Monthly Archives: May 2012

Constitutional Challenge to Sodomy Law in India

Section 377, Indian Penal Code, 1860 (hereinafter ‘IPC’) was enacted by the British colonial regime to criminalise ‘carnal intercourse against the order of nature’. It was rooted in the Judeo-Christian religious morality that abhorred non-procreative sex. Section 377, IPC reads

Difficult for wife to change lifestyle in hard times: Bombay high court

If a wife is accustomed to a particular lifestyle, it is difficult for her to adjust in bad times, the Bombay high court said on Friday while hearing a plea for enhancement of maintenance. A division bench of Justice P

Gurgaon women on night watch

At a time when rape cases are reported with alarming regularity across Gurgaon, a motley bunch of women’s organizations have taken to the streets of Millennium Cityby night in order to carry out a safety audit of Gurgaon. Walking down

Minimum 7 years term mandatory for rapes: SC

Rapists should be awarded a minimum sentence of 7 years which can be reduced only in special circumstances, theSupreme Court has ruled ticking off the Rajasthan High Court for reducing the punishment of two convicts in a rape case. “Such

Call to train doctors on domestic violence

A government panel has recommended that domestic violence should not be treated only as a matter of crime but also as a health issue and medical students should be sensitised to deal with it. The panel has suggested that the

Rejig IPC to make it women-friendly: NCW

Concerned over rising crime and lack of adequate legal protection for women, the National Commission for Women (NCW) has recommended an overhaul of the Indian Penal Code for tackling offences against women. The NCW placed its recommendations before the National Human Rights Commission and

Govt goes one step back on divorce laws

Diluting women’s share in marital property in the event of divorce, the government has sought to restrict the provision for `immoveable property’ to residential assets, a move opposed by women’s rights activists. The marriage amendment bill seeks to amend the Hindu

Difficult for wife to change lifestyle in hard times: Bombay high court

If a wife is accustomed to a particular lifestyle, it is difficult for her to adjust in bad times, the Bombay high court said on Friday while hearing a plea for enhancement of maintenance. A division bench of Justice P