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Allowing the State to Designate Someone as a ‘Terrorist’ Without Trial is Dangerous

Allowing the State to Designate Someone as a ‘Terrorist’ Without Trial is Dangerous

The Wire / by Siddharth Varadarajan

The UAPA Amendment Bill is the single most dangerous piece of legislation the country has ever seen.
Should government officials and politicians – even upstanding democrats with a long record of respecting the rule of law like home minister Amit Shah – be trusted with the power to designate an individual as a “terrorist”, that too, without that person being tried and convicted?
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As Bhima Koregaon case accused await bail hearings, families decry dehumanising jail conditions

As Bhima Koregaon case accused await bail hearings, families decry dehumanising jail conditions

Firstpost / by Meena Menon

‘Nyayadhin Bandi Kothdi,’ says a board tucked away in a secluded corner of the Sessions Court complex at Shivajinagar, Pune. That is where the under-trial prisoners who are produced in court are kept in transit from Yerwada Jail. Anxious relatives braved the rain on Thursday (27 June) to get a glimpse of their family members, but a thunderstorm put paid to that. Under-trial prisoners here are escorted to court, tied with thick rope, against Supreme Court rulings. However, the police are more careful with regard to the nine arrested in the high-profile Bhima Koregaon case where they seem to obey the law.
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Bhima Koregaon undertrials write to Governor, seek release

Bhima Koregaon undertrials write to Governor, seek release

The Hindu / by Sonam Saigal Mumbai

`If we want democracy to function as per Constitution political prisoners must be released’

All nine activists arrested and booked for cases related to the Bhima Koregaon violence have written to Maharashtra’s Governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao appealing, “if we really want democracy to function as per the Indian Constitution then all political prisoners should be released.“
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My mother was wrongly jailed for ‘waging war’ on India. A professor with bad knees, no bed

My mother was wrongly jailed for ‘waging war’ on India. A professor with bad knees, no bed

The Print / by Koel Sen

Our Supreme Court sings paeans to the supremacy of ‘human liberty’. What good is ‘liberty’ if you have drained a human’s life even before a trial has begun?
Growing up, I would often call my mother ‘Jhansi ki Rani’ because she wouldn’t be deterred by having to carry her child whenever someone knocked on our door for help.
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Women’s Groups Release A Statement Prior To The 2019 Lok Sabha Elections

Women’s Groups Release A Statement Prior To The 2019 Lok Sabha Elections

feminisminindia.com / By WomenMarch4Change

For the last five years, women of India have watched with growing anger as our struggles for equality have been dented and our hard-won freedoms undermined. We have watched the present government and its followers spread misogyny, hate and lies across this land. Today, on the eve of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, we say, NO MORE!
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