Tuesday, 25 January, 2022
TopicHuman Rights Watch

Topic: Human Rights Watch

Cow vigilantes killed at least 44 people in three years, report finds

Nearly 300 people have been injured in more than 100 attacks by cow vigilantes between May 2015 and December 2018

Modi govt failed to prevent mob attacks, its leaders supported accused: HRW

Rights watchdog accuses Modi government of stifling dissent, red-flags UP encounters and deaths in the Sterlite protests that rocked TN. 

Video of two Pakistani girl students thrashing their harassers goes viral on social media

Here’s what’s happening across the border: Imran Khan hits back at critics who made fun of his ‘poultry plan’, and Human Rights Watch asks Pakistan to not execute mentally challenged prisoners.

Kashmir belongs to Pakistan, Afridi backtracks after row

Here’s what’s happening across the border: Two newspapers served notices for misquoting Chief Justice of Pakistan; Pakistan's Punjab village’s men fought during WW1.

South Africa rejects demand by Kashmir groups to arrest Narendra Modi for ‘war crimes’

PM scheduled to visit the country for BRICS summit; SA’s prosecuting agency says UN report ‘inadequate’ for legal action

Women with disability face higher risk of sexual violence & lower access to justice in India

There is very little understanding of the autonomy and agency of women who live with disability, among the police, doctors and even judges.  

Talk Point: Levels of impunity enjoyed by perpetrators are alarming

No matter how good the law is, it is doomed to remain on paper if unaccompanied by public education, behavioural change and enforement of rule of law.

Talk Point: We need a mechanism to root out false rape cases, without any compromise

Chargesheeting rate in rape cases is high. Conviction rate has, however, gone down post-Nirbhaya incident. If stricter laws were a solution, we should have had a better situation.

Talk Point: Committees instituted to help make us feel responsible for assault

The HRW report only goes to show how structures of “due process” often don’t work, especially for women at the intersections of multiple marginalisations.

Talk Point: Maharashtra rape survivor aid scheme lost in red tape

Maharashtra was one of the first states to roll out a landmark scheme for helping rape survivors and victims of child abuse following the outrage over the gang-rape of a photojournalist in a Mumbai mill in 2013.

On Camera

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Liberals mourning India Gate flame must also recall some dark aspects of the colonial Army

The moving of the flame seems, to some, as part of an ongoing extinguishing of the Indian Army’s heritage of secularism, decency and righteousness.

South-East Asia’s SMEs are underperforming. Their ‘digital revolution’ depends on fintech

Digitisation of South-East Asia's economy during the pandemic is uneven. The growth in digital services has favoured individual consumers, not SMEs.

Defence

File photo of Scorpene-class submarine 'INS Vela', at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai | ANI

Kamov choppers, submarine torpedoes among deals defence ministry will review this week

Ministry is reviewing all procurement under the ‘Buy (Global)’ category, under which equipment is bought directly from foreign manufacturers, amid govt's 'Atmanirbhar' push.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.
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