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Linguistic inclusion on the internet

Linguistic inclusion on the internet

By AlokeThakore

Not a single one of the Eighth Schedule Indian languages is used by more...

Net neutrality: Superhighway to digital inclusion

Net neutrality: Superhighway to digital inclusion

By Ashoak Upadhyay

If users have to pay for the services available via the internet unde...

Ambivalent internet: Freedoms and fears

Ambivalent internet: Freedoms and fears

By Shivani Gupta

The internet is not a gender-neutral space. Women from patriarchal backg...

Digital inequality in the Global South

Digital inequality in the Global South

By TT Sreekumar

Studies which focus on information and communication technologies (ICTs)...

Caste concerns in landmark e-governance projects

Caste concerns in landmark e-governance projects

By Rahul De’

Many e-governance programmes in developing countries reach into the furthes...

Children burn toy guns in Thoubal district of Manipur in a protest against the violent culture imposed on them by more than 40 years of insurgency and suppression

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The most significant part of a recent Supreme Court judgment hearing a case of caste discrimination is that it directs state governments to hold administrative and police officials accountable for caste discrimination of all kinds, and recommends their prosecution

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India’s Supreme Court allowed rights activist Dr Binayak Sen bail and made the point that being a sympathiser of a banned organisation does not amount to sedition

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In a new report, the human rights agency slams the Indian government for detaining thousands of people on vague charges under the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act, and has called for its repeal

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It’s a black day for human rights in India say activists, after doctor and human rights activist Binayak Sen, sentenced to life imprisonment for sedition, was denied bail by the Chhattisgarh High Court

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Various religious and social groups have objected to the landmark Delhi High Court ruling of July 2009 decriminalising homosexuality, and will be heard in appeal

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Corporate employment for scheduled castes and tribes is not proportionate with their numbers finds the first ever caste survey done by CII

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Whether we agree or disagree with Binayak Sen’s worldview or his politics, we must speak to defend not just his freedom to dissent but, crucially, our own right to be democratic, says Gautam Bhan

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A Chhattisgarh court convicted doctor and civil rights activist Dr Binayak Sen to life imprisonment for sedition and conspiracy, charges that he and his supporters maintain are false

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A leaked diplomatic cable in the ongoing series of leaks by Wikileaks reveals a Red Cross assessment, gleaned from on-site visits, of widespread torture of prisoners in Kashmir by Indian security forces

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A hard-hitting report by Human Rights Watch indicts the Border Security Force, deployed along the India-Bangladesh border, of unwarranted shootings, killings and torture,and of being allowed to do so by the Indian government

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A three-member Supreme Court Bench in Pakistan has asked the interior and foreign affairs ministries, as well as the Sindh government, to submit a concise statement by August 26 on the detention of Indian fishermen in Pakistani jails

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With India Inc not being seen as having done enough about affirmative action over the last five years, the government plans to insist on a 5% reservation in jobs by the private sector for disadvantaged sections, particularly scheduled castes and scheduled tribes

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Bhaiyalal Bhotmange, the lone survivor of the Khairlanji massacre, has announced that he will independently appeal in the Supreme Court against the recent Bombay High Court verdict

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The Central Bureau of Investigation had pleaded for the death penalty for all the accused in the Khairlanji killings case. But the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court held that the case did not fall in the ‘rarest of rare’ category

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With no consensus about stricter punishment for the people behind honour killings, the Union Cabinet has decided to defer the proposed Khap Bill along with a move to amend existing laws to deal effectively with the social menace

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The mortality rate amongst homeless people in India is unacceptably high, prompting calls for urgent shelters for the homeless from the Special Commissioner to the Supreme Court

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Union Minister for Law and Justice M Veerappa Moily says the Centre is coming up with a stricter provision in the law to stop honour killings

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The Ministry of Home Affairs, in reply to a query under the Right to Information Act, revealed that Naxal violence had claimed over 10,000 lives in the past five years, but denies ‘Operation Green Hunt’ in Naxal-affected areas

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Taking serious note of the growing number of cases of honour killing, the Supreme Court has issued notices to the Centre, the Haryana government and six other states asking about the steps taken so far to protect young couples

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India ranks as a ‘Tier II Watch List’ country -- only one level better than worst-performing Tier III countries such as Saudi Arabia and Zimbabwe -- in the 2010 Trafficking in Persons report (TIP) compiled by the US State Department

