Jammu and Kashmir

High court of Jammu and Kashmir calls for new laws to protect Pandits’ religious place

High Court of Jammu and Kashmir upholds Sanjay Tickoo's petition for protection of religious places and castigates communal versions of nationalism
NB: The operative aspect of this case may be seen in the highlighted part of para 1 (emphasis added). It is well-known that a large number of temples all over the Kashmir Valley have been desecrated and/or abandoned. According to Sanjay Tickoo, President of the Kashmiri Pandit Sangharsh Samiti the figure runs into several hundred, whose immovable property is valued at thousands of crores. Recently some people began occupying certain temples as a means of controlling & ultimately acquiring the land. Tickoo's petition was a means of resisting this. This judgement upholds his demand (ref para 27-c, and moreover passes significant observations on any and all communal definitions of nationhood.


crimes against the girl child continue to haunt India

The country’s alarmingly skewed child sex-ratio continues its disturbing trend with a decline in birth of nearly three million girls as opposed to 2.06 million boys during 2001-11, according to the ‘Children in India -2012: A statistical appraisal’ report recently released by the Ministry of Statistic and Programme Implementation. As per the report, Haryana, Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi, Chandigarh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh continue to indicate startlingly low child sex-ratio.