5th Independent Thought Legal Essay Competition, 2016

We take this opportunity to inform about 5th Independent Thought National Legal Essay Competition, 2016. Independent Thought organizes an annual Essay Competition for law and human rights students across the country. It will be its 5th year in 2016. The topic of this years competition is “Mental Health – Locating Rights of Children!. As in the previous years, the best essays will be compiled and published as a Annual Law Digest.
Generating Independent Thoughts
Since 2012, Independent Thought National Legal Essay Competition has initiated dialogue on the following Child Rights issues

4th year in 2015Does allowing child labour at home dilute a child’s constitutional right to education under the RTE Act
3rd year in 2014“Marital Rape within prohibited child marriages”
2nd year in 2013“The Age if Criminal Responsibility”
1st year in 2012“Protection of Children from Sexual Offences – Law and its effectiveness”

Winners Gallery (2015 -2012) – Authors of the 3 Best Thoughts for Essay Competitions

  • 2015 – Geetanjali Kamat & Samagra Srivastava, National Law Institute, Bhopal(1st prize), Mrunal Mishra & Shantanu Pachouri, National Law University, Bhopal(2nd prize), Muna Basheer, NUALS, Kerala (3rd prize)
  • 2014 – Aishwarya Borgohain, GGSIPU, New Delhi(1st prize), DD Sinha & Sudhakar Mishra, Chanakya Law College, Patna (2nd prize), Iti Singh & Aparupa Vatsalya, Rizvi Law College, Mumbai (3rd prize)
  • 2013 – N. Gupta & Nikansha Shivnani, Symbiosis Law College (1st prize), Saksham Dwivedi, Chanakya Law College, Patna (2nd prize), Ramamurty S, Ambedkar Law College, Chennai (3rd prize)
  • 2012 – Astha Dua ILS Law College, Pune (1st prize), SS Sahu &Sonakshi Arora, Symbiosis Law College, Pune  (2nd prize), Sagar Mathur, College of Legal Studies, Dehradun (3rd prize)

Annual Law Digests:  Every year, the best researched and written essays are compiled into law digests for circulation in law colleges and universities. These law digests are well received by law students and professionals as credible reference material on child rights laws.

The large scale printing of 2012 Annual Law Digest was sponsored by North Eastern Electrical and Power Company Ltd(NEEPCO), a public sector undertaking.