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The world has become less peaceful over the last year, despite a drop in the number of armed conflicts, according to this year’s Global Peace Index

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After remaining headless for over a year, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), on June 3, 2010, finally got a chief with the government appointing former Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishnan to the post

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Terming the killing of a 70-year-old dalit and his 18-year-old physically challenged daughter in Jat-dominated Mirchpur village in Haryana’s Hissar district “extremely serious”, the Supreme Court has sought a response from the Haryana government on reports that 150 dalit families had fled Hissar district fearing further attacks by upper-caste Jats

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The central Indian state of Chhattisgarh is on high alert in the wake of mass killings by Maoists in Dantewada district and a two-day bandh called by the ultras from Tuesday to protest on-going operations by the security forces in five states

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Nearly six decades after they were denotified as criminal tribes, Pardhis and Kanjars are still treated as criminals by the authorities in Madhya Pradesh

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India’s Supreme Court has said that use of the truth drug by the police to question suspects is illegal and a violation of their fundamental rights

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Even as khap panchayats (caste councils) demand that the Hindu Marriage Act be amended, seeking a ban on marriages amongst blood relations as well as people within the same village, Karanji, a small village in Maharashtra, opens its doors to inter-caste marriages

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Mirchpur village in Haryana’s Hissar district was the site of violent caste clashes that broke out following an argument over the pelting of a dog. The dalit Balmikis are demanding justice after upper caste Jats stormed and set fire to their homes, killing two people

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The Indian government is to bring in an anti-torture law to ratify the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment adopted by the UN General Assembly on December 9, 1975. India signed the Convention in October 1997

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If it is unable to curb prostitution, the government should consider legalising it so that it can monitor the trade and rehabilitate workers, says the Supreme Court

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The Kerala High Court says love is not a crime and that allegations of forced conversions in the guise of love target a particular community

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India’s Election Commission has given transgenders an independent identity by letting them state their gender as ‘other’ on ballot forms. Thus far, transgenders have been forced to describe their gender as being either male or female. Their recognition as an independent group is the first step towards official recognition of a community that has so far remained on the margins of society

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Dalits in Chettipulam village, in Tamil Nadu’s Nagapattinam district, entered the Kamakshi Amman Sametha Ekambareshwarar temple in the presence of a huge police gathering. Tension prevailed on October 14 when a mob opposing the dalits’ entry into the temple clashed with police

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A three-member group of ministers decides not to oppose the Delhi High Court judgment legalising homosexuality even though some members of the Union Cabinet express reservations about supporting a gay rights law

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Expressing shock over the abysmally low conviction rate for cases of atrocities against dalits and adivasis, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asks state governments to pay more attention to the issue and “pursue on priority” court cases related to such matters

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In a significant judgment, the apex court upheld a woman’s right to have a child even if she is mentally challenged

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The authorities at Tihar jail, which began HIV screening a year ago, are shocked at the number of inmates who have tested positive, most of them drug users

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The Delhi High Court has legalised gay sex among consenting adults, holding that the law making it a criminal offence violates fundamental rights

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Until recently, the central government has been divided over the issue of legalising homosexuality. Now, the home ministry says, Section 377 is “an absurdity in the present day”

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According to the National Crime Records Bureau, the city of Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh was the second most unsafe city for women in India, after Delhi, in 2007-2008. And, crimes against dalits rose by 5% in Uttar Pradesh despite the state having a dalit chief minister

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Even as an Indian youth battles for life after a brutal attack on a group of four Indian students in Australia, Amnesty International says that the global economic downturn has aggravated human rights violations, and xenophobia is on the rise

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The Supreme Court has finally granted Dr Binayak Sen bail, after two long years. Human rights activists hope the case will be resolved soon

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Calling homosexuality normal, three psychiatrists have asked the government to abolish Section 377, the law that makes homosexuality a criminal activity

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The international rights body also expresses concern that an auxiliary force of special police officers, intended only for civilian law enforcement, is being used in armed operations against Maoist insurgents in Orissa

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In its ‘World Report 2009’, Human Rights Watch says India lacks the “will and capacity” to implement many laws and policies despite an overarching commitment to respecting citizens’ freedom to express their views, peacefully protest and form their own organisations

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