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1. 1 AmiCode AmiCode/Mar 2019/Volume#1/Issue#10 Amity Law School, Noida
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3. 3 AmiCode- E-Newsletter of law, aims to serve as a platform of expressions for the law students and legal professionals. AmiCode aims to facilitate the students to use their knowledge and writing skills in the field of law. Law plays a very significant role in our lives as it serves as norm of conduct for the citizens of the society. It is must for a peaceful and problem-free society. Our society would not be able to function efficiently without laws. It’s very important to have a system of law in order to regulate a society. Law ensures that the human rights are respected and it is essential to safeguard our future generations. We at Amity University believe in the overall development of our students and provide them quality platforms to nurture their talent. The vision of Hon’ble Founder President is to create ambassadors of learning and values and that is exactly we are aiming at through vari- ous academic and associated activities. Amity University aspires to make each law student a successful lawyer and enable them to fulfill their dreams and to bring out the best in them. Each aspect related to law shall be discussed in AmiCode. The purpose is to support each learner in establishing a strong foun- dation of law. This bimonthly e-Newsletter, shall be sharing the best of expert advice for a successful career in Law. I congratulate Amity Law School Noida for initiating AmiCode e-Newsletter of Law, which has the essence of Amity’s foundation: Competence, Commitment and Self- Motivation. Best wishes and blessings to team AmiCode, faculty members, students, researchers, le- gal professionals and career experts. Prof. (Dr.) Balvinder Shukla Vice Chancellor Amity University Uttar Pradesh Professor - Entrepreneurship & Leadership Message from the desk of the Vice Chancellor
4. 4 Chairman’s Note: We at Amity University envision a bright future for our students in the field of law by creating successful lawyers of all times. Following the vision of our dynamic Hon’ble Founder President, we nurture talent. Students as well as the Faculty Members need to en- hance their reading and writing skills regularly. As a student of Law, each student is required to learn the multi-dimensional skill sets. Newsletter is the true face of any academic institution serving many purposes such as capturing what we have been doing, monitoring the outcome of activities, showcasing the creation and dissemination of knowledge etc. I congratulate Amity Law School Noida and team AmiCode for coming up with this e- Newsletter. I am sure that with the active participation of ALSN students and Faculty, AmiCode team will add new dimensions to learning. Dr. D.K. Bandyopadhyay Chief Adviser (FPO, Amity Group) Chairman - Amity Law Schools AmiCode, e-newsletter of Law, aims at inculcating the sense of analytical re- search, exploration, brain storming, idea generation and carving out ways to put that in the best possible way. The preliminary objective of our newsletter is to help stu- dents to develop the art of preparing compact and precise drafts and to enhance their skills. Unlike most of the written materials that are available in the form of humung- ous tree, we aim at creating quality material. Here, the ideas are fresh and unique. It gives a sense of responsibility, determination and learning to all those who are asso- ciated or wish to associate with the e-newsletter in future. I wish team AmiCode success and hope they excel in their endeavors. Prof. (Dr.) S. S. Singh Dean Faculty of Law Advisor ALS,AJA,ALF,AUUP Message from the Dean:
5. 5 From the Editor-in Chief’s Desk: Let us walk together towards exploring the law. We at Amity University aim to make each law student a successful lawyer and enable them to fulfill their dreams. We at AmiCode shall provide the students a platform to bring out the best in them. We also aim to take AmiCode to the next level of success and allow students to enhance and use their knowledge and writing skills in the field of law. AmiCode will share the expert advices bimonthly and it’s one such initiative taken to shape the young law minds acumen. In this age of information, AmiCode is initiated to establish a strong and shared foundation of ‘Law.’ “Amity Law” becomes AmiCode and this bimonthly e- Newsletter is presenting itself as a platform of learning and sharing. Each issue of AmiCode shall bring advice from career experts and will provide an opportunity to the students to present their observations, writings, research and legal aid initia- tives. Prof. (Dr.) Aditya Tomer Additional Director Amity Law School Noida From the Editor’s Desk: A good researcher can never be a bad lawyer. AmiCode, Law e-Newsletter, aims at provide a platform to law students and legal professionals to express their views. As an Amitian, I am sure that all our students will join this mission of self-growth and self-enhancement in the field of law. Through this bimonthly e-Newsletter, we shall be sharing the best of expert advice for a successful career in Law. Each aspect, which relates to law, shall be discussed in AmiCode. The motive is to assist each learner in establishing a strong foundation of law. We hope that AmiCode shall serve as a platform of expressions. Dr. Lekha Rani Singh Assistant Professor Amity Law School Noida
6. 6 International Conference on “Comparative Constitutional Law - Comparing and Contrasting the Constitutional Models of India and Australia” Amity Law School, Noida, Amity University Uttar Pradesh in collaboration with Adelaide Law School, University of Adelaide, Australia or- ganised a two-day International Conference on “Comparative Constitutional Law – Comparing and Contrasting the Constitutional Models of India and Australia” from 14th to 15th February 2019 at Amity University Noida Campus. The conference was held to discuss the laws of both the countries and amendments that could be made to ensure better and more precise judgments. Veterans from the field of Law, from both the countries, were present during the inaugural ceremony of the conference. Keynote speakers from Australia included – Dr. Paul Babie, Associate Dean, Adelaide Law School; Dr. David Goodwin, Director, Graduate School of Business and Law, RMIT University, Australia; Dr. Alexander Christoph, Associate professor, O.P Jindal Global University, Sonipat and Dr. Joshua Aston, Associate Professor, Edith Cowen University, Western Australia.Other Keynote speakers were – Dr. S.K Bhatnagar, Vice-Chancellor, Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow; Dr. Nishtha Jaiswal, Vice-Chancellor, National Law University, Shimla amongst others. Dr. Dilip Kumar Bandyopadhyay, Chairman, Amity Law School, in his inaugural address, said that the conference is going to be a great learning experience for all the law students as they would be exposed to the foreign perspective about law. He apprised that the Indian Constitution has seen regular amendments because of the rapid changes that have taken place in the field of science, technology and the society itself. He exclaimed that in order to in- crease our efficiency we must learn from the judgements and laws passed by other countries and make the necessary amendments. Sharing his views over the Constitution of both the countries, Dr. Manoj Kumar