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Karan Kumar

Karan Kumar is a 22 Year Old Student from Jindal Global Law School. He completed his bachelors in commerce from Delhi University. His primary areas of interest are constitutional law, criminal law and feminist jurisprudence.


Law and Religion

Why India’s ‘blasphemy law’ should go

Paired with the fact that a suit can be filed at any of the 600 district courts across the nation, Section 295A of the Indian Penal Code prima facie seems facilitative of abuse and harassment. This misuse was pre-empted by the Section’s drafting committee which feared that it might be used to target not just the ‘scurrilous scribbler’, but also any form criticism or mere comment upon religious matters.

August 21,2018


All about NRC, a dangerous list

Four million people are “foreigners” in Assam, despite having lived there for decades. As the National Register of Citizens is released, here’s a look back at its tumultuous official history, stemming from the updation of the NRC being conducted as per the Supreme Court directive issued in 2005. This directive was in furtherance of the tripartite agreement entered into by the Central government, State government and the All Assam Students Union (AASU) to enforce the 1985 Assam Accords.

July 30,2018

Law and Religion

Sabarimala, Day 5: Gods over individuals?

Advoates Giri and Sai Deepak argued that the deity had rights under Articles 21 and 25(1), and stated that the will of the deity to remain a ‘brahmachari’ needs to be respected.

July 26,2018

Democracy and Rule of Law

Right to protest strengthens democracy: SC

The bench of Justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan stressed the importance of ‘direct participation in public affairs where individuals and groups are able to express dissent and grievances, expose the flaws in governance and demand accountability’, especially in the Indian context to aid ‘the assertion of the rights of the marginalised and poorly represented minorities’.

July 24,2018

Parliament Watch

Rahul wins the day

TDP’s Jayadev Galla, TMC’s Sougata Roy and finally Prime Minister Narendra Modi too held their own, but it was the Congress president who stole the show in Parliament on Friday.

July 21,2018

Water Rights

CWDT dissolved: Key takeaways

The Supreme Court has authoritatively established that it is the final adjudicatory body for inter-state water disputes, putting an end to the uncertainty arising from Section 11 of the Act of 1956 when read with Art 262(2) of the Constitution of India.

July 20,2018

Freedom of Speech

SMCH: A full-scale surveillance state

The SMCH can reasonably be construed to be a surveillance mechanism encompassing the entire digital space, laying the groundwork for an information system where it only flows from a Statist source, with all dissenters silenced into fear of State sanction.

July 18,2018

Freedom of Speech

What about Shah Faesal’s freedom of speech?

The J&K bureaucrat’s resolve to not back down has initiated discourse regarding the Government gagging its employees via draconian laws, the importance of Fundamental Rights, and why Rules such as those in question need to be struck down as they deprive individuals of their civil liberties.

July 16,2018

Section 377

Constitutional challenge to #Section377: 8 notable takeaways from the hearings so far

Indicative of a far more liberal, advanced and nuanced understanding of issues pertaining to sexuality as compared to 2013, the Court, through the conduct of its officers on both sides of the bench, has displayed a departure from the primitive and regressive understanding of homosexuality being a disease or a medical disorder.

July 12,2018

Freedom of Speech

A David-versus-Goliath battle

Defamation suits can be filed at any of the 600-plus district courts across the country, furthering complainants’ objective to harass adversaries by forcing them to engage in long-drawn, financially draining legal battles.

July 9,2018

Democracy and Rule of Law

Singling out WhatsApp is misguided

State’s response reflects its incompetence to deal with issues stemming from technology and the dangers posed by digital conglomerates like Facebook (WhatsApp’s parent company) with the explosion of internet in India.

July 4,2018