In September 2020, the brutal rape and murder of a young woman in Hathras shocked the nation. Some 27 years earlier, another similar rape occurred. Both are mirror images in terms of the crime and legal implications.
The division bench of Justices Pritinker Diwaker and PK Srivastava issued notices to the central government, the State of Uttar Pradesh, Superintendent of Jail (District Jail, Mathura), and Prabal Pratap Singh (Sub-Inspector, PS Maant, Mathura - the Informant/ Complainant).
The apex court has disapproved of the way in which the Shaheen Bagh protests took place and ruled that such agitations must be in designated areas alone and public spaces cannot be occupied indefinitely.
The arrest of a journalist en route to Hathras has unveiled the draconian features of the Act, under which anyone can be arrested for a period of six months without any proof of anti-national activities. It raises serious questions about violation of human rights.