Sinha, Director, Indian Law School, New Delhi said that the constitutions of India and Australia have many similarities like the Parliamentary System, the Court of Law and a Federal setup. Giving detailed information about the Indian Constitution, Dr. Sinha said, “Our Constitution is extremely inspiring and motivating because of the fundamental rights given to the citizens and also the Directive Principles of State Policy. These factors make our constitution more liberal in nature.” He apprised that earlier we used to take almost 50% refences from foreign jurisdictions however in the current scenario, we mostly consolidate on our indigenous jurisdictions and cases. Citing an example of Refugee law in India as well as in Australia he said, it is simpler to enter India as a refugee compared to Australia who have very stringent rules and regu- lations. Dr. Nishtha Jaiswal, Vice-Chancellor, National Law University, Shimla, very firmly expressed that all of us owe our existence to the Constitu- tion. According to her, the constitution lays the foundation of a country. In her speech, she made references of several cases and jurisdictions which totally revolutionized the judiciary system of India. She called upon the audience that irrespective of our nationalities we all need to defend and abide by our Con- stitution because our very identity depends on it. Dr. Paul Babie, Associate Dean, Adelaide Law School, University of Adelaide reiterated the commonalities that exist between the constitutions of India and Australia. He said that this similarity is because of the same British inheritance. He expressed that not only scholars and jurists but also the stu- dents and faculties can sharpen their understandings of Constitutional laws and legal system of both the countries through the conference. Through a presentation, Dr. Alexander Christoph, Associate professor, O.P Jindal Global University, Sonipat shared statistics which depicted self-dependency of both the countries on their own indigenous citations and references of various cases. He asserted that there is a need for comparative le- gal research to assist Australian counsel and judges in making greater use of Indian precedents. He also added that both India and Australia can learn a lot from each other’s Constitution and their amendments. Expressing his thoughts during the valedictory session the Chief Guest, Hon’ble Justice Deepak Gupta, Judge, Supreme Court said that in a world of growing economy and trade, it is extremely necessary to communicate in order to understand each other’s laws and cultures. According to him, one of the most important (unmentioned) rights in India was the Right to Dissent. He appealed to the youngsters to strongly defend their ideas but at the same time be open to other persons’ convictions and opinions. “We need to have an accommodating approach and refrain from being intolerant” he added. He concluded with an advice to the young aspirants in the field of law, “Accept that others have a right to disagree with you.” Expressing her opinion, Ms. Geeta Luthra, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court, said that the courts, all over the world, have huge responsibilities on their shoulders and play a balancing role in the society. She reiterated the commonalities in law that India and Australia have shared as oriental countries. Justice Prateek Jalan, Judge, Delhi High Court, expressed his gratitude to the organizers for choosing such a unique topic for discussion. He said that knowledge and acquaintance to the Constitution and laws of other countries help us in getting a better understanding of their traditions, hierarchical framework and laws. He apprised that the Australian Constitution is relatively more rigid that the Indian Constitution. He said that when we think of the similarities and dissimilarities of the Constitution and laws, we must bear in mind the limitations imposed on them, by our culture and society. Justice Chander Shekher, Judge, Delhi High Court and Mr. Prashanto Chandra, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court also lent their valuable ad- vice to the students. The award for the best paper on Comparing and Contrasting the Constitutional Models of India and Australia was bagged by Christopher Piggott from University of Queensland, Brisbane. The distinguished Guests of the Inaugural Ceremony Release of the Souvenir by the distinguished Guests of the Valedictory Ceremony
7. 7 India Qualifying Rounds of Global Legal Hackathon 2019 Amity Law School, Noida jointly organized the India Qualifying Rounds of the Global Legal Hackathon, 2019 on 24th February 2019 at Amity Uni- versity, Noida Campus. It is a global event organized in more than 22 countries with over 5000 participants contending to achieve a spot in the Global Com- petition to be held in New York, USA on May 24th , 2019. The competition is organized in 3 levels: The first being the qualifying round of different coun- tries, the second will be the online round to be held on 15th March, 2019 and then the final round in May. The Chief Executive Head of the event, also the Addl. Director/Joint Head of Amity Law School, Noida was present with all the participants and en- couraged them with their ideas throughout the 3 days and gave valuable insights on their projects. The General Secretary of the event, Mr. Akshay Sapra, also a partner at Ardent Legal Firm along with mentors from various companies like Sparklin, Taxmann, 3M, etc, added to the whole event by staying throughout the Hackathon in activities like the pitching of the ideas, the presentation and the whole brainstorming process. The event started with the registration of over 15 teams on 22nd of February, 2019 who learned about the format of the event and presented a 60- second pitch to the mentors with whom they worked for 2 days on the idea and eventually 7 teams reached to the final 5-minute pitch in front of the judges on 24th February, 2019. The judges for the event were Mr. Akshay Sapra (Partner at Ardent Legal), Mr. Sanjay Nagi (MD Market Insights Consultants), Ms. Monica Suri (Assistant Professor, Amity Law School, Noida), Ms. Ritu Grover (CEO, Global Helpdesk), Mr. Varun Dhingra (CEO, Renous Consulting), Mr. Nimish Puri (CEO, 3M). The guest for the valedictory of the event was Prof. (Dr.) D.K. Bandyopadhyay, Chairman of the Amity Law Schools who gave valuable feedback to the participants. He said that this event is a very innovative format and Amity can become the centre of its progressive nature. Amity is the pioneer institute to have provided this platform where Law with Technology can came together to provide feasible solutions in for the legal fraternity and be able to create a setup that would help large number of people. This is the first event of this kind and stature which is being organized anywhere in India and with its kick start like this it has a long way to go. The qualifying teams for the next round were Koncord Law, Daya Legal, Delegatus & E-Barristers who will participate in the Online Round held on 15th March, 2019. Further, there was a release of Souvenir by the guest and the judges. The event ended with the Vote of Thanks by Ms. Swati Kaushal, Executive Faculty Convener for the event. A Glimpse of the Event
