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Conceal, mislead, convict: That's no victory

  BAPOO M. MALCOLM   13 June 2016 at 15:05

A lawyer diedHis wake was big,The cortege long.Seems that he hadDone no wrong.He lay in state,Seemed free of sin,But in hand, each mourner,Had a pin.Each pricked the corpse,No word was said,They just made sure,The man was dead. Readers are free to de ..

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When you are 'Dead', while still alive

  BAPOO M. MALCOLM   18 May 2016 at 10:45

Dad collapsed at lunch. We were at home and rushed him to hospital. One of Bombay�s best doctors, son of mom�s friend, immediately examined dad, on the lobby floor. �Khotto sikko chey,� he said. A �counterfeit coin&rsquo ..

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The Lawyer as Juggler

  BAPOO M. MALCOLM   23 April 2016 at 10:40

Don’t mess with his decisions Most readers will know that there are two types of ‘court cases’, commonly called civil and criminal matters. In one, the respondent is called a defendant, and in the other, the accused. Since cases of ..

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Should Rapists Be Hanged?

  BAPOO M. MALCOLM   06 April 2016 at 17:10

The law on rape is not easy to formulate Rape and punishment are very much on the mind these days. The laws are tough and are being used and, unfortunately, misused. Then there are mistakes. Just plain bad luck. This is what one woman said, after id ..

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Libel is not enough - Criminal charges are slapped

  BAPOO M. MALCOLM   18 March 2016 at 18:07

Libel is not enough. Criminal charges are slapped As acronyms go, this one is illustrative of intent. The full form is �Strategic Lawsuits against Public Participation�. It means a planned, legal assault on the freedom of speech. A &lsqu ..

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Left? Right? Right? Left?

  BAPOO M. MALCOLM   09 February 2016 at 11:15

The perils of symmetry The author was in hospital with a broken leg, circa 1976. The surgeon was the best in Bombay. The operation could not begin because of a missing tool—a drill. In the meantime, a nurse narrated a funny story. Just goes to ..

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Punishment for Honest Mist

  BAPOO M. MALCOLM   01 February 2016 at 12:07

The law allows a lot of leeway Event 1: A boy of 15 is offered a choice of presents. An Agfa camera or a Diana air rifle. The father prudently advises against the camera, photography being an expensive hobby. It is early 1957. One day, the boy wants ..

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Murder on my mind?

  BAPOO M. MALCOLM   13 January 2016 at 12:47

Atrocities of World War II gave the world the legislation on human rights. Punishment for modern crimes will emerge over time In 2012, one morning’s papers reported a legislator watching porn in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly. While most m ..

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The Downside of Flying

  BAPOO M. MALCOLM   26 December 2015 at 15:20

As with almost everything in this complicated world, paper work is often the bane Indians are becoming avid travellers, at home and abroad. There are, however, turbulences, even before take-off. As with almost everything in this complicated world, pa ..

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Aamcha Sexun Nahi! (Not our Section)

  BAPOO M. MALCOLM   11 December 2015 at 11:17

Many of our readers, their friends, clients or acquaintances, must have heard this line. Translated into acceptable English from Marathi, it means, �not our Section�. In other words, �Get lost. You have come to the wrong place&rsquo ..

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