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BABA ACTIVISM

Today I came across a new term Baba Activism. The term sounded very attractive to me. I have always associated the word ‘activism’ with a silent or mild violence approach (peaceful rallies, marches, strikes) to bring about a good change in the society, politics or economics. Being a law graduate, the word ‘judicial activism’ has always pre dominated in my mind and I love the fact that how our judiciary peacefully brought in major changes through their judgments.

Baba Activism is no way similar to my expectations. To those who are still wondering what this Hinglish word actually means, it is all about the nuisance by a person who has self proclaimed him/herself as god in the society. I am not an atheist. I do believe in gods and worship them. The fact that I can bow my head in front of someone, confess all my guilt, wish for happiness and prosperity for myself and my loved ones without trading for anything surely gives me immense power and a sense of satisfaction to look ahead in life. But what about such self-proclaimed gods !

Changes are bound to occur. New things will come and Old will vanish. But does it happen with gods too. Will old gods go and new gods replace them? Sounds bit astonishing to me. Personally I don’t feel this is a very good idea. Believing in god is a matter of trust which doesn’t depreciate with time. There is no need to create new gods to fulfil our wishes. The right attitude and hard work is the only key to success. For those who aspire for heaven after death, make earth a desirable place to live in. Respect the fellow humans, protect the surrounding animals, plants and environment.

There is no harm if someone decides to preach the society about the good values they should pursue in their day to day life. A common man is so much afraid and has become superstitious about small things that some treacherous people take this advantage and practically loot them. A real god will never trade or demand something from you in lieu of your well being.

My only suggestion to the readers, trust in god but don’t believe someone blindly.

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Because I Was Scared !!

After coming back to Hyderabad the most pleasant change I saw in the city was installation of bio-toilets. I was so much fascinated with this new update in my city. You must be wondering why?

I was in United States(Phoenix) for almost 8 months, the period when Modi became our Prime Minister and visited United States. Frankly speaking politics doesn’t interest me so much. I was staying in an extended stay hotel in Phoenix with my husband. The only friends I had during that time were the hotel staff who were always eager to know about my country and culture. On Modi’s visit to United States, all local news channel were flashing news updates about him and his achievements. One day, I was just taking a stroll around the swimming pool area of the hotel, when few hotel staff came cheerfully towards me and said to me “Your Prime Minister is here, he is in United States”. Their cheerful faces made me happy too and I proudly said “Yes, MY Prime Minister is here”. Thereafter, we discussed how he is planning to change our country for betterment and truly speaking that filled my heart with a sense of immense pride. After coming back when I saw the bio-toilets installed in the city, I felt my PM has already taken a step towards his dreams of Swatch Bharat.

Now its almost one month and I noticed one day, the bio-toilets are made only for men. Why? Does that mean in Hyderabad city only men pee ? Or when you are out of your home only men can pee ? Or they forgot that a woman may have similar requirements too ? No idea, what went wrong !

Anyway I will try to inform the suitable authorities about the issue and if anyone of you can help me out, it will be great. But now I wish to share a little experience of mine somewhat connected to the background above. I was leaving my office around 6 pm and it was getting dark. I walk around 200m distance from office to main road to take an auto to home. There I saw a man peeing just outside the bio-toilet. I really felt angry that when there are toilets made specially for you only, why are you creating nuisance just outside the toilet. You don’t even have to pay for it, it’s absolutely free. Then the other thought came that may be the toilets are not functional. I really wanted to ask that man. But I didn’t because I was on a lonely road, I care about my safety more and I don’t know how will that man react to me.

The fear to safeguard myself triumph over my urge to stop someone polluting my environment. I still don’t know what would have been the right decision at that moment. But one thing is clear to me government initiatives can lead us to right direction, it is how we as citizens do actually matters. Police, law, authorities can only tell us or punish us but we need to change our mindsets and mend our ways. Hope next time I don’t see a man peeing outside and if I do I have the courage to stop him.

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Medical Negligence And Hospital’s Liability

Medical Negligence And Hospital’s Liability.

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Breaking The Ice – Beyond Law

The internet has recently been swept up by the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Is there a cause – social,political, cultural, or other – you passionately believe in ?

YES. I DO.