8. 8 3rd Amity National Hindi Moot Court Competition 2019 To promote the Hindi language and impart legal knowledge amongst budding legal professionals, Amity Law School Noida organized 3rd Amity National Hindi Moot Court Competition -2019 on “Adoption Laws and Criminal Laws” at Amity University Noida campus. The objective of the Moot Court Competition was to envisage and hold the traditions and philosophy of law at grass root level with particular focus on Hindi which is an official lan- guage of District Courts in 11 states of our Country including Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Uttaranchal. This year, the competition witnessed the participation of around 30 teams from prominent law universities and colleges across the Nation including Delhi University, Christ University, Bangalore, National Law Institute University, Bhopal, Hidayatullah National Law University and Aligarh Muslim University amongst others. Addressing the gathering, Mr. Ramesh Chandra Ratan, PSC Chairman- Ministry of Railways, Senior Counsel Supreme Court of India and National Senior Vice President BJP said that language plays an important role but can also act as a barrier in getting justice, if a person is not able to ex- press the case like filing FIR, understanding the arguments in court, judgments etc. He shared that earlier, India was referred as a Golden Bird but with adap- tation of western culture, India is losing its identity, essence and traditions. He apprised that now a days, many foreigners are embracing the Indian culture and Hindi language, thereby; Indians must realize the importance of their mother tongue and roots. Ms. Monika Arora, Advocate, Supreme Court of India and Standing Counsel in Delhi High Court for Army, Navy, Air Force, BSF, CRPF, CISF and other Para-military forces. Additional Standing Counsel JNU lauded Amity for organizing Hindi Moot Court which is an important step to- wards promoting the language in the profession. She pointed out that the vested interest of few stakeholders of the country is not to promote the language so that the citizens will not be able to understand that the laws are meant for their succor. Calling English as a complex language, she apprised that many cases in courts are get delayed as clients are unable to understand the language and usually sign the paper or agree to an argument without understating its mean- ing which subsequently, complicates the case. Ms. Arora mentioned “The language doesn’t come alone; it comes with a culture and civilization. A person can learn about the country, its history and culture in a better way when taught in the mother language.” Speaking on the occasion, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Prabhat Chandra Agarwal, Former Judge, Madhya Pradesh High Court laid emphasis on giv- ing due weightage to both the languages, Hindi and English, in legal profession since India is a vast nation with many languages hence, some may not un- derstand English but there are people who are not well versed with Hindi language. He further added that the legal books are not properly translated in Hindi which makes it difficult to refer them while having arguments in court. Motivating the budding legal professionals, Dr. Ashok K Chauhan, Founder President, Amity Education Group encouraged the students to as- pire for a successful career and work with utmost dedication and persuasion to achieve it. He congratulated the participating teams and said that participation in such competitions will lay the foundation for success. Addressing legal professionals as social engineers and healers, Ms. Aishwarya Bhati, Additional Advocate General, State of UP for Supreme Court of India said that lawyers play a very significant role in bringing positive change in the society. She remarked that law education is not only about studying legal acts and facts but it imbibes the sentiment to work for a better world. Ms. Bhati advised the students to work with morale and values since the client puts in his or her complete faith on the lawyer and is expected to bring justice. Winner – Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University (DSNLU), Vishakhapatnam 1st Runner-up – Delhi Metropolitan Education 2nd Runner-up – Team from Faculty of Law, Lucknow University Best Memorial Award – Team from Faculty of Law, Lucknow University Best Researcher – Ms. Akanksha Singh from Aligarh Muslim University Best Speaker – Mr. Trivakam from Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University Dr. Ashok K Chauhan, Founder President, Amity Education Group addressing the gathering Felicitation of the Chief Guest Ms. Monika Arora, Advocate, Supreme Court of India and Standing Counsel in Delhi High Court addressing the gathering Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University (DSNLU), Vishakhapat- nam Winner of the Competition
9. 9 International Symposium on “Dialectic Reflections on the Position of Women in the Twenty First Century India: A step towards Right to Equality” On the occasion of International Women’s day, Amity Law School Noida organized International Symposium on “Dialectic Reflections on the Posi- tion of Women in the Twenty First Century India: A step towards Right to Equality” at Amity University, Sector 125 Noida. The objective of the symposi- um was to create awareness amongst people regarding the changing social and political landscape in India, a step that will enable women to successfully take on orthodox elements in their community. Lamenting over the increase of acid attack crimes against women, Acid Attack Survivor and Consultant, Acid Watch Cell, Delhi Commission for Women Ms. Shaheen Malik stressed that despite the order of Supreme Court towards monitoring the sale of acid, it is easily available and sold. She asserted that unless there is a proper restriction on sale of acid at retail shops, there will not be a drop in acid attack crimes. She further talked about the rul- ing of apex court that has mandated free treatment for acid attack victims but its implementation is very rare. “Several hospitals decline admission to the vic- tim or hey try to just save the life of the person rather than providing an efficient cosmetic surgery, if they come to know that the treatment has to be provid- ed free of cost.” she shared. Ms. Malik apprised that not many victims are aware about their rights such as receiving free treatment, compensation etc. since their rights are ex- ploited. She remarked that over a period of time, stricter laws and favorable schemes have been introduced but there has been minimal implementation on ground. Ms. Malik advocated the need to sensitize the judiciary, police and doctors towards dealing with acid attack cases. She added that in many cases, a victim has to be prove at court that they have suffered from acid attack due to lack of proper case filing by Police at initial stages. She also demanded for establishment of well-equipped hospitals in every state to treat acid attack victims. Ms. Shaheen Malik was accompanied by Acid Attack Survivor Gulnaaz Khan who reciprocated the idea of better implementation of laws to de- crease acid attack crimes. Advocate Fazal Abdali, Advocate Activist for Refugee Women Cause shared that the larger population of refugees around the world are women who face lot of problems while seeking asylum. It has been witnessed and noted that the rights of refugee women are often violated and they are tortured, raped and murdered by the agents (who promise to help them) or officers or even, by locals of host countries. He emphasized that lack of awareness about their rights and fear of being