In a country where state and society are equally guilty of inadequate, tardy and callous response to near-endemic sexual harrassment, naming and shaming is the much-needed parallel system. It doesn’t subvert due process, but actually improves it.
The LGBTQ+ community in India and all those who stand for their rights have been celebrating the SC verdict decriminalizing consensual homosexual acts. Amid the jubilation, we listen in to a few voices from the ground on what this landmark judgment really means for the people.
From CCTVs across the city to more mohalla clinics and midday meal interventions, many schemes proposed for Delhi and its people have remained suspended for months, thanks to the turf war between the government and the Lieutenant Governor. Will that change now?
Several people have been killed and many others injured in Thoothukudi as police fired on protesters marching towards the Collectorate, demanding closure of a Sterlite copper smelting plant that has been allegedly flouting all environment norms.
India generates around 25,940 tonnes of plastic waste every day, but the amended rules for its management provide no road map towards reduction. If anything, it only gives the FMCG industry cause for cheer, say environmentalists.
No, the death penalty is not the answer. But an efficient and speedy system of justice — from reporting to conviction — is likely to be. Till we reach the point, we can only grieve and rage and feel guilty.