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Another case of human trafficking and bonded labour has surfaced from the underbelly of New Delhi after a group of people from Assam, who were rescued in 2017 by National Campaign Committee for Eradication of Bonded Labour (NCCEBL) which is a part of Human Rights Law Network, have claimed that a girl from Assam is illegally confined by the traffickers.

The girl from Assam was trafficked by a husband-wife duo, Ramvilas Paswan and Anita, who posed as employment consultants. They befriended and lured the parents of the girl by offering an employment opportunity for their daughter. …


By Prannv Dhawan

Prannv Dhawan is a second year, B.A., LL.B. (Hons) student at NLSIU, Bangalore. He is the founding blog editor of Law School Policy Review.

It is hard to ignore the fundamental shift in knowledge culture and public discourse in recent years — especially the functioning of modern media. From ancient historical-cultural accounts to modern liberal democratic nation-states, media has been hailed as a mirror of public conscience and interest as well as an instrument to seek governmental accountability.

It is the fourth pillar of democracy that is duty-bound to function in an un-biased, independent and fearless manner while keeping public…


Workers at a brick kiln

By Richa
Richa is a communication officer at HRLN

Sanuj Kumar wakes up in the dark at 1 am to begin his workday at a brick kiln. He and his fellow labourers, including his young bride dig up clay and soil, mix it with water, and pour the mixtures into moulds. …


A man takes a selfie as Madhu is heckled in the background

By Richa (with inputs from HRLN Kerala)
Richa is a communication officer at HRLN

On the evening of February 22, 2018, people across Kerala and the rest of India watched with horror as videos and photographs showing a group of men lynching a tribal man to death in Palakkad district spread across their screens.

In the pictures, the man stood with his hands tied (with his own lungi, we later find out) in a torn shirt, while a 16-man strong mob around him heckled and hounded him. His eyes were mournful, his hair in disarray. …


By Raghav Mendiratta and Shreya Tewari

This is a guest post by Raghav and Shreya who are fourth-year BA LLB (Hons) students of the National Law University, Punjab.

Raghav works as as a Legal Researcher for the Centre for Global Freedom of Expression, Columbia University (New York) and is the Founder of JAAGO Foundation (a not-for-profit organisation spreading legal literacy in north India). Shreya serves as the Deputy Convener of the Centre for Advanced Studies in Criminal Law at RGNUL.

Is there a comprehensive definition of custodial rape in our country? Statistics show that more often than not in our country, the evidence (coincidentally?) falls short of rape. Can the people having authority to keep prisoners safe behind bars extend their authority to the extent where they think of raping prisoners as a right? Is sexual violence an institutionalized practice in Indian Prisons? If yes, why? What are the causes of this phenomenon? Is rape an inherent part of the penalty? Here, we attempt to answer some of these questions.

Rape is about power and control. Contrary to the popular understanding of rape, it is almost never perpetrated for sexual gratification. It is ‘acts of violence…


(Based on this, a case is being filed in High Court of AP)

By Dr. Murali Karnam

Murali Karnam was a professor at Tata Institute of Social Sciences. He currently is working with us at the Hyderabad unit of HRLN.

Leprosy to this day, remains among the most serious problem in India. In 2014, India had the largest number of new leprosy cases globally (58%). From 2005 till 2014, the National Leprosy Eradication Programme (NLEP) has recorded a rate of 1.25 to 1.35 lakh new cases every year, a majority being children, who are threatened with isolation and discrimination at a very young age.

Although leprosy may cause irreversible disabilities, with advances in…


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By Yawar

Yawar is a physicist and political thinker of Kashmiri origin.

The year is 2018 and young Mustafa walks ahead of me as he leads me into the street where his friend Amir was shot dead by the forces in Bijbehara. As he recreates the scenes of that dreadful day, I’m taken back to the ‘90s — my childhood; memories and emotions that my subconscious had since long subdued come shaking, crawling in the distance. The Shaitan of occupation, this naked devil, was here again, murdering dreams and annihilating lives, lives that were yet to begin; young boys with eyes full…


By Zahra Andalucia Wynne

Zahra is a senior researcher in HRLN’s Reproductive Rights Initiative. She focuses on issues of contraception, safe abortion, child marriage, maternal health, and adolescent sexual health.

Since 1951, India has seen its population almost quadruple from 360 million to 1.2 billion people, making it the second most populated nation in the world, after China. Despite this, the fertility rate of Indian women has actually decreased by more than half over the last 40 years — falling from from 4.97 children born to a woman in her lifetime during 1975–80 to 2.3 for the current period of 2015–20.

However, due to…


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By Dr Murali Karnam

Murali Karnam was a professor at Tata Institute of Social Sciences. He currently is working with us at the Hyderabad unit of HRLN.

The Telangana Eunuchs Act. 1329 F. (Act XVI of 1329 F.) was promulgated through the Telangana Adaptation of Laws (№2) Order, 2016 after formation of the Telangana State. However, this Act is arbitrary, illegal and unconstitutional as it criminalizes the transgender identity and communities.

But before we go any further, a little on the history of the Act:

The Criminal Tribes Act, 1871 was enacted by the then Governor General of India in Council. The Criminal Tribes…


By Jatin Desai

Asma Jahangir ( 1952–2018)

Desai is a journalist, researcher and peace activist. Read our previous story on his work here.

This article first appeared in The Tribune.

To receive news that Asma Jahangir was no more was to feel the ground beneath the feet shudder. In her untimely death, the international community has lost a fierce human rights champion. Pakistan stands bereaved of an indomitable democrat and women’s rights crusader, and I have lost a fellow compatriot and a dear friend.

In my living room in a Mumbai flat is a large painting of Mahatma Gandhi at his spinning wheel. It was gifted to…

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