refugees, make these women vulnerable towards the heinous crimes meted upon them and hence, they fail to report it. Advocate Faizal said that since independence, India has been host to millions of asylum seekers from various countries but due to lack of formulated national refugee laws leading to catastrophic incidents. He averred that there is a need to have direct and firm refugee laws to deal with the huge refugee population with uniformity and equality. Prof. (Dr.) D.K. Bandyopadhyay, Chairman, Amity Law Schools shared that this symposium was organized with an aim to raise awareness about Women Rights and their struggle to achieve equality while also highlighting their social presence in the twenty first century in India. Dr. Bandyopadhyay averred that the need to of the hour is bring forth certain changes in our legal frame work to promote Right to Equality since no country can progress unless every citizen is provided with equal human rights. The Symposium received more than 120 abstracts from across the nation including from various eminent law colleges such as Faculty of Law, Delhi University; Aligarh Muslim University; Symbiosis Law School, Hyderabad; Bhartiya Vidyapeeth, Pune; Jamia Millia Islamia and Karnataka State Law Uni- versity amongst others. After thorough screening, 24 papers were selected for presentation. During the Valedictory Ceremony, the first prize for ‘Best Paper’ was conferred upon Ms. Rashi Rohiya and Ms. Rashi Srivastava from Amity Law School Gwalior, the second position was bagged by Dr. R S Kaul from Amity Law School Noida and Advocate Parineeta Agal won the third prize. A Glimpse of the Event
10. 10 “Gaurvi” - A Revolutionary Step towards Community Outreach and Gender Awareness On the occasion of “International Women’s Day”, Amity Centre for Gender Justice and Child Rights, Amity Law School, Noida organized “Gaurvi” - A Revolutionary Step towards Community Outreach and Gender Awareness at Amity University, Noida. The programme aimed at intimating women with their duties, roles and responsibilities towards the society and to encourage them to work for the betterment of the nation. Sharing her views during the inaugural ceremony, Professor (Dr.) Shefali Raizada, Additional Director, Amity Law School said that eve- ry woman in her life goes through innumerable hardships and has her own success story, so she must embrace her life in all circumstances. The pur- pose of this initiative is to provide maximum benefit to the society and spread happiness. Expressing his thoughts, Prof. C.B. Sharma, Chairman, Nation- al Institute of Open Schooling said that he was brought up in a culture where women had the last say in the society. He exclaimed that we must treat every day as Women’s day by the bestowing respect and honor to the women which they truly deserve. He expressed that if we want our society and nation to emerge, then the women of our country must take equal stance as the men. He said that as we are witnessing women excel- ling in almost every field, it’s our responsibility to lend our support to them and encourage them to come forward with confidence and build the nation. Guest of Honor, Ms. Aishwarya Bhati, Additional Attorney General, Uttar Pradesh exclaimed that community outreach is an essen- tial part of a student’s life because knowing the realities in a society is very important. She said that all of us must strive for equality and should- n’t create limitations for any gender. Addressing the law students, she said that “You have great responsibilities on your shoulders, as you are going to teach the social doctrines to the people from various profes- sions.” She exclaimed that this is an era in which women must step for- ward and take control of their status and situation. A Book (Scopus Indexed) by Wolters Kluwer on “Law-Medico Immersion: Issues & Challenges” and a Souvenir was released during the valedictory ceremony of the event. A skit was also performed by the dra- ma society of Amity Law School – ‘Mukriti’ to spread awareness about issues related to women like gender equality, girl child education and ille- gal sex determination. Amity Mock Parliament 2019 To familiarize the students about the proceedings and working of Indi- an Parliamentary system, Amity Law School Noida organized 5th Edition of Amity Mock Parliament (AMP). Law students from various law institutes and universities across the country participated in the mock parliament and got the opportunity to understand the parliamentary procedure. Addressing the gathering, Sh. Sukhvinder Sheoran, MLA, Badhra (Haryana) said that now-a-days, youngsters are under constant pressure, ei- ther from parents, peer or society, to perform well or behave in a certain way. Since the competition is high, it has become essential for young people to be more aware, in terms of knowledge, about the working in different fields. He highlighted that an individual can achieve any goal if the person works dedi- catedly for it. He advised the students to push the boundaries and to explore new opportunities, constantly. Talking about Indian Political system, Sh Sheoran praised the demo- cratic proceedings in the country and pointed that despite selecting their own minister, 30% of population do not approach the politicians to resolve the is- sues. He called upon the gathering to develop an approachable attitude and contact the minister of their constituency with any issue they face, only then politicians will be able to help and create a better society. Sh. Sheoran urged the budding legal professionals to maintain discipline in the profession and averred that legal profession gives the opportunity to serve the society, there- by; they should always help the needy in their fight for justice. Sharing his views, Dr. Ashok K Chauhan, Founder President, Ami- ty Education Group remarked that legal profession is an independent profes- sion since; the legal professional is not dependent on any product or machine for its professional growth. He urged the law students to experience different parliamentary systems for better understanding of the world. He opined that mock parliament is a platform that imbibes values, learning and education which adds in the personal development. This year, there were committees including Joint Session of Parliament - “Agenda: Deliberation on the Citizenship Laws of India with specific em- phasis on the Citizen Amendment Bill 2016 and NRC”; National Commission for Women- “Agenda: Deliberation on the prohibition of Commercial Surro- gacy with respect to Women and LGBT Community”; Princely States Meet- “Agenda: Integration of India” and Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ag- riculture- “Agenda: Deliberation on Agricultural policies and its impact on farmers with special emphasis on Minimum Support Pricing (MSP) and Fi- nancial Assistance”. “Best Delegate Award” in Joint Session of Parliament was awarded to Mr. Aakash Srivastava from Amity School of Engineering and Technology; “Best Delegate Award” in National Commission for Women was conferred upon Mr. Ankit Rana from Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies, IP University; Mr. Akhil Kumar from Amity Law School Delhi received the “Best Delegate Award” in Parliamentary Standing Committee on Agriculture and Mr. Siddharth Chital from Amity Law School Noida bagged the “Best Delegate Award” in Princely States Meet and Ms. Ayesha Mittal got the award for “The Best Journalist.”
