Sheena Bora Murder Case: The elite society murder mystery

By Shrutika Garg, Jamnalal Bajaj School of Legal Studies, Banasthali Vidyapith.

Also known as the mother of all murder mysteries, the infamous Sheena Bora murder case came in the media’s glare and has eventually become one of the most mysterious cases in Indian history. Sheena’s alleged mother Indrani Mukherji, an Indian HR consultant and media executive, her ex- husband Sanjeev Khanna and her driver Shyam Rai have been questioned for her whereabouts. The twists and turns involved in this case are nothing short of the storyline in a daily soap opera.   (more…)

Would India be justified in doing away with the Death Penalty?-Decoding the 262nd Law Commission Report

By Vershika Sharma, National Law University, Jodhpur.

India is one of the 59 countries in the world that still retain death penalty even after the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 62/149 on 18-12-2007. 262nd Law Commission Report is the outcome of references made by the Supreme Court in death penalty matters to discuss and re-examine its previous reports and suggest changes considering recent debates and allegations on the national and international front. (more…)

Free Treatment of Acid Attack Victims: The SC Verdict

By Suhasini Srinivasan, Army Institute of Law, Mohali.

The Supreme Court on 10th April, 2015 asked all private hospitals throughout the country to provide free treatment, including medicines and corrective surgeries, to all acid attack victims and that private hospitals could neither “turn away” victims of acid attack nor wash their hands off after providing first aid. The order said that the term “treatment” included reconstructive surgery, free medicines, bed, rehabilitation and aftercare. The court also asked the Medical Council of India (MCI) to take up the issue of free treatment with private hospitals. This order came in response to a PIL filed by acid attack survivor Laxmi in the year 2006. During the hearing, the bench, which had fixed Rs 3 lakh as minimum compensation in such cases, was informed by Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh, appearing for the Centre, that the Victims Compensation Schemes have been put in place by almost all the state governments. (more…)

Preventing Terror by Creating Terror

By Shreyan Acharya, Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies.

India is known to be the largest democracy in the world. It has strongly cherished the principles of secularism in which various religions have been guaranteed their freedom. Today, there is rampant sectarian violence throughout the globe. India has been recently applauded by David Heyman for being able to keep the individuals away from the grip of ISIS influence inspite of having the second largest Muslim population in the world. It is widely believed that atrocities on minority communities is one of the principal reasons for the young mind to be diverted into evil practices. Also, depriving individuals of their personal liberty can result into evil acts. The indication directly goes to the recently passed anti-terror law, Gujarat Control of Terrorism and Organised Crime (GCTOC) bill, passed by the Gujarat Legislative Assembly. (more…)