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India Supreme Court recognizes legal status for transgender people
April 15, 2014
The Supreme Court of India issued a ruling on Tuesday recognizing the country's large transgender population as a legal third gender. In so ruling, the court ordered that the government ensure that transgender people are not discriminated against and are eligible for government jobs and education in....... [more]

Musharraf appeals denial of military court trial
March 6, 2014
Lawyers for former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf filed an appeal to the Supreme Court on Thursday challenging the decision not to allow Musharraf's high treason charge to be tried in military court. A special court was set up in February to try the former president, denying Musharraf's request....... [more]

India high court declines to review law criminalizing homosexuality
January 28, 2014
The Supreme Court of India on Tuesday declined to review its controversial decision to reinstate India Penal Code Section 377 which criminalizes homosexuality in the country. Judges on India's high court dismissed petitions from government ministers and rights activists who argued the court's decisi....... [more]

India high court commutes 15 death sentences to life in prison
January 22, 2014
A three-judge panel for the Supreme Court of India ruled Tuesday that a death sentence can be commuted to a life sentence based upon the government's delay. In ruling, the court nullified the death sentences of 15 prisoners, some of whom were convicted of aiding in the murder of former prime ministe....... [more]

Morocco considers amending rape law
January 10, 2014
The Justice and Human Rights Commission of Morocco's parliament on Thursday announced a proposal to amend Article 475 of the penal code, which allows rapists to avoid charges if they marry their victims. This practice is currently encouraged in countries such as Morocco and India, where the loss of....... [more]

India president signs anti-corruption bill
January 2, 2014
Indian President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday signed into law a landmark anti-graft bill passed by parliament in December. The new law creates a corruption ombudsman with extensive power to prosecute politicians and civil servants to create a "bribe-free India." The bill was approved by parliament....... [more]

India's Archaic Turn on Equality
December 28, 2013
JURIST Guest Columnist Shubhankar Dam of the Singapore Management University School of Law says that Indian Supreme Court has dangerously rolled back the clock on LGBT rights, threatening the ongoing process of progressive reform in Asia ... More than four years after the Delhi High Court invalidate....... [more]

India Supreme Court reinstates gay sex ban
December 11, 2013
The Supreme Court of India on Wednesday reinstated an 1861 law prohibiting sex between consenting adults of the same sex, overturning a lower court decision. The law, Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, was passed during the British colonial era and calls for a 10-year sentence for "carnal interco....... [more]

New Delhi court begins appeal on death sentence for four convicted of rape
November 2, 2013
The High Court in New Delhi on Saturday began the appeal of the death penalty sentence for the fatal gang-rape of an Indian student last December. Although six men were charged with the rape and murder of the student, only four received the death penalty. The fifth suspect died while imprisoned in....... [more]

A Rope for Rape?
October 21, 2013
JURIST Guest Columnist Ashish Goel, an LL.M. candidate at King's College London, discusses a recent death penalty conviction and how to improve India's current system...The death penalty debate in India largely centers on the same old but rephrased arguments based on deterrence and reformation. Peop....... [more]

India MP convicted of corruption
September 30, 2013
An Indian court on Monday convicted Lalu Prasad Yadav, a former federal minister of India's state of Bihar and current MP, of corruption, criminal conspiracy and cheating. Yadav and 44 others were found guilty of conspiracy and cheating over a scam in the mid 1990s that siphoned USD $6 million of pu....... [more]


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