11. 11 Asia-Pacific Rounds of Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition 2019 Amity Law School, Noida hosted the prestigious Asia-Pacific Rounds of Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition from 28th - 31st March 2019. The event witnessed participation from various law schools, institutes and universities from all over the world. The stature of Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court is that of a Grand Slam in Moot Court Competitions. This was concluded with a Valedictory Ceremony. A total number of 36 teams partic- ipated in the Asia Pacific Rounds of Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court 2019 out of which 25 teams were from India, from different National Law Uni- versities and reputed law colleges and 11 teams were from 8 different countries from all over the world. The competition started with Registration on Day 1, followed by a Gala Dinner in the evening. Preliminary Rounds took place on Day 2, followed by Quarter Final Rounds and Semi-Final Rounds on Day 3. On the fourth day, Final Round took place and the event concluded with the Prize Distribution and Valedictory Ceremony. For the Quarter Final Rounds, the participants were City University of Hongkong (021) Vs Maharashtra National Law School (037). NLSIU Bangalore (039) Vs The West Bengal National University of Judicial Sciences, Kolkata (013). National Law University Delhi (025) Vs School of Law, Wuhan University (045). National University of Singapore (015) Vs The University of Adelaide (012). The following teams qualified for the Semi-Final Rounds: School of Law, Wuhan University (045), The West Bengal National University of Ju- dicial Sciences, Kolkata (013), City University of Hongkong (021) and National University of Singapore (015). In the Final Round of Manfred Lachs International Space Law Moot Court Competition, which took place in the Moot Court Hall, the two participat- ing teams were – School of Law (045), Wuhan University, China and National University of Singapore (015). Lim Jia Ren, Ong Kye Jin and Dorcas Ping represented Singapore and Chen Jiangnan, Lu Jiachen and Lu Xiaoronhg represented China. During the final round the Singapore team played the role of applicant and the team from China played the role of respondent. The event was judged by Mr. M.S. Oberoi, Senior Advocate, Prof. A.K. Kaul, Delhi University, Prof. Paul Babie, Adelaide University, Prof. (Dr.) S.S. Singh, Ex. VC, NLU Bhopal and Honorable Chief Justice Rajesh Tandon. National University of Singapore won the competition while Wuhan University was Runners-up. The Valedictory Ceremony of Asia-Pacific Rounds of Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition 2019 began with the auspicious lightening of the lamp and welcoming of the distinguished Guests of Honor. The Chief Guest for the event was Hon’ble Mr. Justice M. R. Shah, Judge, Supreme Court of India and distinguished Guests of Honor were His Excellency, Mr. Hector Cueva, The Ambassador of Ecuador to India, New Delhi and Hon’ble Mr. Justice Rajesh Tandon, Chairperson, Uttrakhand Law Commission and Former Judge, High Court of Uttrakhand. The event started with a robot welcoming the gathering and giving a brief introduction about the theme of the event. Prof. (Dr.) Aditya Tomer, Additional Director/Jt. HOI, Amity Law School, Noida, addressed the gathering and thanked all the dignitaries for sparing their valuable time and gracing the ceremony. He also thanked all the participants. Prof. (Dr.) S. S. Singh, Dean, Faculty of Law, Advisor ALS, AJA, ALF, Amity University Uttar Pradesh warmly welcomed the guests and par- ticipants and gave his best wishes to them. He enunciated the common aspects of such mooting events which give ample opportunity to encourage the cour- age, confidence and talent of the students, which if excelled in can do wonders. Prof. (Dr.) Dilip Kumar Bandyopadhyay, Chief Adviser, FPO Amity Group, Chairman, Amity Law Schools warmly welcomed all the Guests of Honour. He applauded the historical day in the journey of Amity and threw light upon the two-fold objectives of this mooting event that is to familiarize the students with the coming up field of the contemporary space law. Secondly, the message of what is to be taken home by the participants is the spirit of the moot court. Prof. (Dr.) Sunita Singh, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Amity University, Uttar Pradesh, welcomed the gathering and appreciated Amity Law School, Noida for hosting the Asia Pacific Rounds of Manfred Lachs Moot Court Competition for the first time in India. She highlighted the importance of moot court competitions for enhancing advocacy skills.She attributed the success of Amity University to the vision and mission of our Hon’ble Founder Presi- dent Sir, Dr. Ashok K. Chauhan because of whom all this is possible. She believes that such exposure always remain fruitful. Prof. (Dr.) Balvinder Shukla, Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor, Amity University Uttar Pradesh upheld the importance of practical skills in the field of law. Moots are the closest one can get to the real-life scenario of the legal system. They have been a part of every law institution in today’s time and many students are participating in it for the invaluable gains of such a stimulated environment. She emphasized upon the developments in space law and speciali- zation in this field. She also highlighted the spirit of teamwork and suggested students to take back a bunch of experiences, friendships and network. Regional Coordinator, Prof. Paul Babie, D.Phil., Adelaide Law School, Professor of Property Law and Theory, The University of Adelaide, Australia, thanked Amity Law School, Noida for pulling off such a successful event. He was grateful to Amity University for the hospitality offered and sailing through the show very smoothly. He told the participants that they made their institutions very proud. Hon’ble Mr. Justice Rajesh Tandon, Chairperson, Uttrakhand Law Commission and Former Judge, High Court of Uttrakhand, congratulat- ed Founder President Sir, Dr. Ashok K Chauhan for getting the recognition at the global level. He emphasised on the fact of studying the constitution of a country which is of utmost importance and giving weightage to different treaties formulated. He quoted Swami Vivekanand and emphasized upon learning being a continuous and never-ending process. His Excellency, Mr. Hector Cueva, The Ambassador of Ecuador to India, New Delhi, was grateful to Amity University for inviting him to the campus. He believes that law is an umbrella which covers every aspect of the society. Hon’ble Mr. Justice M. R. Shah, Judge, Supreme Court of India congratulated Amity University for hosting the event and complimented IISL for organizing moot courts on space law. He discussed in detail about space law and its aspects highlighting the five treaties governing space law. A lawyer must never appear without preparation of facts and law. Key to become a successful lawyer are the four Ps which are prepare, present, persuade and punctu- ality. One must always abide by these Ps to have a prospering career.
