Law


MICHAEL JACKSON: A CHILD ABUSER ‘KING OF POP’? Law / People

“MTV Generation” is a rather dismissive way of referring to the ‘ferociously independent’ – whatever that means – and ‘loud-music loving’ generation of youths with heavily ‘studded’ nostrils, earlobes and eyebrows, and sometimes, well, also the tongue, navel and what not. That, of course, is just one of the impressions that many oldies carry. There might certainly be many other equally, more or less charitable...

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SHAYAN MUNSHI: Better Known For Courtroom Lies Than Acting Law / People

The boy-next-door-look coupled with a conventional model’s body gave him some of his modeling contracts and also landed him a Bollywood flick with acclaimed Indian actors, Rahul Bose and Sanjay Suri. What’s more, the movie turned out to be a hit. We have neither forgotten Jhankar Beats , nor Shayan Munshi, the unsure lover boy, but he is remembered far less for the part he...

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Facebook and the Law: Nothing ‘Private’ About It Law

Sharing is life. Enter Facebook. No, I am not beginning to run it down for the simple reason that for all its flaws and ill-effects – if ‘it’ has any of those and not the users – it is a remarkable tool to connect and answers to our most basic need at all times since the Stone Age – collaboration. Yes, ‘collaboration’ is indeed a...

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No ‘clean chit’ possible, Mr. Modi Law / Politics

Modi’s ‘clean chit’ flag-hoisting followed by the pompous ‘fasting’ and the post-fast boasting was a three-stage tragi-comedy of no consequence and left me more disgusted than amused exposing my misgivings about my ability to go giggling even over the most ridiculously phony theatrics. Mr. Modi, who had maintained a ‘studied’ – rather, ‘tactful’ – political silence, finally found a bit of his voice when he...

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Freedom of Press: Is Regulation Encroachment? Law

Unhe raha gurez jis bewajah ke shor se; Jamooriyat hai zinda un kehkahon ke zor se Democracies are clamorous because people are noisy, and the senseless noises they make are generally not only of no consequence, but are also born of selfish motives in most cases while in some it’s plain malice at work. But, it is this baffling disorder that is the heart and...

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Jihadist Terrorism: Is Death Penalty Enough? Law

With Kasab’s judicially mandated death, if and when it takes place, we would finally have the satisfaction of having buried another drying leaf of the carnivorous forest of terrorism. Of course, none of us is naïve enough to believe that the forest would even do as much as spend a moment in silence at the burial. It’s business as usual. But the newly planted saplings...

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Pornography Law: Savita Bhabhis must go Law

When a certain website with pornographic content was ordered to shut shop, the debate whether the government had the right to slap such an order under the existing law came raging ahead. But then, it is not just a question of whether or not the existing law allows the government to take such a step, but whether or not the state has the right to...

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Live-ins: Legally valid, culturally well-endorsed Law

Pairs are made and marriages arranged in heaven; only weddings are organized down here. This divinity-laced understanding of the very social institution of marriage must have suffered massive setback at the hands of the divorce courts. The heaven-made bond could be so easily undone by things as ephemeral as ink and paper. It was bound to raise a few very relevant questions and a far...

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Abetment of suicide, Rathore and 3 Idiots Law

Smirk. Yes, it was that disgustingly mocking smirk on Rathore’s face that made the nation turn around and say collectively, “Wait, you dirty old man, we’ll wipe that sickening smile off your shameless face!” And a public trial began, wherein he was promptly held ‘guilty more-than-charged’. The media zoomed into Rathore and put him under such dazzling light with such consistency that he could neither...

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Consent to abort: Supreme Court in error? Law

The Indian Apex Court has ruled that a physically major and mentally minor girl, who has no concept of sexual intercourse, pregnancy or motherhood, has the right to decide whether or not she wants to give birth to a child conceived of rape. Since under the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971 (MTP Act) pregnancy cannot be terminated without express consent of the mother, the...

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