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Why Parliament passing 10% quota Bill against ‘economic backwardness’ defeats the constitutional mandate of reservation

Both the Houses of Parliament have passed the current Minster of Social Justice and Empowerment, Dr Thaawarchand Gehlot’s Bill titled ‘the Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty Fourth Amendment) Bill, 2019’. The Bill sought to amend Articles 15 and 16 of the Constitution to provide a maximum of 10% reservation in public employment and higher educational…
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Reduce timeline of six weeks given to Chief Minister/Governor to expedite appointment process: Parliamentary Standing Committee

A Department-Related Parliamentary Standing Committee On Personnel, Public Grievances, Law And Justice, headed by Member of Parliament (MP) Bhupender Yadav  in its Ninety-ninth Report on Action Taken on Ninety-sixth Report of the Committee on Demands for Grants (2018-19) pertaining to the Ministry of Law and Justice presented in Parliament on January 3, 2019 has desired…
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Lok Sabha passes Personal Laws (Amendment) Bill to drop leprosy as ground for divorce

The Lok Sabha on Monday, January 7, 2018, passed The Personal Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2018 that seeks to seeks to amend the Divorce Act, 1869 (4 of 1869), the Dissolution of Muslim Marriages Act, 1939 (8 of 1939), the Special Marriage Act, 1954 (43 of 1954), the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 (25 of 1955) and…
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Regressive, flawed and contrary to rights: The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2018 passed by Lok Sabha

Amidst loud protests over Rafale judgment and sparse attendance, the Lok Sabha passed the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2018 (“the Bill”) on December 17, 2018. Introduced in August 2016, the Bill was widely criticised for introducing an offensive and archaic definition of transgender persons with expressions like “neither wholly male or wholly female”…
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