Science vs law

Kartyk Venkatraman The arrest and conviction of Czech entomologists Dr Petr Svacha and Emil Kucera for collecting insect specimens without prior Government authorisation from the Darjeeling forest area has virtually pitted the scientific community in India against the lawmakers. Ever since 2002, when the stringent Biological Diversity Act, 2002, was enacted, scientists have been railing against its provisions which, they claim, are stymying research while aiming at conservation.

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