12. 12 Then the announcement of the result under different categories was done, which is as follows: Best Memorial: Gujarat National Law University Best Speaker (Preliminary Rounds): Mr. Lim Jia Ren, National University of Singapore Best Speaker (Final Round): Ms. Dorcas Ong Gee Ping, National University of Singapore Special mention for the 5 next Best Speakers: Mr. Tang Pui Yan, City University of Hong Kong Mr. Aryan Khanna, National Academy of Legal Studies and Research, Hyderabad Mr. Karan Vijay, National Law University, Delhi Mr. Jai Sanyal, National Law University, Mumbai Mr. Connor Rossi, University of Adelaide The winners were National University of Singapore (015) and Runners up were School of Law (045), Wuhan University, China. Then the Souvenir of the event was released, and a book was also released titled “Gender Discourse and Legal Perspectives.” The distinguished Guests of the Valedictory Ceremony Release of the Souvenir The Winning Team
13. 13 Amity Human Values Quarter 2019 Activities Amity Human Values Quarter is one of the important Mega Events of Amity University Uttar Pradesh, Noida Campus to inculcate and nurture Human Values and Passion for Humanity amongst our students. Amity University through Human Value Quarter besides emphasizing upon the importance of inculcating value system for all round personality development of our students also enable them to become good human being and responsible citizens of our Nation. The students imbibed Human Values by undertaking Community Outreach activities by participating in activities related to Human Values at institutional level and outside the campus. Visit to School at Prahlad Ghadi, Ghaziabad The Amity Human Values Quarter 2019 Student Committee members along with the Faculty In-charge Dr. Lekha Rani Singh, Assistant Profes- sor, Amity Law School, Noida with the motto “Humanity Leads to Solidarity” visited a school at Prahlad Ghadi in Ghaziabad on 21st February, 2019 to inculcate human values in the students through an interactive session along with Quiz. They conducted activities on importance of unity, need for health and sanitation, gratitude towards parents and teachers, honesty and respect for elderly people. The school students participated with great zeal in the activities and took a pledge that they will imbibe the human values and grow up as a good citizen. Team AHVQ interacting with the students Student participating in the Quiz Student participating in the activity Team asking questions to the student
14. 14 Group Discussion on Women Issues The team of Amity Human Values Quarter 2019 of Amity Law School, Noida conducted Group Discussion on Women Issues on March 07, 2019 on the topics representing the values like Gender Equality and Respect for Women. The group chose the topic on the spot by picking up a slip. The group discussion started with the participant’s individual views and opinions being put forth and was summed up by a common conclusion. This was fol- lowed by the feedback from the evaluators, Ms. Vaijayanti Banerjee and Ms. Sreedurga TN. The First position was secured by Mr. Mahir Khanna, the Second position was secured by Ms. Diksha Suri and the Third position was secured by Mr. Vaibhav Khanna. Extempore on Human Values The team of Amity Human Values Quarter 2019 of Amity Law School, Noida conducted Extempore on Human Values on February 25, 2019 on the topics representing the values like Gratitude towards parents, Respect for elderly people, Equality, Unity, Care, Harmony etc. The activity made the partici- pants think about the issues prevalent in the society and also made them contemplate that do they really possess Human Values. The First position was secured by Ms. Rishika Richa, Second position was secured by Ms. Deeksha Suri and Third position was secured by Ms. Mehak Goswami. Participant expressing her views on the topic Winners of Extempore The participants expressing their views in the Group Discussion Winners of Group Discussion
15. 15 Visit to “Dadi Ki Rasoi” Humanity still exist, there are people who believe in helping others. One such person is Noida-based social activist Mr. Anoop Khanna, who started a novel initiative called “Dadi Ki Rasoi”, where he serves food for just Rs 5. He caters to the needs of almost 500 people every day. He serves dal, rice, roti and other vegetables to the needy. In order to support this noble cause, the students and staff of Amity Law School, Noida did contri- bution. The Amity Human Values Quarter 2019 Student Committee members along with the Faculty In-charge Dr. Lekha Rani Singh, Assistant Profes- sor, Amity Law School, Noida visited “Dadi Ki Rasoi” on February 26, 2019 and provided food material for the preparation of the meal and helped Mr. Anoop Khanna in serving food to the financially weaker section of the society. The team got an opportunity to help Mr. Anoop Khanna and after interacting with him we have learnt the real meaning of the word “Compassion” and “Sewa.” AHVQ 2019 Team helping in serving the food People lined up at the “Dadi Ki Rasoi” food stall Students of Amity Law School, Noida serving food AHVQ 2019 Team of Amity Law School, Noida with Mr. Anoop Khanna
16. 16 Visit to DESIRE Society, Sector 92, Noida The Amity Human Values Quarter 2019 Student Committee members along with the Faculty In-charge Dr. Lekha Rani Singh, Assistant Profes- sor, Amity Law School, Noida visited DESIRE Society on 16th April, 2019 to help the children who are abandoned and orphaned by HIV/AIDS and to provide them environment of love and care. We provided those children Pencil Boxes with stationery items, Water Bottles, Lunch Boxes and Fruits as de- sired by the Society. To make them feel happy we organised playful activities for them like dancing, singing, dog in the bone and also had interactive ses- sion with them in which the team spoke about the importance of Human Values. DESIRE Society is a great example of serving the society with equality and avoiding any sort of discrimination. It promotes humanity irrespective of the fact that those children are HIV/ AIDS infected. The purpose was to spend time with the children abandoned and orphaned by HIV/AIDS and to bring smile on their faces; the children participated with great enthusiasm in the activities. Winners of Debugging: Film Screening CompetitionParticipants watching the video Debugging: Film Screening The team of Amity Human Values Quarter 2019 of Amity Law School, Noida organised Debugging: Film Screening on Human Values on April 05, 2019 on the topics representing the values like Respect for the country, Honesty, Respect towards parents, Generosity, Compassion, Humanity, Unity and Environment. Debugging Competition was conducted in which the students were shown videos on Human Values through those videos they were asked to identify the values and to interpret it. Short video clips were shown to the participants to express their ideology with respect to Human Values. Then, they were given two minutes to jot down their ideology and after that they were asked to speak their interpretation. The activity made the participants think about the issues prevalent in the society and made them understand the need for human values in daily life. The activity provided students a platform to express their views on importance of humanity and human values through film screening. The First position was secured by Ms. Mehak Goswami, the Second position was secured by Ms. Ayesha Mittal and the Third position was secured by Mr. G. Aditya. Team AHVQ 2019 Distributing the Stationery Items Team AHVQ 2019 Distributing Fruits to the children Children participating in the Activity Team AHVQ 2019 ALSN with the children of DESIRE Society
17. 17 Ms. Shruti Khandelwal Student: BA LLB (H) Amity Law School, Noida Amity University Uttar Pradesh An Argument for Legalizing Prostitution “The only thing that the government has done for us is to label us ‘PROHIBITED’. Forget having an access to a better life, we have been denied even the basic human rights” --- A Prostitute She slid the straps of her dress carefully and curled her pink lips in the mirror, thinking that he will not even notice the dress as he will undress her in a hurry. But it hardly mattered as her body paid the price for that expensive dress that he had brought for her. We live in a society which forms an opinion about a person by his/her profession. Doctors/ Engineers are considered to be high professional but we cannot even imagine what the society broods about the Prostitutes. Prostitution is the elderly profession in the world. Around 6th century the girls were given in the temples to God, they were called the Devdasi which literally means God’s female servant. In recent times, there are 7 notorious red light districts of India (Kamathipura—Mumbai, Wadia—Gujarat, Shivdaspur—Varanasi, GB Road—Delhi, Nat Purwa--Uttar Pradesh, Devadasis concept – Karnataka, Shonagachi--Kolkata). We live in a civilized society but still our society looks down at prostitutes, they are considered as mere object by men and considered the dirt in the society. There are about 2.8 million prostitutes in the country and are still increasing as indicted by the Lok-Sabha. Instead of such large number still India lacks far behind in defining the rights of prostitutes and legalizing them in the territory. The studies have showed that not all women come in this profession on their own will. It is showed that in every hour, 4 women and girls in India enter into this profession out of which 3 enter against their will. Prostitution is a muddle in itself and the child prostitution makes it even worse. The prostitu- tion is chosen by the women due to poverty, no education, human trafficking, family profession etc. Prostitution in India is considered illegal. Although in India no law considers “offering body for sex to gain material benefits illegal”, with a condi- tion that no such activity should be done close to public place. Public places include temples, mosques, hostels, parks etc. As per Immoral Traffic (suppression) act, 1956 if two people are having sex at their home, in any private place (which is not a public place as mentioned above) is not illegal. The Indian Penal Code states that certain activities relating to prostitution are dereliction of law such as --Kerb crawling, Pandering, being an owner of a brothel or even running one, Pimping etc. The prostitution should be legalized in India. During April 2015 there was a session on acts of crime against women. It was observed that if the sex work is decriminalized then the stance of the women in the society would improve. The all India Network of sex worker’s president, BHARATI DEY stated that people become prostitute on their own accord and they need to be given same rights as others. In 2009, even the SC advised to legalize prostitution. Even The apex court in this infamous case of Gaurav Jain v. Union of India issued directions for the upliftment of prostitutes and establishment of the ju- venile home for the children of prostitutes so as to provide them social security which is one of their right as a human being. The prostitutes are weary about going to a doctor and are always harassed by the police, even the landlords expel them from the house if they get to know about their living. If they are legalized, then their rights will be known and even this will protect their children.Even the lawyers reject their cases and they are not served the justice. But the last hope left for the prostitutes is the judiciary to make certain law which legalize them and even prevent the human trafficking where the women are forced to become a sex worker.
