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A Year After Supreme Court’s Sec 377 Order, LGBT+ Community Waits for Inclusive Laws

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Reading down of section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) isn’t enough to secure the rights of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT)+ community, according to a study that has highlighted the need to repeal section 377 to prevent its misuse in cases of violence involving same sex relations. In a landmark judgment […]

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Over 19 Lakh People Left Out from Final List of NRC Assam Yet Another Window Offered

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The final list of National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam was published on Saturday excluding over 19 lakh people. Whereas over three crore people have been found eligible for the inclusion in the final National Register of Citizens (NRC), Prateek Hajela, the State Coordinator of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), said in an […]

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under POCSO Act Two gets 20 years jail

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The Haryana Police have secured the conviction of two persons, who were accused of kidnapping & raping a minor girl in Charkhi Dadri. After holding them guilty, 20 years imprisonment had been awarded to them by the Court of Additional District & Session Judge, Charki Dadri with a fine of Rs 17,000 each. According to a spokesman […]

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AES in Bihar: Providing all support to contain it, Centre tells Supreme Court

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The Centre told the Supreme Court Wednesday that it was proactively providing all support to Bihar in containing and managing Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in which more than children have died. In an affidavit filed on a plea seeking measures for containment of the disease, the Centre said Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan had visited […]

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Supreme Court awards nearly Rs 50 lakh compensation to disabled driver of deceased Punjab minister

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A man who suffered permanently disability in an accident while driving the car of the thenD leader and Punjab cabinet minister Kanwaljit Singh in 2009 was on Monday awarded Rs 49.9 lakh compensation by the Supreme Court. Singh, who was Punjab Cooperation Minister and Shiromani Akali Dal’s General Secretary, had died on March 29, 2009 […]

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As strikes end, Supreme Court defers hearing on security of doctors, keeps open ‘larger issue’ of their safety

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The Supreme Court Tuesday deferred the hearing on a plea seeking protection of doctors in government hospitals, saying since doctors have called off their strike in West Bengal and other states, there is no urgency to hear the matter. A bench of Justices Deepak Gupta and Surya Kant said it will not issue notice (to […]

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Ecuador Constitutional Court Recognizes Same-Sex Marriage

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In a landmark ruling, the Constitutional Court of Ecuador has recognized same-sex marriage. In Ecuador, the Civil Code defined Marriage as a ‘solemn contract by which a man and woman’. The case reached the Constitutional court as a same-sex couple Efraín Enrique Soria Alba and Ricardo Javier Benalcázar Tello, challenged the refusal by the registry […]

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Criminalization Of Love Dilutes Compassion & Tolerance: Botswana High Court Decriminalizes Homosexuality

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The High Court of Botswana has declared unconstitutional the provisions of its penal code which criminalises homosexuality and has struck them down. The ruling is on a petition filed by Letsweletse Motshidiemang who had contended that these provisions discriminate against homosexuals and that it interferes with their fundamental right not to be subjected to inhuman […]

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Kerala High Court Order : Mere possession of sexually explicit photos not punishable

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New Delhi : Mere possession of sexually explicit photos will not amount to a crime under the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act, the Kerala High Court has ruled.The court, while quashing criminal proceedings against a man and a woman, however, made it clear that publication or distribution of such photos is punishable under the […]

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Sexual Harassment Case: Two Former Judges Question Handling Of Allegations Against Chief Justice Gogoi

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Two judges who participated in the historic press conference by four sitting Supreme Court judges in January last year have questioned the Supreme Court’s handling of the sexual harassment allegations levelled against Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi. Writing for The Indian Express, Justice Madan Lokur—who along with Justice Jasti Chelameswar, Justice Ranjan Gogoi and […]

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Supreme Court to hear plea of Muslim woman against talaq notices

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New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear a Muslim woman’s plea challenging the two Talaq notices given by her husband and sought direction for registration of FIR against him. A bench of Justices Indira Banerjee and Sanjiv Khanna said it will hear the plea on Friday. Advocate M M Kashyap, appearing […]

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SC slams govt over non-compliance of verdict on making public institutions disabled-friendly

