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February 24 2022
Preventing child exploitation online: Facebook adds new features
Trigger Warning: This post contains information on physical violence and sexual violence which some readers may find disturbing. Facebook has added new features to control harassment and exploitation of children on its platform, focusing on posts involving child nudity, sexual exploitation, inappropriate interactions with children and non-sexual child abuse. Facebook will send a safety […]
March 04 2022
Online ragging: A persistent problem during the Covid-19 pandemic
Even during the Covid-19 pandemic, with most educational institutions functioning through online classes, around 300 ragging cases were reported to the University Grants Commission (UGC) helpline since June 2020. Around 50% of the complaints involve online harassment. Is ragging prohibited in Indian educational institutions? Yes. Ragging is prohibited under the UGC Regulations on Curbing […]
March 04 2022
Protecting medical professionals against violence
The Karnataka High Court has ordered the State government to place on record the steps taken for protecting medical practitioners from acts of violence committed by dissatisfied relatives of patients. Which law protects medical professionals from violence? In 2020, the government amended the Epidemic Diseases Act of 1897 to include protections for healthcare service […]
February 24 2022
The equal right of the LGBTQ+ community to display affection in public
The Allahabad High Court has said that members of the LGBTQ+ community can engage in public display of affection towards their partners, as long as it is not indecent or likely to disturb public order. In the Navtej Singh judgement, the Supreme Court held that the law does not criminalize consensual sexual relationships between […]
February 27 2022
What are the new Guidelines to protect children from sexual offences?
The Bombay High Court has issued guidelines for the effective implementation of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 (POCSO Act) which aims to protect children from offences of sexual assault, sexual harassment and pornography, and provides Special Courts for the trial of such offences. The Court held that the law gives […]
February 26 2022
What are the Dos and Don’ts while granting Bail for Sexual Crimes?
The Supreme Court has issued guidelines that courts should follow while dealing with sexual crimes, setting aside the Madhya Pradesh High Court’s order in which a man accused of sexual assault was asked to get a “rakhi” tied on his wrist by the survivor as a condition of bail. The Supreme Court said that […]
February 23 2022
What can you do against Police Inaction?
The Karnataka High Court has directed the station house officer of a Kalaburagi police station to clean the road in front of his police station for one week, after the officer failed to take note of a complaint by a mother whose son was allegedly abducted. In this context, let us look at the […]