Are you the type to get scammed?

Scams are a dime a dozen. People who get conned are often educated and  “smart.” The truth is that being educated is not a guarantee that you will be safe from scamsters. Your vulnerability is dependent on your personality, attitude, values and behaviour. An extensive survey was carried out by AARP about the difference between…

Is India becoming a criminal producing factory?

Two news items about systematic child abuse in child shelters, one in Bihar, and the other in Pune, shocked me. Dozens and dozens of kids had suffered a fate worse than death. I knew these things went on in child shelters – beatings, starvation, sexual assault and drugging of the kids. Even then, when I read…

Gau Rakshaks and criminality

Ever since PM Modi announced protection of cows, criminals have had a heyday. Normally, there should be no connection between cow protection and criminal behaviour. But whenever criminals (anywhere) see an opportunity they jump at it. Modi’s law to protect cows has given a criminal his golden opportunity. Now the criminal can don a mask…

The troll mobs

The internet offers frightening anonymity to troublemakers of all kinds, some of them violent and evil, some just pawns in a larger game, but inherently they too are mischievous people. There are no statistics about India, but  “41% of Americans have been personally subjected to harassing behaviour online, and an even larger share (66%) has…

Harassment by a powerful politician

Over a decade ago a close family friend underwent a traumatic experience in Bangalore which I want to share here. I can personally vouch for the authenticity of this report as I know the person for 30+ years. It proved to me that in India people with political connections can get away with any crime….

Common myths about Indian Law

The public is at times not that clear about the technicalities of the law, and doubts can arise. This post clarifies some major misconceptions about the laws in India: Abetment to suicide. A suicide note by the person who has committed suicide is not sufficient to convict a person, and if a person commits suicide…