ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Isolated Complaints Committees

The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 has been translated into policies against sexual harassment in corporations and organisations and in many higher education institutions. This article draws on our joint experiences working on Internal Complaints Committees in HEIs to examine current practices and show the new issues and concerns that have emerged, and how accumulating case law impacts the implementation of the act. We point out some best practices of HEIs to show that despite continuing challenges, ICCs have tried to not only secure justice for survivors of sexual harassment but also created broader support systems for them.

Sexual Harassment: The Conundrum of Law, Due Process, and Justice

The author draws on her experience of being part of sexual harassment complaints committees to highlight the loopholes in the current legal framework as well as the difficulties in formulating a law that is applicable to and effective for women across complexities of caste, class, and industry. The questions of due process and the quest for justice form important aspects of the picture.

Life in an Indian Prison

Colours of the Cage: A Prison Memoir by Arun Ferreira (New Delhi: Aleph Book Company), 2014; pp 164, Rs 295.

Remembering Shahid Azmi

Advocate Shahid Azmi, whose work centred on seeking to redress the injustices suffered by Muslim youth who were falsely implicated in criminal cases, was shot dead on 11 February in his Kurla office in Mumbai. He knew that he was targeted and tried to take precautions, but he would not bring himself to turn his back on the people who frequented his office, seeking justice. Having been through acute suffering himself, Azmi empathised with others' suffering at a fundamental human level. It would have been impossible for him to live with himself had he given up this work.

Death Penalty

India has retained the death penalty on the ground that it will be awarded only in the 'rarest of rare cases' and 'for special reasons'. In fact, India is one of 78 retentionist countries and has even retained the death penalty for political offences. The Supreme Court also has refused to lay down a clear distinction of what constitutes 'rarest of rare cases' and left it to the discretion of judges hearing the case, knowing that this would lead to a differing set of results. But as this article argues, the death penalty needs to be opposed on just not moral grounds but also because of the political economy of crime and punishment.

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