The believe stems from the days of my first Internship at CRY, New Delhi as a first year law student(2007). Being an Indian, I had always read and heard about the miseries an Indian girl or a woman has to go through each an every day but the internship experience made me believe that the wounds of an Indian women are much deeper!

We were a bunch of students from different educational background and were given a task to conduct a survey and make a report on “Female Foeticide”. Initially, I thought the idea of conducting the survey in South Delhi (one of the posh areas in India) is highly illogical as most of the people staying here are educated. They are aware of the fact that Female Foeticide is a crime. Why will anyone do so? Why will the elite class indulge in this heinous crime? My thinking was, dowry system is the reason of why people go for Female Foeticide. The rich ones, even if they pay dowry (which is again illegal), can afford it. Why would they kill !!

The survey began and we met people in and around South Delhi posh colonies, the villages around, doctors, ministers and whoever possible related to the issue. With each passing day the urge to shout and say “STOP” grew stronger and stronger. My basics were wrong, the truth was that I had never expected.

Doctors, one of the most noble professions, were committing the crime and instigating people to kill the female inside the womb to extract money. Life saver was playing the role of Life taker. The reason for committing the crime by different families were numerous and varied from different class of people depending upon their monetary status. The lower income group people thought – the male child will help in earning income for the family and hence family needs will be taken care, if they marry their son then they will get dowry whereas for a girl they have to pay. The middle income group people thought – we cannot afford more than two children, why to have a girl then and the high income group thought – only a boy can run the family name,pride and property. There were many reasons given by the families as to why they should not have a girl child in the family.

The rate of female foeticide (in this region) was more among the higher and the middle income group who are highly educated and qualified. I was dumbstruck! What education has done to our country ? I would have never believed that education can kill someone. While speaking to few women whose child were killed in their wombs, they told us that many of them did not even realise that their child has been killed by some family members by giving some home tonics and food under the sham of something good. Few of them were beaten to death for bearing a female child and forced to undergo an abortion. Someone’s husband married another women and divorced her because she only conceives a girl child.

These were just few narrations that I illustrated here, there were more. The plight of those women is difficult to be described in words. How can someone kill an unborn or the emotional trauma the mother would have undergone or how the Doctor can do this are hard to imagine. I doubt only law and education can tame such minds. Much more is required but I wonder what ?

This was the story of that region which appeared so much brighter to me before. As a law student I could not do much for those who shared their miseries with me. We tried to tell people about their rights and responsibilities and submitted our report to CRY.  Being a girl, I feel and take pride in every opportunity to tell people how important a girl or woman is. World will never be so great without her. Value her.

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Don’t Blame God for Wrong Insurance Policy !

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acts of god

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Do you actually read before you sign any legal document specially your insurance policies? Those of you who actually do must have come across a phrase “ACTS OF GOD“. 

You will wonder why the phrase gains so much importance in a legal document. If we tell you in simple terms, it is a WARNING before you sign your insurance policy. 

ACTS OF GOD means any act or circumstance due to the act which it is beyond the control of human being. It include wars, riots, fire, earthquake, tsunami, flood,hurricane,volcano etc. The other legal phrases which are used in place of Acts of God are Inevitable Accidents, Natural Calamity, Acts of Nature. 

Now why this gains so much importance in insurance policies ! 

Most of the time insurance policies exclude the damage occurred due to Acts of God. So, if your insurance policy does not…

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Consumer Complaints in India : Law and Process

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In our first part we told you about your rights and responsibilities as a consumer. However despite being careful and vigilant you may end up purchasing bad goods and services or may fall trap of some fraud. Don’t worry or regret ! Consumer Protection Act prevents you in such situations.

However note : You will be considered a consumer only if you purchase goods or services for personal use and not for commercial or business purpose.

Now follow the steps and save yourself:

  1. Call up National Consumer Helpline at toll free number No1800-11-4000 Other users can dial- 011-23708391 (normal call charges applicable). SMS can also be sent to +918130009809 (charges apply) mentioning the name and city .
  2. You can choose to register the complaint here or any other online services available.
  3. If nothing is helping out, you can approach consumer forums/tribunals set-up by Government for speedy redressal to your…

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You want to get your marriage registered under Hindu Marriage Act, just ensure you have these documents with you.

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