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Deepa Punjani

Deepa Punjani is keenly interested in the dialogues possible between the judiciary and civil society and in the intersection between law, politics, and culture.


Book Review

The Unsafe Home

“Conflict in the Shared Household: Domestic Violence and the Law in India”: A Review

July 27,2019

Some Solace, Some Morale : Bombay HC Observes.

The Bombay High Court’s Stern Observations in the Dabholkar-Pansare Cases.

March 29,2019

Book Review

The Insidious Interlocking of Caste And Gender In India

Uma Chakravarti’s “Gendering Caste Through A Feminist Lens”

March 12,2019


Bulandshahr case: Vigilantism + Lynching = Murder

Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh has been gunned down in Bulandshahr in UP. Known as an upright man, he was the First Investigating Officer in the Mohammed Akhlaq cow lynching case in Dadri in 2015. His grieving sister suspects a conspiracy.

December 4,2018

The Leaflet Interview

Our diminishing ability to withhold consent mandates a data privacy law: Akash Karmakar

‘The Personal Data Protection Bill 2018 addresses some of these concerns. Some significant concepts introduced include the right to be forgotten, data portability, restrictions on cross-border data transmission, carve outs for anonymised data and journalistic purposes, and reporting requirements for personal data breaches.’

November 16,2018

Case update

#BhimaKoregaonArrests: Relief to Surendra Gadling, others

Stressing the provision available to the arrestees under the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPc), Justice Mridula Bhatkar says that the provision as contemplated by Section 167 of the Code is a “laudable provision” vindicating the right of the accused to be released after the stipulated period and an incomplete investigation beyond 90 days cannot be a ground to deny the accused bail.

October 25,2018

Democracy and Rule of Law

In pursuit of justice

The Bombay Lawyers Association was found in 2012 by lawyer Ahmed Abdi, who has been doggedly pursuing legal course in two curiously connected cases — the deaths of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Judge BH Loya — both of which are in turn connected to Amit Anilchandra Shah, now the national president of the BJP.

October 9,2018

Law and Technology

The Aadhaar verdict: Not good enough

Time will tell how Justice Chandrachud’s judgment will be regarded given that the constitutionality of the Aadhaar scheme and the Act of 2016 has been upheld by Justices Sikri, Khanwilkar, Bhushan, and the CJI Dipak Mishra. The only silver lining in this aspect is that the court declared that Money Bills, under which the Aadhaar Act was passed, are open to judicial scrutiny.

September 27,2018

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