later succumbed to her injuries. “I want to survive,” she had written on a piece of paper she handed to her doctors. The Supreme Court decision upholding the death sentence of the rapists is yet to be … More @MeToo In The Light Of “Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied”
Human trafficking is defined as Whoever, for the purpose of exploitation, (a) recruits, (b) transports, (c) harbours, (d) transfers, or (e) receives, a person or persons, by— using threats, or using force, or any other form of coercion, or by abduction, or by practising fraud, or deception, or by abuse of power, or by inducement, … More Maladies of victims of human trafficking: time for our public justice system to be awakened.
Everyday violence is all around us – all pervasive and yet invisible. Invisible because we live in a society where low-level endemic day to day violence is normalized that we have developed blind spots that stop us from seeing what is sometimes right below our noses – sometimes, often in our own homes. To highlight this, … More Violence and the broken Police system
Last year I spent a few months living in a small town in Bihar, along the India- Nepal border, studying an organization fighting human trafficking and inter-generational prostitution (IGP). If you aren’t sure what inter-generational prostitution is or are shocked that it even exists in India, then you know exactly how I felt in November … More Justice in times of Inequality
There is a serious conflict between democracy and racial/ethnic/religious tribalism that needs resolving if we are to avoid spending an enormous amount of money on maintaining what has always been euphemistically called ‘law and order’. The latest episode of violence in Assam between ethnic Bodos and immigrant minorities won’t be the last. In fact, looking … More Identity, intolerance and violence