FAMILY PLANNING AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTHCARE IN INDIA

This article employs a feminist perspective and analyses the need for a shift in the approach of the Indian family planning programmes, in order to ensure better reproductive and sexual health for women in India. It is argued that despite the state claiming that the current family planning initiatives have promotion of women’s health as the primary goal, in reality, they are largely oriented towards population control. Further, they consider women as the means to achieve a larger goal, i.e. the welfare and development of the nation, and place a disproportionate burden on women to undertake family planning, thereby compromising their health. Thus, there is a need to re-evaluate the current approach, and the article suggests some measures that can be taken in this direction. Continue reading FAMILY PLANNING AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTHCARE IN INDIA

CRYOPRESERVATION OF HUMAN EMBRYOS AND REPRODUCTIVE CELLS: The Legal Loopholes [EDITORIAL]

-by Ramsha Reyaz Cryopreservation is the process of freezing biological specimens like cells, tissues, organelles etc. at very low temperatures for the purpose of preservation. Cryopreserved cells can remain viable for long periods of time and, therefore, the process is increasingly being used for preserving reproductive cells and fertilized embryos as part of in-vitro fertilization and other assisted reproductive techniques. Cryopreservation is an important aspect … Continue reading CRYOPRESERVATION OF HUMAN EMBRYOS AND REPRODUCTIVE CELLS: The Legal Loopholes [EDITORIAL]

Custodial

TAMIL NADU CUSTODIAL DEATHS: Who Will Guard the Guards Themselves?

In this piece, the authors discuss the incongruity between the profusion of judicial and legislative safeguards against custodial violence and the unpleasant image that various statistics present. Further, the article enunciates upon the intrinsic shortcomings of the prevalent safeguards and finally pitches for the need for standalone legislation on custodial violence. Continue reading TAMIL NADU CUSTODIAL DEATHS: Who Will Guard the Guards Themselves?

Surrogacy

ABSENCE OF MONETARY EXCHANGE AND EXPLOITATION: An Altruistic Surrogacy Perspective

Commercial surrogacy is deemed to be an exploitative affair for the surrogate, and therefore, the practice is penalized in India. Given this, we seem to have made a false assumption about altruistic surrogacy agreements, i.e., the factor of exploitation within these agreements does not exist. Thus, the following article sheds light on that discourse and attempts to show otherwise. Continue reading ABSENCE OF MONETARY EXCHANGE AND EXPLOITATION: An Altruistic Surrogacy Perspective

Health

WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION: Limitations to Effective COVID-19 Global Response

WHO was created for the purpose of facilitating cooperation among states over matters of public health and taking measures to strengthen the state of global health. However, the structural weakness of the organization has prevented it from responding to global health crises in an efficient manner. This necessitates the adoption of reforms necessary to create a reliable and internationally answerable yet empowered WHO, which may be found in Lawrence Gostin’s proposal for a Framework Convention on Global Health. Continue reading WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION: Limitations to Effective COVID-19 Global Response

Article 370 and Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation

ONE YEAR OF ABROGATION OF SPECIAL STATUS FROM JAMMU & KASHMIR [EDITORIAL]

Namrata Jeph The battle for Jammu and Kashmir was and is not merely or even mostly a battle for territory. It is an uncompromising and perhaps uncompromisable struggle for two ways of life, two concepts of political organization, two scales of values, and two spiritual attitudes. Joseph Korbel Introduction The Central Government on August 5 last year revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir … Continue reading ONE YEAR OF ABROGATION OF SPECIAL STATUS FROM JAMMU & KASHMIR [EDITORIAL]

Healthcare workers, burial, COVID-19, coronavirus, dead bodies, disposal

THE RIGHT TO DIE WITH DIGNITY DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

India has enlisted itself as one of the worst-hit countries by the coronavirus. With an exponential increase in COVID-19 deaths and an increased mismanagement of the dead bodies, it becomes pertinent to discuss the rights of the corpse. This article aims to elucidate the right to die with dignity as recognized by various courts of India. It progresses to discuss the issue of mass fatalities during COVID-19, its cognizance by Indian courts and guidelines for management issued by national and international bodies. The article concludes with a few suggestions to improve the prevailing situation and the need to dispose of bodies with due dignity as a welfare state. Continue reading THE RIGHT TO DIE WITH DIGNITY DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

PRE-PRINTED FORMS: A TOOL TO CIRCUMVENT INFORMED CONSENT

PRE-PRINTED FORMS: A TOOL TO CIRCUMVENT INFORMED CONSENT

Taking informed consent of a patient for a treatment is a quintessential obligation of any doctor or hospital or any medical fraternity. Pre-printed forms have long been used for the same purpose. These forms are used as a means to avoid the duty of informing the patient by which it becomes invalid consent. Recently, the NCDRC ruled against these practices terming them as ‘unfair practice’.This article analyzes the implication of this judgement and the way forward so that these consent forms are valid and patient-specific. Continue reading PRE-PRINTED FORMS: A TOOL TO CIRCUMVENT INFORMED CONSENT