“Why are you in despair, O my soul?And why have you become disturbed within me?” Around this time last yeara teenage girl lured by the promise of employment,imprisoned, gang-raped and sold. “Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord;Lord, hear my voice.Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.” Lord of the nations, … More A Lament for Unnao and Kathua
heartbreak – ubiquitous experience and yet, the one least spoken about. from a broken favourite toy, or a classmate having the superman pencil you can’t have, to a betrayal in a relationship the death of hope itself or the injustice we witness to self and others, heartbreak is simply the breaking of the heart. and … More anatomy of a heartbreak
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”
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
As I sit in the comfort of my bedroom with the AC on, I realise how extremely privileged I am, not just because of what I have, but because I know and understand what Justice is. I know it exists; I know what it constitutes; and I know we are all entitled to a life … More India Needs the Youth- A Wake-Up Call to Fight Against Injustice
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
One of the central concepts embedded in the criminal justice system is the concept of “Free will”. The assumption of an autonomous being inside each of us, who rationally determines the consequences and choices available to make the best possible decision. But it is also true that we are a biological organism and our behavior is influenced by Non-metaphysical … More Does freewill have a future?
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
Many years, I read a moving book appropriately titled “Cry the Beloved Country”. Written by Alan Paton, a well-known author of the time, It was set in apartheid-era South Africa. But it could well have been set in India. Every time, I open my newspaper, I read the story of someone or the other who … More Cry the Beloved Country….
The modern-day setup of countries and governments palliative to the majority class, and the young contrarians and radicalists almost reverential to the minority class is an interesting clash of styles the observant spectator gets to witness as we near the end of yet another decade. Let there be no doubts, there is little pursuit of … More A QUESTION OF PERSPECTIVE