Author: Vedatrayee Dutta

Crisis in Democracy: Is it a Protest or a Mutiny by the Four Judges to Rebel against the CJI?

Reading Time: 5 minutesLegal stalwarts and eminent personalities like former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee and former Attorney-General of India Soli Sorabjee have expressed great condemnation towards the step taken by the judges. The act has been criticised on the grounds of shaking the base of faith in the judiciary and involving politics. The mutiny has been stated […]

What is Art and What is Not: The Laws Relating to Graffiti in India

Reading Time: 4 minutesThere are no express provisions of law regarding graffiti in India. However, the Constitution of India lays down certain provisions in this regard. Kolkata-based Vedatrayee discusses the issue of graffiti and street art, in the regular column, exclusively in Different Truths. The mundane streets of the City of Joy got an exalting makeover under a […]

From Practice to Perfect: Sex with Minor Wife Criminalised by the SC

Reading Time: 5 minutesIn a landmark judgement, the Apex Court ruled out the exception u/s 375(2) of the IPC as being unconstitutional, stating that if any husband engages in sexual intercourse with his minor wife, consensual or not, it will amount to rape and such husband can be subjected to up to 10 years of imprisonment under the […]

Sexual Harassment at Workplace: 20 Years after Vishaka Verdict

Reading Time: 6 minutesThe Apex Court, for the first time, laid down a volume of guidelines and principles, apparently to be followed by all employment institutions state governed or private. In 2013, 16 years after the landmark judgement, The Sexual Harassment at Workplace (Prohibition, Prevention, and Redressal) Act, 2013 was passed, which superseded all the existing guidelines, states […]

No Amicable Settlement for Heinous Crimes: SC Brings Relief

Reading Time: 3 minutesOn 4th of October, 2017, the Supreme Court, in a landmark judgement, brought in a sign of relief by ruling that criminal proceedings in grave offences like murder, rape, dacoity, and financial fraud cannot be quashed even if the parties settle such dispute amicably. Any criminal activity is a public wrong against the society at […]

Looking Forward, Looking Back: Durga Puja in my Eyes

Reading Time: 3 minutesVedatrayee reminisces of Durga Puja and tells us what it means to her, in the special feature, exclusively in Different Truths. I am not very good with dates. So unlike any Bengali, I have no record as to when Durga Puja is at the starting of the year. But I have some ways, I like […]

Can we Achieve Perfect Harmony through Gender Justice?

Reading Time: 6 minutesKolkata-based young lawyer, Vedatrayee, dwells on the subject of gender justice. She examines it socio-politically, in the historical perspective, to challenge established biases, in the weekly column. A Different Truths exclusive. Sunil was in a hurry to leave for school. Sheetal, his younger sister was packing his bag for him. Savitri their mother opened the […]

Triple Talaq: Then and Now

Reading Time: 5 minutesVedatrayee, a Kolkata-based young lawyer, takes a hard look at the issue of triple talaq, with a historical perspective. Read more in her regular column, exclusively in Different Truths. October 2015 gave Shayara Bano an experience that spurred her fight against a custom disguised tyranny when her husband sends her a speed post with the […]

Red Alert: Future is Dead!

Reading Time: 4 minutesThe recent shameful cases of an International school in Gurgaon where a seven-year-old boy was brutally murdered in the toilet of the school, a famous school in Delhi where a small girl was raped by the school staff and the slapping case of a school in Noida, are skid marks in the criminal history of […]

Killing those Voices

Reading Time: 3 minutesWhy the people who raise their voices are being silenced, perpetually, asks Vedatrayee, a young Kolkata-based lawyer, and an eminent danseuse, reflecting on the death of Gauri Lankesh – and others before her – for they dared to raise their voices against injustice. We begin a new weekly column that would reflect on legal and […]