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HRLN petition seeks full implementation of JSSK scheme in Tripura


The petition noted that India accounts for the highest number of maternal deaths in the world and has a Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) of 178 for every 1 lakh live births. Six Indian women die every… Read More

HRLN files petition seeking action against alarming number of children dying from malnutrition in MP


Shriprakash Singh Nimraje vs State of MP & Ors

Several children have died of malnutrition-related ailments in Madhya Pradesh’s Sheopur district and other regions of Shivpuri in… Read More

Manipur HC directs payment of compensation in various fake encounters by armed forces


Guangbi Dangmei Vs The Union of India & 4 others (WP(C) 943/2014)

The petitioner’s son was killed in a fake encounter by the 10th Assam Rifles. After initiating a judicial… Read More

SC remands previously dismissed writ petition on torture to Bombay high court


Sangita Vilas Ingle v. State of Maharashtra and Others (2017)2 SCC 728

This case involved serious allegations of infringement of right to life and liberty of the petitioner’s… Read More

Hearing impaired applicants to be considered for driving licenses after SC direction


Amit Ashok Tribhuvan vs Regional Transport Officer

The Petitioner is a person with 100% hearing impairment. The PIL sought to challenge the order passed by the Regional Transport… Read More

In fight against female foeticide, SC verdict stresses on implementation of pre-conception and pre-natal diagnostics act


Voluntary Health Association of Punjab vs. Union of India [Writ Petition (Civil) 349 of 2006], Supreme Court of India

Voluntary Health association of Punjab [VHAP], an NGO, filed… Read More

Supreme Court directs reservation in promotion for disabled persons in Government jobs


In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court set aside Government of India instructions disallowing reservation in promotion for persons with disabilities, and held that wherever posts are identified to… Read More

In landmark judgement, Supreme Court rules that acid attack victims are to be recognised as disabled


Parivartan Kendra vs. UOI & Ors. (WP (CIVIL) No. 867/2013), the PIL on Acid Attack Cases.

The Supreme Court in its Judgment has directed the Bihar Government to compensate the… Read More

SC directs states to clear pendency in Juvenile Justice Boards: Another HRLN achievement towards ensuring child rights


Highlights of the Judgement in W.P. (Civil) 473/2005:

"It is mandated that every State should have a Juvenile Justice Board in place in every District on or before 31st… Read More

Bombay high court grants bail to DU professor G N Saibaba who was arrested for ‘Maoist links’


Delhi University professor G N Saibaba, jailed for alleged Maoist links, was on Tuesday granted bail for three months by the Bombay High Court on health ground. Saibaba has been in jail since his… Read More

Delhi HC issues notice to Centre, state govt, seeking report of action on maternal health schemes


W.P (C) 4200/2015

Bilkis & Anr versus Govt of NCT of Delhi & Ors.

The Petition filed by Human Rights Law Network on behalf of the Petitioner took strong note of the failure of… Read More

HRLN’s new publication featured in UKAID’s latest evidence digest


HRLN’s new publication, Burning Injustice: A rights advocacy manual for lawyers, activists and survivors on acid violence in India, featured in UKAID’s latest evidence digest

ACID… Read More

In landmark judgement, SC deals with guardianship, custodial and visitation rights of kids to couples in matrimonial disputes



CIVIL APPEAL No. 1966 OF 2015

In a remarkable judgment dealing with interim custody of child suffering in parents in matrimonial disputes,… Read More

Nagpur high court orders state to take immediate action to improve public health facilities for pregnant women


Dinanath  Waghmare  vs.  The District Collector, Nagpur District and others.

The High Court at Nagpur ordered the State to immediately establish a committee including… Read More

SC seeks reply from Centre, state governments on leprosy treatment and drug availability


Writ Petition(Civil) No(s). 767/2014

The Supreme Court issued notice on 1 September 2014 to the central and state governments on a… Read More

In landmark judgement, the Supreme Court imposes complete ban on bullock cart races


SLP (C) 4268 of 2013
Khed Taluka Chalak Malak Sangh & Ors. Versus Smt. Gargi Gogoi & Ors.

