CLPR Broadcast | August 2021

August 5, 2021 | Ritambhara Singh

 

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Horizontal Reservation for Transgender Persons 

The Karnataka Government has become the first state government to notify 1% reservation for transgender persons in public employment across General, Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and OBC categories (horizontal reservation). This was the result of a public interest litigation in the Karnataka High Court in which CLPR represented Jeeva – an organisation working for the rights of transgender persons and sexual minorities. Sangama v. State of Karnataka challenged the notification for recruitment to the Karnataka State Police which did not have a transgender persons category. The state government informed that it was in the process of providing reservations to transgender persons under the OBC category. CLPR, representing Jeeva, filed an intervention to provide for horizontal reservations instead. Read the order here. 
Lawyers’ Workshop on The Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention Of Atrocities) Act, 1989 | Tamil Nadu 

On 3rd July 2021, CLPR organised an online lawyers’ workshop on The Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities ) Act, 1989 for lawyers in Tamil Nadu. The objective of the workshop was to build the capacity of litigators from Tamil Nadu to provide better legal aid to the victims and witnesses of caste atrocities. Read More
CSO Workshop on The Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 | Telangana 

On 31st July 2021, CLPR organised an online Civil Society Organisations (CSOs)  workshop on The Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989. The objective behind this workshop was to raise legal awareness and build the capacities of civil society organisations and activists working on tackling caste discrimination. Such workshops are organised as part of our efforts to secure better implementation of the laws on caste discrimination in India. 

Cases and Materials on the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989
CLPR compiled a document that includes the important judgments and materials on the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities ) Act, 1989. The document contains brief case summaries for each judgment along with the full judgments. Please access the report here

Who’s on Trial Here? A Deep Dive into the Tarun Tejpal Verdict

On 20th July 2021, CLPR in association with the Network of Women in Media (NWMI) and the Bangalore International Centre (BIC), conducted a session looking at the legal issues and concerns in the widely-criticised Tarun Tejpal judgment. In this panel discussion, Jayna Kothari discussed the issue of ‘Digital Strip Search’ of the survivor and how it needs to be stopped as it erodes trust in the criminal justice system. She also talked about Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) and how organisations are obligated to establish it. Watch here.
Ethics in AI Talk Series: Information Regulation, Artificial Intelligence and Governance
On 8th July 2021, CLPR and the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIMB) co-hosted a webinar: ‘Ethics in AI Talk Series: A Conversation on Information Regulation, Artificial Intelligence, and Governance’. The webinar presented research from CLPR’s project titled ‘Public Law of Information for India’. Dr. Sudhir Krishnaswamy discussed the lack of data protection and the importance of a strong legal and regulatory framework. Read More

Blog
In light of current events, our blog posts discussed dowry death and population control measures. The first blog talks about the dowry death of Snehalatha Mukhopadhyay and its impact on anti-dowry campaigns. The second analyses the recent Uttar Pradesh Population (Control, Stabilization and Welfare) Bill, 2021.

ConstitutionofIndia.net 

In July, Constitutionofindia.net’s This Month in Constitution Making‘ highlighted a key constitutional development of July 1946: the emergence of an early version of what would become the Preamble of the Constitution of India. Our Desk Briefs gave an overview of the 24th amendment, explored the potential of livestreaming in strengthening democracy in India, and emphasised how marriage is a key site for social transformation.

Additions to our Constituent Assembly member biographies include Krishnamoorthy Rao, who wanted Hindi to be a common language across India and BH Khardekar, who famously defended an individual’s right to drink alcohol.

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