A Case For Reformation Of Narcotics Law In India

By Shreevatsa Lakhotia and Harishankar Raghunath  International pressure forced India to hastily conform to a global regime on drug control and formulate laws that focused on penalisation. This resulted in a drug policy that was not tailor-made for the country and left open significant loopholes in the statute, which subsequent amendments either partially addressed or … Continue reading A Case For Reformation Of Narcotics Law In India

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Abortion for Minor Rape Survivors

By Devangana Mandal and Dhwani Parekh The years 2015 and 2016 have been monumental for the issue of medical termination of post-20-week pregnancies resulting from rape. Particularly in the case of minors, there has been a flurry of such cases at the Supreme Court-level requesting directives in exceedingly complex issues, from a legal and medical … Continue reading Abortion for Minor Rape Survivors

MeToo and Section 499: The Story of a SLAPP

By Kushagr Bakshi In 2014, Subramanian Swamy, joined by Arvind Kejriwal Rahul Gandhi amongst others, moved the Court under Article 32 challenging the constitutional validity of Section 499 and 500 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 coupled with Section 199(1) to (4) of the Criminal Procedure Code, 1973[1], the laws that lay down the offence … Continue reading MeToo and Section 499: The Story of a SLAPP

Revisiting Anti Vagrancy Laws from a Post Colonial Perspective

By Arbina Dey I. Introduction The dictionary meaning of the term ‘vagrancy’ connotes—being in a constant state of idle wandering without any visible means of support.[1] Most anti-vagrancy statutes draw a presumption of lawlessness against those who exhibit such a state of vagrancy. This then goes on to form the basis of the entire anti-vagrancy … Continue reading Revisiting Anti Vagrancy Laws from a Post Colonial Perspective

UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME: A CASE FOR ITS RECOGNITION AS A HUMAN RIGHT – PART II

By Anusha Peri and Ramya Chandrasekhar  In the second piece of this two-part post, we look at UBI as a subsistence right, and its value in a moral economy. IV. An unconditional minimum income as a subsistence right In light of the above, we argue that an unconditional minimum income scheme like UBI is in … Continue reading UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME: A CASE FOR ITS RECOGNITION AS A HUMAN RIGHT – PART II

UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME: A CASE FOR ITS RECOGNITION AS A HUMAN RIGHT – PART I

By Anusha Peri and Ramya Chandrasekhar  In the first of a two-part post, we look at the threat of automation and its impact on the labour force. The threat of rapid redundancy of manual and unskilled labour as a result of technological unemployment is imminent, warranting immediate state action.[1] In the current era of artificial … Continue reading UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME: A CASE FOR ITS RECOGNITION AS A HUMAN RIGHT – PART I

THE TRANSGENDER PERSONS (PROTECTION OF RIGHTS) BILL, 2016 – POLITICAL EYEWASH?

By Mihika Poddar and Archismita Raha In August 2016, the Central government introduced the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016 (‘the Bill’), in Lok Sabha. It aims to provide for a comprehensive framework for the protection of transgender persons, in pursuance of the affirmation of their socio-political rights by the Supreme Court’s NALSA judgement … Continue reading THE TRANSGENDER PERSONS (PROTECTION OF RIGHTS) BILL, 2016 – POLITICAL EYEWASH?

JILS BLOG RANKED AS ONE OF THE TOP 40 INDIAN LAW BLOGS

We are extremely proud to announce to our readers that the JILS Blog has been ranked as one of the Top 40 Indian Law Blogs, published by Feedspot. This list is based on, among others, the quality and consistency of posts, social media presence. The entire list can be accessed here. We are extremely grateful to … Continue reading JILS BLOG RANKED AS ONE OF THE TOP 40 INDIAN LAW BLOGS

WHY ‘MODICARE’ IS NOT A GAME-CHANGER: NATIONAL HEALTH PROTECTION SCHEME AND HUMAN RIGHT TO HEALTH

By Saurabh Bhattacharjee The announcement of the flagship National Health Protection Scheme [NHPS] by the Finance Minister. Mr Arun Jaitley in his budget speech earlier this week has led to renewed attention on the direction of public healthcare in India. Branded by some as the ‘Modicare’, the scheme promises to provide an insurance cover uptoRs. … Continue reading WHY ‘MODICARE’ IS NOT A GAME-CHANGER: NATIONAL HEALTH PROTECTION SCHEME AND HUMAN RIGHT TO HEALTH

External Aid Of Interpreting Statutes – Speech Orated By Ministers Who Present The Bill

by Saniya Mirani The Indian judiciary resorts to two types of aids in interpreting a statute – internal and external aids to interpretation. Internal aids include the preamble, marginal notes, and headings of the relevant statute, etc., while external aids include legislative history, and surrounding social circumstances, amongst others. The external aids are only resorted … Continue reading External Aid Of Interpreting Statutes – Speech Orated By Ministers Who Present The Bill