Gujarat HC allows abortion of rape victim

The Gujarat High Court has allowed a 16-year-old rape victim to abort her eight-week foetus under proper medical care, on a plea by her parents. Justice KJ Thaker, citing provisions of Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, asked the local police to take her to Sola

Four get 7-year jail term for robbery

Four persons were sentenced to seven years imprisonment by a local court for robbing a farmer in 2006. Additional Sessions Judge of Sambalgarh tehsil R R Bhadoria also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 each on the convicts. They robbed a farmer, Ramdayal Dhakat, of

Colombia president legalizes medical marijuana

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Tuesday signed a decree fully legalizing medical marijuana in the country. Santos said the new regulations, which make it legal to grow, process, import and export marijuana for medical and scientific use, would put Colombia “at the forefront in

HC refers conduct of lawyer to Bar Council

Criticising a lawyer-petitioner for using intemperate language and even calling it a ‘kangaroo court’, the Madras High Court today referred the matter to the state bar council to examine his conduct and decide whether he should continue as a member on its rolls. Dismissing a

Tomorrow Never Comes

There was a song in the movie Yellow Rolls Royce, which affected me deeply. It says, “Let’s forget about domani, for domani never comes.” It should be made the theme song for procrastinators. Specially for lawyers who leave everything for the last moment if not

Firing in Karkardooma court exposes security lapse

The firing inside a courtroom at Karkardooma district courts, which led to the death of a police official, has brought to fore holes in security arrangement inside the judicial complex which witnesses a footfall of over 10,000 litigants daily. The incident has raised question mark

Prominent China rights lawyer released

Prominent Chinese human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang has been released after receiving a suspended sentence. Zhiqiang was indicted in May on charges of fanning ethnic hatred and provoking trouble for comments that he posted online. He stood trial on December 14 after more than 19

Uphaar tragedy: Cops seek transfer of case

Delhi police has petitioned the high court for shifting a case of alleged destruction of evidence in the 1997 Uphaar fire tragedy being heard by a trial court to some other judge, accusing the one currently hearing it of “hostility” towards the complainant and the