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For Bilkis Bano, there is no remission. Pain and devastation have come a full circle almost two decades after she was raped brutally and lived through the murder of 14 members of her family, including that of her three-year-old daughter, in the Gujarat communal riots of 2002. With remission granted by the Gujarat government to 11 men who assaulted her and her family -- what Bilkis thought was closure, has become a rude and cruel reopening of her wounds.

In a detailed account, Bilkis’s lawyer Shobha Gupta talks to Article 14 about the shock and bewilderment at the decision of remission to convicted rapists and killers. This decision, she says, has defiled her client once again and overturning this travesty is society’s fight to fight – because “we are all Bilkis”.

The Economic Survey of 2019-20, introduced ‘Thalinomics’ – the price of the ingredients of a typical ‘thali’ for an average Indian family of five for a month. ThePrint uses this calculus to estimate that the price of the platter rose over 40 per cent in about seven years. This, it argues, threatens to worsen nutrition among the poor, impact children’s education and family health, and result in worsening poverty.

Recently, more than a few eyebrows were raised when a rape accused pleaded before the Kerala High Court to take down two articles detailing his personal information under his right to privacy. This, MediaNama reports, lit the fire on the debate between the ‘right to be forgotten’ and the right to privacy, especially since the Centre withdrew the Data Protection Bill in the Monsoon session of Parliament – leaving the courts without a legal framework to adjudicate the matter.

And, again in Kerala, a Kozhikode sessions court order granted anticipatory bail to writer-activist Civic Chandran in a sexual harassment case, arguing that “provocative” dressing by the victim was a mitigating factor in favour of the accused. TrueCopy Think analyses how the bail orders violated the Supreme Court's guidelines in the Vishakha case and the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Act.

For more stories from the grantees this week, please read on.


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‘We Are All Bilkis’: Lawyer Of 2002 Gangrape Survivor Says Onus To Fix Gujarat Remission Order Is Now On State & Society

Article 14 talks to Bilkis’s lawyer Shobha Gupta who recounts the trauma and horror of close to two decades that her client went through only to discover that the pain and fear have revisited her all over again.

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Cost of a veg Indian thali has jumped 42% since 2015. That too without curd, tea, fruits

ThePrint uses ‘Thalinomics’ to explain how much it costs a family in India to eat a ‘Thali’, compared to seven years ago, and its implications for the poor.

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A Plea For Privacy In The Kerala High Court Stresses Urgent Need For Privacy Law In India

A petition by a rape accused before the Kerala High Court raises questions on India’s missing privacy laws and the lack of a legal framework for the courts to adjudicate the matter. MediaNama deep dives into the issues.

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സിവിക് ചന്ദ്രൻ കേസ്: കുപ്രസിദ്ധമായ ആ വിധിന്യായത്തിന് ഇതാ കേരളത്തിൽനിന്നൊരു തുടർച്ച

In light of the Kozhikode sessions court order granting anticipatory bail to writer-activist Civic Chandran in a sexual harassment case, TrueCopy Think analyses how the bail orders violated Supreme Court's guidelines.

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