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 as: “377. Unnatural offences.—Whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any…

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 B Majmudar and Justice Anoop Mohta was hearing a petition filed by film producer Gaurang…

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 dark alleys and dimly lit pavements, their study throws up a whole host of obvious…

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 an order is violative of the mandatory requirement of law and has defeated the legislative…

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 medical curriculum be tweaked to include ways in which doctors can address the problem of…

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 both statutory bodies are mulling bringing out a combined paper on the matter with the…

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 Marriage Act, 1955, and the Special Marriage Act, 1954, legislating a women’s right to marital property…

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 B Majmudar and Justice Anoop Mohta was hearing a petition filed by film producer Gaurang…

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