From the chastity of the white Christian wedding veil to the passionate crimson on a Hindu bride, the reasons to wear a veil are many: modesty, austerity, a marital symbol, protection, and the most important – a conscious choice by a woman to decide what she feels most comfortable in.
Posts published in “Gender and Human Rights”
India’s movement for freedom was unique for its reform of regressive social attitudes and norms towards women and marginalised sections of society. But in recent times, the attitudes and norms in some parts of India towards gender and human rights have been a source of concern. Freedom Gazette is reviving India’s legacy as a progressive leader on these issues.
Despite several laws that have been enacted to protect the interests of labourers and migrant workers, most of the provisions are hardly implemented. The Interstate Migrant Workmen Act, for instance, was designed to protect migrant workers. But only 309 people have been registered under the law.
Climate migrants need to be dealt with in a three-pronged approach: firstly, invest in resilient infrastructure in disaster-prone areas; secondly, regulate the migratory process; and lastly, develop a comprehensive legal framework that accommodates the needs and rights of climate migrants.
The Constituent Assembly had excluded the sedition law from the original Constitution, since several members were deeply concerned by how vague and unrestrained it is. Even other countries that used to have a sedition law have since repealed it. India's continued use is a betrayal of the freedom struggle.
For a country that has dealt with several waves of refugees, it seems counter-intuitive that India does not have an established domestic law on refugees or a concrete refugee policy. This big gap will become a huge problem, as climate change displaces thousands into India in the years and decades ahead.
Indian courts are constantly under pressure to impose capital punishment for sexual offenses, despite little to no proof that capital punishment directly deters crime in our society. But a more effective solution to sexual violence has already been found in the rest of the world: rehabilitation.
In 2019, the Indian government ordered an internet shutdown a whopping 103 times on various occasions. Multiple High Courts, most recently in Uttar Pradesh and Assam, have ruled that internet shutdowns violate fundamental rights. Yet, in Jammu and Kashmir, there has been no respite. Why?