Gujarat HC reserves order on petition against SIT probe

Ahmedabad- The Gujarat High Court today reserved the order on the petition challenging post-Godhra probe by special investigation team (SIT) against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and 62 others, till July 24. Justice D H Waghela was hearing a petition from former BJP MLA from Lunavada, Kalubai Malivad, against the probe by Supreme Court-appointed SIT […]

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NHRC notice to Madhya Pradesh on virginity test

 The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Tuesday said it has issued notice to Madhya Pradesh on the virginity tests conducted on brides at a mass wedding there. The commission, taking suo motu cognisance of media reports, issued a notice to the chief secretary of the state on July 17 and sought a factual report within […]

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Section 377: Supreme Court declines to stay High Court judgment

The Supreme Court declined to stay the Delhi High Court judgment declaring Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code unconstitutional and decriminalising unnatural sex between consenting adults. A Bench comprising Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan and Justice P. Sathasivam granted eight weeks for the Centre to file its response to special leave petitions challenging the High […]

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State governments set up SCPCR: Ministry of WCD

Ministry of Women and Child Development has been requesting the State Governments and the Union Territory Administration to set up State Commissions for Protection of Child rights in accordance with the Section 17 of the Commissions for Protection of Child Rights Act 1005. So far only Delhi, Maharashtra, Sikkim and Goa have constituted the State […]

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Supreme Court awards compensation of Rs. 1 crore for medical negligence

The honourable apex court has awarded exemplary damages of Rs. 1 crore to the victim – a software engineer who suffered permanent disability (partial paralysis and other disabilities) due to medical negligence at a government hospital in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The High Court of Andhra Pradesh had awarded compensation of Rs. 15 Lakhs. […]

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Irretrievable Breakdown of Marriage-New ground for divorce under Section 14 of the Hindu Marriage Act

The Law Commission has recommended that “irretrievable breakdown” of marriage be included as a new ground for granting divorce to Hindus under the provisions of the Hindu Marriage Act and the Special Marriage Act. In its latest (217th) report submitted to the Centre, the Law Commission has recommended that irretrievable breakdown of marriage should be […]

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Govt introduces new bill in LS to widen definition of employee

New Delhi: The government has introduced a new bill in Lok Sabha to widen the definition of “employee” and bring in more people under the ambit of the Payment of Gratuity Act. Minister of State for Labour and Employment Oscar Fernandes on Thursday moved the Lok Sabha to withdraw the Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill, […]

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