ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Misconstruction of the Anti-atrocities Act’s Misuse

Drawing upon a study, this article examines whether the “final reports,” which is the official term for closed cases under the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, are justified or not. The popularly accepted notion is that the act is misused by members of the Scheduled Castes against the upper castes, but there is no acknowledgement of its misuse by the upper castes using the former as proxy.

Removing Discrimination in Universities

How can we create just and non-discriminatory spaces in universities when the discriminatory practices are not obvious and apparent? The author suggests two ways—reporting and addressing indirect discrimination and a periodic discrimination audit of educational institutions. 

Questioning Excellence

The recent expulsion of 73 students by IIT Roorkee and the subsequent decision to allow re-examination following the orders of the Uttarakhand High Court has ramifications far beyond the ambit of education—almost all of these students belong to the reserved categories. Can one take away in the name of autonomy and merit what one gives in the name of social justice?

'Final Reports' under Sec-498A and the SC/ST Atrocities Act

The failure by the police to file a First Information Report is the subject of much debate but the Final Report by which a case is closed has received scant attention. This article reflects on the findings following a study of 100 Final Reports each under Section 498A of the Indian Penal Code and the Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989. The police's differential stance on these two laws has major implications in terms of justice delivery.

Continuing Low Literacy

Orissa's disadvantaged tribal groups have historically shown low literacy rates. Yet the state in its mechanical replication of all central government schemes to raise literacy levels, has neglected the needs of this group. There has been little attempt to draw in teachers from these groups who have a ready cultural empathy with tribal students.

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