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Full compensation for medical treatment of acid attack survivors, High Court of Guwahati

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Writ Petition (Civil) 749 0f 2014, The Gauhati High Court at Guwahati

Medical treatment for an acid attack survivor is critical for living a life of dignity; it is also the responsibility of the state to provide the survivor with adequate and free medical treatment.  In this recent order by the Guwahati High Court, two survivors, N and K, were granted full compensation for their medical treatment. The order directs the State Government to directly pay all the expenses of their treatment to the hospital. The sisters will be treated in Delhi, by the hospitals suggested by the medical board. The court has shown sensitivity by also granting reimbursements for the travel and stay in Delhi for both the sisters and an escort.


Acid Attack Victims to be recognised as disabled: SC

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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 acid attack survivor with Rs. 10 Lakhs, and her sister to with Rs. 3 Lakhs. C and S, two sisters who belong to the Dalit community from Bihar were brutally attacked with acid on October 21, 2012. C suffered burns on 28% of her body and 90% of her face, following the acid attack. Parivartan Kendra, a women’s group, filed a petition with the support of HRLN seeking to ensure that acid attack survivors are properly rehabilitated and are treated with immediate care, sensitivity and skill. It was additionally pointed out that the compensation amount of Rs. 3 Lakhs granted due to the Orders passed by the Supreme Court in Laxmi v. Union of India & Ors. (WP (Crl). No. 129 of 2006) was grossly inadequate, especially when the survivor has suffered serious injuries on her body which is required to be taken into consideration. And that the Laxmi order is not restrictive in deciding the compensation amount.


SC stays Delhi High Court’s order regarding recalling of witnesses in the Uber rape case, issues notice to Delhi police and accused

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AG Versus Shiv Kumar Yadav & Anr.

The Supreme Court today stayed the order passed by the Delhi High Court by which the High Court had allowed the recalling of 13 witnesses, including the victim in the Uber rape case. Earlier, the Supreme Court on Monday had allowed to give the matter an urgent hearing after the same was mentioned by senior lawyer Mr. Colin Gonsalves before the bench headed by Chief Justice of India. In addition, the Supreme Court also stayed the proceedings of the trial court. The Bench headed by Justice Khehar said, “Issue notice to the respondents. The proceedings before the trial court shall remain stayed. The High Court order dated March 4 shall also remain stayed.”


HRLN files Petition for another dowry death in capital; police laxity in investigation

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Application No.  _______  [ Sunil Kumar Sonkar Vs. State through S.H.O. Subzi Mandi & ORS]

Date |Court of Metropolitan Magistrate, Tis Hazari Court | Delhi | Women’s Justice Initiative


In what definitively seems like yet another dowry-death, Delhi-resident Rama Devi Sonkar was reported dead by her in-laws in her Subzi Mandi matrimonial-home.  She was reportedly being harassed by her husband and in-laws for failure to satisfy their progressively growing dowry-demands. She was brutally beaten and inhumanely treated for a totally period of seven years. Maintenance expenses were deliberately denied to her, which made raising a son very difficult.


Gross Miscarriage of Justice, Delhi Police Complicity in Dowry Death Investigation

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W.P Civil No.   , 2014 [ Sanjay vs. SHO of Kalyanpuri and IO, Shiv Murthi Yadav]

Delhi District Court | Delhi | Women’s Justice Initiative


The complainant’s sister, Usha had been living with her husband, Mahesh, and their two girls, along with her in-laws. Usha was allegedly being harassed for dowry by her husband and in-laws. Additionally, she was being taunted for giving birth to two girls. In an attempt to save her marriage, the complainant's family continuously succumbed to their never-ending demands.

But when Usha’s in-laws demanded a car, the family failed to meet such unfair expectations. On 18th July,’14, after exactly 7 years and 6 days of marriage, Usha was found hanged at her matrimonial home at Trilok Puri under suspicious circumstances – Her husband and in-laws were conspicuously absent from the scene ; Injury marks on her body and face strongly suggested unnatural death resulting from foul play. Perhaps more tellingly, her feet were on the floor, with her knees bent. 

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