This opinion was published in Dainik Bhaskar on March 16, 2022.
About the Authors
Deepika Kinhal is a Senior Resident Fellow and team lead for the JALDI (Justice, Access and Lowering Delays in India) initiative at Vidhi which focuses on judicial reforms. She has authored several data-driven research reports seeking to understand systemic issues that plague India’s justice delivery systems. She is now working towards translating the research findings into tangible solutions through interdisciplinary collaborations. Under the aegis of JALDI Innovation Lab, she is leading her team on projects at the intersection of law and other disciplines such as technology, management and design. Deepika has been a part of expert committees constituted by the eCommittee of the Supreme Court of India and NITI Aayog to design a roadmap to improve justice delivery through technology. She has also lead engagements with multiple High Courts aimed at improving their case and court management systems, and has appeared before Parliamentary Standing Committees on Mediation Bill and Judicial Impact Assessment. Deepika graduated from NLSIU, Bengaluru in 2012. Before joining Vidhi, she practiced as a civil-commercial lawyer in Karnataka with Dua Associates, and as a real-estate and capital markets lawyer at Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas. Deepika is trained in Carnatic classical music and has performed for All India Radio and a Kannada movie
Arghya is the Founder and Research Director at Vidhi. His areas of specialisation are constitutional law and regulation of the digital economy. He has served on a number of government committees including the B.N. Srikrishna-led committee of experts on a data protection framework for India. Arghya has a number of academic publications on the Supreme Court and the Constitution in leading law journals such as Law Quarterly Review and Public Law. He is also a columnist at The Telegraph and The Times of India. He has most recently authored a book “Independence and Accountability of the Indian Higher Judiciary” (Cambridge, 2019) which builds on his doctoral work at Oxford University. Prior to founding Vidhi, he was at Oxford as a Lecturer in Administrative Law at Pembroke College.
Lest We Forget: What did District Courts Prioritise During COVID-19 Pandemic?
A recent study conducted by Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy shows that in spite of the directions of the Court, the process of decongesting the prisons remained slow and cumbersome across almost all States.
Why Does Justice Wear Sahib’s Robes?
British Raj trappings, originally meant to cow down Indians and signal imperial superiority, make our courtrooms intimidating for ordinary people seeking redressal
10 Years On, How Nirbhaya Case Changed India’s Rape Laws
Even though challenges continue to persist, and Delhi retains the tag of being an unsafe city for women, the outrage in 2012 led to to the setting up of a three-member committee headed by Justice JS Verma to re-examine the criminal law framework in gender violence casesPrivacy & Cookies Policy