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March 04 2022
Aryan Khan’s arrest: What should you know about drug-related crimes?
The Narcotics Control Bureau has arrested actor Shah Rukh Khan’s son, Aryan, and three others after a drug bust on board a cruise ship off the Mumbai coast. Five others were also detained for questioning. Which law regulates bail for drug-related crimes? In India, narcotic drugs like charas (hemp), ganja, opium etc., and psychotropic […]
March 11 2022
Can a person who complains about a drug-related crime also investigate the crime?
In India, narcotic drugs like charas (hemp), ganja, opium etc. are regulated by the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 (NDPS Act). The Act punishes the manufacture, possession, sale and use of these drugs. In a judgement today, the Supreme Court discussed a situation where a person who files a complaint (complainant) under the […]
February 26 2022
Can you get protection if you file a criminal complaint or witness a crime?
The survivor in the alleged rape case against former Karnataka Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi has written to the Karnataka High Court Chief Justice seeking protection for her life and safety. She asked the Court to take note of the threat she is facing, claiming that the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the case is acting in […]
March 11 2022
Committing a drug-related crime: What are the consequences?
Charas (hemp), ganja, opium – Who has not heard of these commonly used drugs? In India, narcotic drugs like these are regulated by the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 (NDPS Act). The Act punishes the manufacture, possession, sale and use of these drugs. In a recent order, the Orissa High Court said that […]
February 23 2022
Did you know that Intentionally Insulting any Religion is a Crime?
The Supreme Court has upheld the First Information Reports (FIRs) filed against journalist Amish Devgan for his remarks against Sufi saint Moinuddin Chishti. On June 15, while hosting his programme ‘Aar Par’, Devgan called the saint a ‘lootera’. How does Indian law punish religious offences? Sections 295 to 298 of the Indian Penal Code, […]
March 04 2022
Do you know the major religious crimes punishable under Indian law?
The Chief Justice of India, NV Ramana, has expressed concerns about the attempts in social media and online portals to give communal colour to news. In this context, let us look at the major religious offences under Indian law. How does Indian law punish religious offences? Sections 295 to 298 of the Indian Penal […]
February 24 2022
Hurting someone else is a Crime: What is the punishment?
In a case of gross negligence, twelve children were administered hand sanitiser drops instead of oral polio vaccine drops in a village in Yavatmal, Maharashtra. An inquiry is underway against three healthcare workers involved in the incident. What recourse do patients have? Under civil law, a patient can: Complain to the State Medical […]
March 05 2022
Is revenge porn a crime in India?
Trigger Warning: This post contains information about sexual abuse which some readers may find disturbing. The Allahabad High Court has denied bail to an accused, saying that knowledge of intimate images does not give them the permission to misuse the same, and that it is the role of the courts to protect the rights of […]
February 25 2022
Is deliberately harming someone’s reputation a crime?
The Delhi High Court has dismissed a criminal defamation complaint filed against the Business Standard newspaper and journalist Mitali Saran over an article with supposedly defamatory hints against the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). What is criminal defamation? If you deliberately make or publish any claim about another person with the intention to harm their […]
March 05 2022
Is marital rape a crime in India?
Trigger Warning: This post contains information about physical and sexual abuse which some readers may find disturbing. The Gujarat High Court acquitted a man accused of raping his wife who was a minor. It stated that non-interference in the matter would be a safer option for the wife. Which law punishes rape in India? The […]