The RTE Act lays down that no child could be deprived of his/her right to education. The prolonged closure of schools due to the pandemic has undermined that process which is especially relevant to socially and educationally disadvantaged children.
The debate between practical and theoretical aspects of legal education has been growing. In this context, the norms surrounding legal pedagogy and course curriculum, along with ensuring the ethical and moral development of the students, need to be re-emphasised.
The Court has tried to reduce marginalisation of homosexuals and women in the armed forces through recent judgments. This goes to prove that even if justice is delayed, it is better than no justice at all.
As per a report of Praja Foundation, 99% of cases registered under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act in 2020 are pending trial. The delay is being attributed to factors like setting up of virtual courts during the pandemic and the unorganised police-court mechanism. There is, therefore, a need to understand the various agencies involved in the functioning of the POCSO Act and the issues and challenges faced by special courts due to which pendency has taken place.
The debate between personal liberty and national security concerns has been growing. In this context, the norms surrounding solitary confinement and speedy trial along with ensuring human dignity while being incarcerated need to be reemphasised.