18. 18 Ms. Ishita Mehrotra Student: B. Com. LLB (H) Amity Law School, Noida Amity University Uttar Pradesh Draft on the New Intermediary Guidelines, 2018 – A Brief For the past few years, the liberties that have been extended to the intermediaries have been under debate. All over the world, there have been confer- ences and talks with respect to the freedom that has been extended to the intermediaries. Our nation has recently drafted a new set of rules with respect to the intermediaries. Since then, there has been an uproar in the entire nation wherein everyone is divided in their opinions with respect to the rules that have been formulated. The intermediaries are naturally opposing the same because of the compliances that they are being expected to follow. The rules were drafted on 24th December, 2018 and comments from various stakeholders had been invited. One thing that was almost common amongst all the oppositions was the Rule 3(9). This rule expects the intermediaries to deploy technology that proactively identifies and disables the access of the publicto the unlawful content. Compliance to this Rule is being considered as untenable on a variety of grounds by the intermediaries. They are arguing that they are being ex- pected to police the data that is being uploaded on their sites which is absolutely absurd since they cannot be the ones to decide what is lawful and what is not. Where Rule 3 (2) describes what might constitute the unlawful content in general, it does not specifically point out what constitutes this arena. What might be considered as immoral at one point of time might not be considered so at another point of time. Intermediaries are of the view that they are not the right entity to police what exactly can be uploaded on their websites and what has to be removed almost immediately. Also, they are being expected to deploy technology that would automatically identify the unlawful content. This is going to involve high costs and the software that they are being asked to develop to conduct such an activity might not be viable either. The intermediaries have raised the argument that the Artificial Intelligence is at the primitive stage and it cannot possibly achieve what is being expected out of this at such a stage. They are vehemently oppos- ing the Rule because they think that they are not the right entity to judge the righteousness of the content that is being uploaded.No specific guidelines with respect to what exactly should be removed have been supplied. The IPR committee considers this rule as a bold move by the Government since Rule 3(2) (d) includes the content that infringes patent, trademarks, copyrights or other proprietary rights has to be removed by the intermediaries via the technology being deployed by them. This rule is hence, being wel- comed by the IPR committee all over the country because they believe that this would end up strengthening the IPR framework in the country which is a need of the hour. At present, even in the European Union, speculations with respect to similar rules are going on. Proposed Amendments to the EU Copyright Di- rective of 2016 too are discussing rules with respect to the same arena. However, there the condition is even more stringent because the rules would end up becoming so restrictive with respect to what content can be shared on the websites and what can not be shared that the freedom to share your personal views might end up getting restricted. The Rules being formulated in our country also have a rule wherein any government agency can ask the intermediaries to supply the information so required within 72 hours (as given under Rule 3(5)). This has also been opposed by the intermediaries on the grounds that how can any government agency are allowed to step in and demand information. Not only is this move being considered as unfair, the compliance with respect to the time limit is being dis- puted. Though the Rules that have been introduced in the country seem to be a bit too much for the intermediaries to follow, Rule 3(7) should be imple- mented no matter what because it makes it compulsory for the intermediaries with more than 50 Lakh users to have a Registered office in India and to have a Grievance Redressal Officer available 24x7 in the nation. This is the need of the hour since huge intermediaries like Gmail do not have a registered office in India wherein complaints can be filed with respect to any issues arising and it causes a lot of inconvenience since the cyber crime issues cannot be tackled without having an appointed person who can address the grievances. Till now, WhatsApp, which has innumerable users in India, too does not have a regis- tered office in India (it is under process) and hence tackling of cybercrime taking place on this app has been tough in our nation. These new guidelines are trying to circumvent the freedom that has been extended to the intermediaries. If these guidelines are properly implemented without infringing the Fundamental Right of Speech and Expression of the citizens of India, this can be a very beneficial step for us. The cybercrime can be tackled effectively and the content being made available on the intermediaries can also be handled in the correct manner. Also, the problem of online piracy can be handled in a timely manner before losses are incurred by the actual author of the content.