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court today slammed the Centre over non-compliance of its last year verdict of making public institutions disabled-friendly and said the government had to follow the law and order. The top court also expressed annoyance over the states not complying with its order and warned that respective chief secretaries will be called to explain […]

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SC to examine plea seeking reservation for orphans on par with SC, ST, OBC

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court today agreed to examine a plea seeking reservation in educational institutions and government jobs for orphans, who have no linkage in society, on par with those belonging to the SC/ST and OBC category. A bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and R Banumathi issued notice to the Centre seeking its response to […]

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Calcutta HC raps Bengal govt for denying employment benefits to cop

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Kolkata: The High Court has rapped the West Bengal government for failing to implement an order it passed 28 years ago on restoring employment benefits to a reinstated police constable. A division bench of the high court directed the state Advocate General in the presence of the West Bengal Home secretary that it has to retrieve […]

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Kerala HC ordered examination of a transgender

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The Kerala High Court today ordered medical examination of a 25-year-old person, who claimed to be a transgender, on a plea by his mother, alleging that her son was being illegally detained by members of the community. The order was issued by the Division bench comprising Justices V Chitambaresh and K P Jyothindranath on a Habeas Corpus Petition […]

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Madras High Court prohibits homework for class 1, 2 children

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Chennai: Taking the study burden on small children as a serious concern, the Madras High Court on Wednesday prohibited schools from assigning homework to Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) students studying in Class I and Class II. The Court has asked CBSE to set up flying squads to inspect schools violating the new directive. […]

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Denial of sex by wife during pregnancy not cruelty: HC

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Denial of sex by a woman during her pregnancy is not cruelty towards her husband entitling him to get divorce on that ground, the Delhi High Court has said. The court also said if the wife wakes up late in the morning or wants tea to be served in bed would at best show that […]

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Contractual employees of BSES defer strike

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Contractual employees of power distribution companies BSES Rajdhani and BSES Yamuna today agreed to defer their proposed indefinite strike for the time being after Delhi High Court asked the two discoms to “hear them out”. Observing that “everything will come to a standstill if electricity was disrupted” in the national capital, Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva asked […]

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Activist moves Ukhand HC over eviction of former CMs frm govt bungalows

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Human rights activist Avdhesh Kaushal today filed an affidavit in Uttarakhand High Court for early hearing and disposal of his petition seeking eviction of five former CMs of the state occupying government bungalows here. “I have filed an affidavit in the High Court through my counsel seeking early hearing and disposal of my petition seeking […]

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SC quizzes Centre over setting up of SHRC in national capital

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The Supreme Court has expressed concern over the delay in setting up a State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) in the national capital and asked the government why it was taking so long. A bench headed by Chief Justice T S Thakur asked Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar to seek instructions from the Centre on a contempt […]

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Centre bats for new comprehensive law on human trafficking

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The Centre on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that instead of amending certain provisions in existing statutes, there was a need for a “comprehensive legislation” to tackle all aspects of human trafficking. The ministry of women and child development, which along with National Legal Services Authority, was hailed by the court for their efforts to […]

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Road mishap victim gets nearly Rs 21 lakh

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A 30-year-old man, who had received serious injuries in a road accident involving a rashly driven truck, has been awarded nearly Rs 21 lakh compensation by a Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) here. The tribunal directed Iffco Tokio General Insurance Company Ltd, with which the offending truck was insured, to pay Rs 20,87,925 to the […]

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Inter-caste marriage : SC orders to protect newly-wed

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The Supreme Court today asked the Haryana police to provide security to a newly-wed couple against whom a ‘khap panchayat’ in Faridabad has issued diktat for having an inter-caste marriage. A vacation bench of justices Prafulla C Pant and Amitava Roy also asked Haryana Police and its Delhi counterpart to file response within four weeks […]

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Maharashtra: Narcotic drug mephedrone alias `meow-meow’ banned

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Maharashtra government on Thursday told the Bombay High Court that the Centre had accepted its recommendation to include mephedrone in the list of prohibited drugs under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.Mephedrone, a narcotic drug which is also called M-Cat or `meow meow’ in the party circuit, is banned in 53 countries. Now its […]

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