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The latest issue of Legal Notes discusses in detail the issue of Privacy that the Supreme Court has decided as a fundamental right. Why have the centre’s moves to establish an all-India service for the lower judiciary not found many takers from the legal profession even though the courts are burdened with a huge volume of pending cases because of a shortage of judges. Flavia Agnes questions why there are so few women judges and why women do not enter the legal profession. Plus: What does Santhara -- the ancient Jain ritual, followed mainly by people belonging to the Swetambara sect, where the old and terminally ill take a vow to forsake food and water till death – entail? What is the government and legal view?
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.