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Legal Notes, the latest addition in the Newsline Publications group, proposes to bring a fresh perspective to legal issues. On any given day, there could be 40 different items in the news with respect to courts – right down from the Supreme Court to the district court on a range of issues from Blue Whale to NEET to Love Jihad and Blackberry messages. It’s as bewildering as it is exhilarating. In fact, it’s liberating that in this democracy of ours we have the ability to debate agree or dissent as we continue our march onwards. Legal Notes will seek to assess, analyse, debate and dissect how the business of law impacts our lives in a hundred different ways. LN hopes to record the business of law each month for your reading pleasure.
Does a track record of only four death penalties since the inscription of the Constitution of India create the fear of the law in the eyes of the citizens? While countries across the world are banning this form of punishment, why is India still practicing it? With figures nowhere near the countries that give out the death penalty, is it time to question the validity of such sentences? But then how would a balance be maintained in providing justice to a victim's family and the collective conscience of a society? The cover story in the July issue of Legal Notes presents these and many other complex issues giving a complete scenario about the death penalty in India. In addition, a PIL has been filed for the protection of endangered lions dying unnatural deaths in the Gir sanctuary. Legal Notes traces this PIL and another filed last year (for elephants), giving a perspective on the inhumane approach used by authorities in "protecting" these endangered species. On the international front, California passed a new act that prohibits discrimination based on hair and the Pakistan judiciary is going through its déjà vu moment where a reference has been made against the proposed Chief Justice of Pakistan. Plus all the regular features.