ART bill not queer friendly

The opposition claims that the recently passed bill in the Lok Sabha is discriminatory for LGBTQIA+ community and single men seeking fatherhood. Queer activists say that the Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Regulation Bill is not only discriminatory but also homophobic in nature. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) minister says that the contradiction in two existing laws […]

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Man loses arm, claims police brutality

A fact-finding report by human rights organizations says that he was illegally detained. By Souptik Datta, Mrunmayee Kulkarni and Supriya Mehta Bengaluru: Salman Khan, a resident of Varthur, had to have his arm amputated because of alleged police brutality, according to a fact-finding report compiled by the National Confederation of Human Rights Organizations, the All […]

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Law students demand cancellation of exams

Slogans demanding the resignation of KSLU VC, Ishwara Bhat were hurled at the protest site. The Karnataka State Law University (KSLU) students staged a protest alongside National Student Union of India (NSUI) at Maurya Circle. Promotion to next semester, resolution of errors in results and clarity on repeaters exam were some of their demands. Ranganath, […]

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Legal advice just a call away, not really

Tele-law service was launched as a part of Digital India campaign in 2017. Tele-law services are still not available at Common Service Centres (CSC) across Bengaluru although it has been operational across the country since December 2019. There are 51,434 CSCs in the country and 753 of these centers are in Karnataka. Out of these, […]

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Demands for dowry: officially low, actually not so

Official data shows a decline in dowry harassment cases in the city last year. Activists disagree. Cases of dowry harassment have decreased by 22.71 percent from 2019 to 2020 in Bengaluru. Women’s rights activists attribute this to the under-reporting of cases rather than an actual decline. In the last five years, according to the National […]

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Free legal aid, known to few

Free legal aid still a foreign concept despite the attempts of NALSA to spread awareness about it. Underprivileged people are still unaware of free legal aid, despite the efforts by National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) to spread literacy about their legal rights. Chandrakala Yadav, a shop owner in Golahalli, said that she has spent approximately […]

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Sewage treatment becomes costlier

Around 15,000 apartments in Bengaluru are mandated to set up sewage water treatment. Residents worry about high tax on installation and operation. Eighteen percent Goods and Services Tax (GST) on water treatment plants is discouraging sewage treatment users in Karnataka.The government has mandated water treatment installation in apartments. The high GST concerns residents. Chandrani Sarkar, […]

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