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POCSO Act and some grim realities

POCSO Act and some grim realities

Society
The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 (POCSO) was celebrated to a large extent and remains a welcoming step. It attempts to curb child sexual abuse but at least did we realize its bareness and its defectiveness.  It is imperative to identify and either replace or amend its shortcomings with a more effective law or an amendment[s] as statistics stands as witness. The National Crime Record Bureau's “Crime in India" reports reveal that new cases registered under POCSO have significantly increased by 4.5% in crimes against children resulting in 1,48,185 crimes against children in India.  The highest numbers of child rapes were recorded in Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu.  Uttar Pradesh reported the highest number of crimes against girl children under the P
Recent judgment on groping: Are POSCO laws bare ?

Recent judgment on groping: Are POSCO laws bare ?

Society
Predators have no iota of fright; as the reprimands remain enormously diminutive for child sexual abuse… The alarming statistics of the National Crime Records Bureau in India records that ‘a child is sexually abused every 15 minutes.’ 37% of the Indian population constitute children under the age of 18 and are predominantly entities of illiteracy, malnutrition, deprivation of health care. More than 53% of children have reported being prey’s of ‘child fondle private parts, making a child exhibit private part, nude photographs, etc.. 20% remain to be causalities of severe verbal and sexual abuse, neglect, maltreatment and thus it is evident that child protection in India remains either dysfunctional or mute. The recent judgment from the Bombay High Court in her judicial capacity an
Is migration a threat to peace and security?

Is migration a threat to peace and security?

Society
Migration marshals multiculturalism, it can be considered as a pride of cultural diversity but in some states multiculturalism is undesirable. Based on democracy, peace, and security, migration has advantages and disadvantages in both the country of origin and the receiving state. Migration can be a threat to social security and the state’s welfare system; particularly refugees and asylum seekers. Economic deprivation, political persecution, ethnic cleansing, etc., are some of the grounds for migration. The common notion is that migrants globally pose a threat to society; migration is now a forerunner of the security agenda, particularly in Europe and North America. The IOM World Migration Report revealed that the estimated number of international migrants was 150million in 2000 - w
The Cognitive Cross-Border Conclave

The Cognitive Cross-Border Conclave

Society
Virtual meetings in this digital era are astounding - it units individuals across the globe without considering national or international boundaries. The Society of International Lawyers for Democracy, established in Italy by Ms.Katia Bonsignore with a mission and vision to unite the legal fraternity and like minded people united individuals virtually on Google Meet in the Transnational Law and Justice Conclave which was historic and noteworthy and it was an the opportunity of my life-time to have anchored the virtual meeting! Hon’ble Judges from different continents, advocates, lawyers, anthropologists, journalists, officers from the police department, doctors, professors and students across the globe brought with them a wealth of experience in their fields of expertise in this virtual f
The Re-Entry Project : Combating Covid-19

The Re-Entry Project : Combating Covid-19

Society
Article 21 of the Indian Constitution echoes that ‘no person shall be deprived of their life and liberty.’ The Supreme Court of India has precisely described this right as the ‘heart of fundamental rights;’ it includes right to live with dignity, right to livelihood and right to health. Article 2 of the Human Rights Act protects one’s right to life, thus the government ought to protect the life and protect the dignity of its citizens. Human rights globally face challenges in this pandemic and no country is immune!   Nevertheless it is the duty of the government to keep an eye to further develop short-terms responses. Having understood that the coronavirus is novel, the danger and consequences of people’s life expectancy - community containment measures such as stay-at-home
Victim’s voice |  Breaking the silence

Victim’s voice | Breaking the silence

Law, Society
Studying abroad is an illuminating experience, having invested 5years of quality education in London with an ambition to pursue a promising career in the United Nations, I signed up for a program at United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute in Italy. Since the Covid-19 outbreak, my dreams turned out to be the nastiest nightmare! Multitudes were (some still are) mentally drained, devastated, disheartened, and panicking and I was not an exception.  In the initial phase of this pandemic, many lived in acute anxiety and the anxiety was more of a killer than the unseen virus itself. A new layer of uncertainty for a significant number of international students arose globally after the Covid-19 outbreak.  Tutors and students were not used to the online environment
A colossal soul satisfying self experience!

A colossal soul satisfying self experience!

Law, Society
The Italian law on immigration required that a Non-European planning to stay in Italy for more than 3 months are bound to apply for Residence Permit within 8 days of arrival in Italy. I am evidence to the efficient service rendered by the Immigration Officers at Turin on 8th September 2020. Despite the pandemic crisis, I ventured into sheer brilliance of the Immigration Department, tirelessly serving humanity. My appointment at the Questura for was initially scheduled in May, 2020 due to the pandemic, it was rescheduled to August 2020. Owing to some unforeseen circumstances, the Immigration Officers were kind enough to re-schedule my appointment to September 2020. At first sight, I noticed paramount level of professionalism in maintaining a conducive environment even outside the p...
The Good Samaritan of Holland!

The Good Samaritan of Holland!

Society
In the pandemic era on September’s eve, I pick up my phone to hear disturbing news from my dear friend Karolina (name changed) who traveled from Italy to the Philippines with transit in Amsterdam. Her flight from Amsterdam to the Philippines was canceled immediately intimated the Embassy of her ongoing predicaments. A helpless and hapless victim on the situation she was a solitary, shattered, and stranded young lady walking from pillar to post in search of help remained entrapped in the Amsterdam International Airport.   Adding fuel to the fire was the expiry of her visa on that very day.  With emotions at stake, compounded misery coupled with mounting fear of detention, anxiety over lack of shelter, and uncertainty of continuing her voyage to the Philippines knew none in Amsterdam.  Ex
Mental Health issues existed even before the Lock Down: The Double Standards

Mental Health issues existed even before the Lock Down: The Double Standards

Health, Society
It is by a feel of astonishment that I read news / articles on mental health of men during the lockdown days. My astonishment was nothing else than that the word “ mental health “ unveiled itself from the stigma of being a hushed topic that was ever before. It was not only the news or articles, many memes and social media posts started appearing, citing the seriousness of the issue apart from the fact that many governments had started serious plans to tackle the issue of mental health by giving online counselling , creating help desks etc .,while fighting the biggest of epidemics. I stand by the government for their action. Of course, mental health of its subjects should be given priority and has to be tackled with utmost seriousness. No arguments. But what I am pointing out here is
Pandemic of the mind : The Lockdown Mental Health Issues

Pandemic of the mind : The Lockdown Mental Health Issues

Health, Society
The world is panicking about the novel coronavirus pandemic but what nobody talks about is the importance of mental health during situations like this. I am going to talk about this mental crisis because most people don't think it is important enough to address. Trust me. It is equally as important. As of now, the best solution we have is to stay indoors but most of us don’t really comprehend how hard that is if surrounded by the wrong people. Staying indoors for days and losing sanity by the end of the pandemic absolutely makes no sense. If you lose yourself mentally, then is there a purpose to fight to stay physically alive? There is this maxim that says, " People think being alone makes you lonely but I don't think that is true being surrounded by the wrong people is the lonelies
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