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The decks have been cleared for the Supreme Court of India to hear a batch of petitions arguing for recognising same-sex marriages in the country starting today. A favourable verdict would make India the thirty-fifth country to legalise same-sex union and only the second in Asia to do so.

There are already many enabling precedents in India – prohibition of discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and protection of gender identity, for instance – which argue in favour of the recognition. Supreme Court Observer examines arguments and judgments on the issue in foreign jurisprudence -- the US, Canada and South Africa -- to see where India’s apex court can go.

A man who was on death row for 25 years, even though a juvenile when he allegedly committed his crime, was finally released by the Apex Court last month. The case, Article 14 points out, illustrates the negligence and callousness that characterises India’s criminal justice system.

Even though India was declared “leprosy eliminated” in 2005, it still accounts for over half the world’s leprosy cases. The Citizen reports from Chengalpattu, near Chennai, on life in a colony of leprosy patients who not only have each other for support but can look forward to a better life for their children because of the healthcare and education facilities in place.

And, amidst the seeming lawlessness and disquiet, there is a spark of science animating Uttar Pradesh’s schools. With the help of Astroscape, a start-up that builds affordable astronomy laboratories, an array of labs have been built in village schools across the state.

The labs in the schools, ThePrint reports from Bijnore district, have not only found huge and overwhelming traction among the students and teachers but also increased enrolment and helped kindle a love for science and scientific temper.

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


Sunil Rajshekhar

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Same-Sex Marriage Litigation in Foreign Jurisdictions

With the Supreme Court set to hear a clutch of petitions asking for legal recognition for same-sex marriages in India, Supreme Court Observer analyses how judgments in foreign shores on the issue can play a persuasive role in the decisions.

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Free At Last: The Story Of A Child Who Spent 25 Years On Death Row & Emerged A Free Man

Article 14 chronicles the travails of a prisoner on death row, who was wrongly sentenced when he was still a juvenile, and his struggles against an insensitive and flawed justice system.

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What Goes On At A ‘Leprosy Colony’?

The Citizen brings you the story of a colony of leprosy patients near Chennai who live near-normal lives, thanks to a system that provides them and their children with support and care.

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Astro labs are the new wave in UP village schools. Delhi man revolutionising physics

ThePrint reports from UP on how astronomy labs in the village schools are transforming the imagination of children and instilling in them a love and connection with science.

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