The Supreme Court has upheld the Bombay High Court Order dated 12.03.2012 and… Read More

HRLN salutes the memory and legacy of Asghar Ali Engineer

27/04/2014 |

Dr. Asghar Ali Engineer, legendary human rights, peace and anti-communal activist of India died in Mumbai on 14th May 13 after prolonged ailment. He was 74.
Colin Gonsalves, Senior… Read More

HRLN welcomes the Supreme Court decision to grant permanent bail to Soni Sori and Linga Kododopi


HRLN along-with other Human Rights activists has been fighting long and hard to get justice for adivasi school teacher and Mr Linga. They can now visit Chhattisgarh.

In a major relief to Ms. Sori,… Read More

SC to examine fundamental rights violations resulting from India’s outdated MTP Act


On 21 April 2014, the Supreme Court ordered the Union of India and the State of Maharashtra to respond to fundamental rights violations resulting from implementation of The Medical Termination of… Read More

Delhi HC chief justice takes notice of police assault on advocate, directs crime branch to investigate


Advocate Shreeji Bhavsar of Human Rights Law Network was abused and assaulted by Sub Inspector of Delhi Police at Police Station Sarita Vihar in the evening of 16.10.11 when he had gone there to get… Read More

PIL filed in Allahabad High Court seeking accountability for Police brutality against disabled man


Jhansi: To hold the government responsible for the violent and brutal police beating of a disabled man and his subsequent death, Bundelkand Viklang through the Human Rights Law Network, filed a… Read More

SC allows disclosure of evaluated answer-sheets to examinee under RTI


In a landmark judgement, the Supreme Court allowed disclosure of the answer-sheets to the examinee, under Right to Information (RTI) Act.
The bench comprising Hon’ble Mr Justice RV Raveendran and… Read More

Compensation Awarded through HRLN Manipur to Victim of Unjustified Killing by Assam Rifles


The Gauhati High Court, Imphal Bench has disposed of a Writ Petition filed by Sagolshem Ongbi Latani Devi for unjustified killing of her husband Sagolshem Vikram Singh aged about 22 years, of Keirao… Read More

Denial of rations to BPL people denial of Right to Food, Right to Life: Delhi HC


In another landmark interim order, Justice S Muralidhar of the Delhi High Court reinforced the need for increased delivery and oversight of life-saving food and maternal health entitlements to the… Read More

HRLN Advocate, Doma Bhutia’s work on maternal health in Sikkim was recently recognized


The HRLN Reproductive Rights Unit is proud to announce that HRLN Advocate, Doma Bhutia’s work on maternal health in Sikkim was recently recognized in the December issue of “Talk Sikkim”! The article… Read More

Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) demolished the houses of 15 Dalit families in Karol Bagh


On Thursday, 28 July 2011, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) demolished the houses of 15 Dalit families who had been living in the Karol Bagh area for the past 60 years. The demolition was… Read More

Delhi High Court issues groundbreaking order for pregnant destitute women


Laxmi was a destitute, homeless woman who lived, gave birth, and died in the streets of Connaught Place, a neighbourhood in the heart of Delhi. On the 26th of July Laxmi delivered a baby girl… Read More

Delhi HC orders urgent relief of food, shelter, healthcare at DDA demolition site


The High Court of Delhi on March 25, 2011, ordered emergency relief of food, water, shelter, and health care services to be provided to 5,000 residents of Gayatri Colony (West Patel Nagar) who were… Read More

Over 100 attendees convene for HRLN’s Mera Haq event


In honour of the 100th celebration of International Women’s Day, the Human Rights Law Network (HRLN) hosted Mera Haq: Surviving Pregnancy in India in New Delhi. Mera Haq brought together over 100… Read More

HRLN petition in Supreme Court challenges criminalisation of abortions after 20th week of pregnancy


Mrs X and Mrs Y vs Union of India & Ors challenges the constitutional validity of section 3 (2) (b) of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act 1971 (MTP Act).

The MTP Act bans… Read More

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