illegal

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Indian Man Booked for Saying ‘Talaq’ Three Times Over the Phone

An FIR filed by the wife’s father states that the man tried to use the newly-criminalised practice to instantly divorce her, by calling her from Saudi Arabia.
Shamani Joshi
8.5.19
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Vapes and E-Cigarettes Could Soon Be Classified as ‘Drugs’ in India

Does the device considered a healthier alternative to smoking cigarettes deserve to be criminalised while tobacco companies continue to get away?
Shamani Joshi
6.17.19
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Indian Clothes Factories Have Been Busted Giving Employees Illegal 'Painkillers' That Are Messing With Their Periods

To ensure max productivity, the unmarked pills are given under strict supervision and often lead to side-effects like depression, UTIs and miscarriages.
Shamani Joshi
6.13.19
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Smearing a Cake on Someone’s Face in Public Can Get You Arrested in Gujarat

Even using chemical foam and adhesive tape out in the open is now illegal.
Shamani Joshi
5.15.19
Social Media

Who’s Afraid of TikTok?

The interim ban by the Indian Supreme Court has led to the removal of the Chinese app from Google Play and Apple stores. But digital activists say the move might be reducing India to a “nanny state”.
Pallavi Pundir
4.18.19
crime

Make in India: A Gun Smuggler Talks About Cheap Knock-Offs Taking Over the Illegal Gun Trade

“You bring any Chinese gun or even a Kalashnikov to them (children trained in the craft), and they can replicate it to be one as good as the original."
Zeyad Masroor Khan
2.21.19
porn

A 'Sexy Films' Seller Tells Us About the Porn Habits of His Village

'Hanuman Chalisa' acts as a code word, and women send their kids with chits detailing what they want.
Zeyad Masroor Khan
10.1.18