19. 19 Mr. Arun Kumar. P Student of Law, BCA LLB (H) School of Excellence in Law Onerous Arbitration Clauses- A Legal Discussion One can always find an Arbitration clause in an Arbitration Agreement stating “In case of any dispute between the parties, the dispute/disputes shall be referred to an Arbitrator to be solely appointed by the Licensor/One Party.” It states that only one party to such an Agreement can unilaterally appoint an Arbitrator while another party has no say to the Appointment of Arbitrator. Lately, the trend is rising whereby the right is unilaterally vested with one party, i.e., companies, Private and Public sector units only will have a say in the appointment of Arbitrators. Our contention is that such an Arbitration Agreement lacks Mutuality of Contract. It is relevant to note that the object of Arbitration is to obtain a fair resolution of disputes by an impartial third party without unnecessary expense or delay. The parties to the Arbitration shall be free to agree as to how the dis- putes can be resolved and such safeguard shall ensure mutuality of contracts in Private and Public interest. The issue is further aggravated by appointing one party’s employee as the Sole Arbitrator. When one party is in a fiduciary relationship with another, only one party has an upper hand to make another party to sign a Standard form of Con- tract, resulting in such onerous conditions. These unreasonable and onerous terms of Standard Form Contracts are not justified and hence not enforceable, since, neutrality, fairness, and mutuality are the Essential elements of Arbitration. When the right is reserved with one of the Parties to the Arbitration agreement, that, it shall appoint an Arbitration, it does not comply with the Prin- ciples of Natural Justice, i.e. the principle of Audi Alteram Partem (Hear on the other side) raising skeptical apprehension as to impartiality and independ- ence, which is an important qualification to an Arbitrator as defined under Section 11(8)(b) of the Indian Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996. The 256th Law Commission Report states that “a sensible law cannot, for instance, permit the appointment of an arbitrator who is himself a party to the dispute, or who is employed by one party, even if this what the parties agreed”. In light of these submissions, it is also pertinent to note an instance in the case of RC Cooper v Union of India, reported in AIR 1970 SC 564, presid- ed by a 11 Judge constitutional bench of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, commonly known as the Bank Nationalisation Case. Before beginning the Ar- guments, the majority of the Judges paused and opined that they were shareholders of the Nationalised Banks and made a reservation as to they cannot pre- side over the case as such which would result in the violation of principles of natural justice. But, the parties went on to consent as that would not hinder their sense to set the wheels of Justice in motion and requested them to preside over the case, after which the judges affirmed to preside over the case. Even after subsequent Amendments to the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, no Law has been amended in this regard, regulating this issue. This shakes the very root of the ADR institution in Arbitration and if this problem is not culled out, the litigants will continue to lose their interest in opting to Alternate Dispute Resolution mechanisms. Thus, I conclude by stating that, Change is inevitable, change is constant and Justice to all is far more satisfactory way than to do justice on a case to case basis.
20. 20 Ms. Gehna Babber Student: BA LLB JIMS, Greater Noida Social Media and Our Retreat from Social Life In the words of Bill Gates, the world today has become a “global village”, where news travels faster than the speed of light and people are aware of the happenings of every nook and corner of the globe. While no doubt that today we have access to a plethora of information at the click of a single button, the facts that machines are slowly and steadily replacing the human element in different areas has led to the dismissal isolation of one man from another. Which the advent of social media, things have become complicated in the virtual world, we may be the most ‘connected' person abreast of all the de- velopments in our friends lives but the real world, we may not even care to visit them personally. In fact, our so called ‘friends’ on Facebook include every- one under the sun, including our colleagues, some random third cousin of our flat mare or even complete strangers, for that matter. When we make a new friend through face to face interaction, it almost feels like a joyous accomplishment. But thanks to Facebook, one can now create new friendships and end old ones with just a click of a button, without really engaging in a personal dialogue or confrontation. In real life, we discuss everything with our friends, right from our latest obsession to our deepest thoughts. However, on social media, a ‘like' or a ‘comment' is thought to be enough to sustain the relationship. Some people argue that social media helps us to keep in though with our family and friends located abroad or far off places. In a survey conducted by McAfee, the bigger picture reveals that around 78% of teenagers hide their social media content from their parents and most of them use a different account to interact with members of their family online. Psychologists explain the reason behind it and state that kids are afraid that their parents would interfere in their personal life which would affect their “cool" image. This is an interesting aspect which shows how kids today ‘present' themselves in a manner which is glamorous and way above their age, resulting in a lot of behavioural problem in them. The alarming growth of materialism among young children is also a major concern for many parents. Large scores of people suffer from Nomophobia and many of the smart phones user can't go one hour without checking their phones. With increasing number of smart phones user, people are literally a touch away from accessing their social media accounts. Most people have a bizarre tendency to keep their cell phones in hand and they keeping turning the screen on to make sure that they don’t miss out any social network updates. Various researchers have pointed out this kind of hyper connectivity is making us more and more impatient. Recent statistics reveal that one in four people abandon a website if its page takes longer than four seconds to load. One of the top leading shopping site has calculated that a page load slowdown of just one second could cost it $ 1.6 billion in sales each year. In today’s tech savvy world, clearing patience doesn't seem to be a virtue. Today many blogs are run by anonymous admins who share their contents with the world but choose to hide their identity. The internet is indeed a powerful tool and with social media, we have an unimaginable power to reach out to millions of people across the globe. Like other forms of media, social media too is used by various companies and brands to advertise their products. To sum it up, social media has engulfed us like a tidal wave and it has deprived from the little pleasure of life. We're struggling to cope up with our lives and our addiction to social media has greatly affected our interpersonal relationships. Ironically, social media id making us ‘less social' as we feel awk- ward and are often find ourselves at a loss for words even in a group of familiar faces. We're losing touch with Nature and have taken the beautiful world around us for granted. Today, rapid change is the order of the day. The role played by technology is with care and responsibility. We must not forget that social media was created by man to build on new and improved relation rather than isolating oneself from the realities of life. It's in our hand whether we want social media to become the Frankenstein of our lives or important told to connect with the rest of the humanity. We're called Homo spines for a reason and therefore, we must use of grey matter while sharing and accepting content on social networking sites. Imparting education on being responsible ’Citizens' is the need of the hour and only then can we truly be able to benefit from social media.
21. 21 Ms. Aditi Chopra Student: BA LLB (H) Amity Law School Delhi (IP University) Acid Attacks in India Acid Attack is a violent and inhumane act of throwing acid which is a corrosive substance and thus could disfigure or kill a person on whom the acid is thrown. Acids dissolve the skin, tissues and sometimes even bones of a person. While the victims usually belong to the age group of 14- 35, acid attacks are most prevalent in the south – eastern countries like Bangladesh, India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and other parts of the world being Cambodia, UK and France. The percentage of female victims is more than that of men, most num- ber of cases in India have been registered in cities having the worst sex ratio being Delhi, UP, Punjab, Haryana. Not only the victim faces physical and biological damages to the body but also has to go through many psychological and economic damages like suffering from unemployment due to either not getting a job or getting chucked out of the job. Most cases take a lot of time in decisions and thus injustice served to innocent victims for due processes to be followed in courts. This makes the efficiency of the punishments even less. Does police really file an FIR after the matter brought under the notice of the police officials? Although 225 cases have been registered / reported in 2014 but only 12 persons were con- victed in the year. Only after the Nirbhaya case, the 18th law commission headed by Justice A. R. Lakshaman proposed the insertion of acid attack as a separate offence in the IPC as section 326A and 326B and section 114B in the Evidence A