The most important question, especially for India, is whether the law should permit Indian courts to award punitive damages in environmental cases. It is easy to take refuge under the presumption that it is the industry which is going to have to cough up the money – but the cumulative effects of such verdicts will push up the cost of insurance and ultimately take its toll on the economy.
Vrinda Grover’s work as a human-rights lawyer and advocate for women’s rights has meant that she presses down pretty hard. Justice, she believes, must reach everyone — not just privileged Indians on the top rungs but those in insurgency-torn areas, those unjustly tortured, jailed or executed, those who slip through the many cracks in the system.
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