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Don’t ignore the women farmers -Thamizhachi Thangapandian

-The Hindu The gender gap in the agriculture sector will only widen more with the current farm laws Eminent agriculture scientist M.S. Swaminathan once said, “Some historians believe that it was women who first domesticated crop plants and thereby initiated the art and science of farming. While men went out hunting in search of food, women started gathering seeds from the native flora and began cultivating those of interest from the point...

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People of denotified tribes continue to bear the burden of an unjust colonial past -Nikita Sonavane, Srujana Bej and Ameya Bokil

-The Indian Express Certain communities such as the Denotified Tribes (DNTs), which have a history of persecution by the criminal justice system, are targeted under specific laws and legal provisions. In August, the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) released the annual Prison Statistics Report for 2019. This compilation provides demographic information on prison inmates for administrative categories such as age, gender, religion and caste. It has consistently highlighted to lawmakers the overrepresentation...

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Humiliation outside ‘public view’: A verdict puts focus on a grave flaw in the SC/ST Act -Rashmi Venkatesan

-Scroll.in The law tolerates caste-based intimidation and humiliation if these acts occur in private. It must be fixed. On November 5, a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court held that not all cases of intimidation and harassment of people belonging to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes would attract the provisions of the Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989. The Court quashed a complaint about a member of a Scheduled Caste...

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Forest rights claims of nearly 1,200 tribals in Hunsur rejected -R Krishna Kumar

-The Hindu NGOs fighting for tribal rights claim review was done cursorily and fear that more applications may be rejected MYSURU: Nearly 1,200 tribals in Hunsur taluk of Mysuru district stare at an uncertain future, as their review petition for recognition of their claims over forest land under the Scheduled Tribes and Other Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006, was rejected by the local authorities. NGOs fighting for tribal rights fear...

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Supreme Court: Offence under SC/ST Act only if intention to humiliate

-The Indian Express A bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao, Hemant Gupta and Ajay Rastogi said that to constitute an offence under the Act, the words spoken must be “in any place within public view”, and not within the four walls of a house and in the absence of any member of the public. New Delhi: Not every offending remark against a member of the Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe will amount...

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