Month: 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 as: “377. Unnatural offences.—Whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the...

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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 dark alleys and dimly lit pavements, their study throws up...

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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 an order is violative of the mandatory requirement of law...

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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 medical curriculum be tweaked to include ways in which doctors...

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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 both statutory bodies are mulling bringing out a combined paper...

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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 Marriage Act, 1955, and the Special Marriage Act, 1954, legislating a...

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Bill to raise age for consensual sex regressive: Court

A Delhi court has termed a draft law proposed last month to raise the age of consent for sex from 16 years to 18 as “regressive and draconian”. The court said in view of changing social attitude and sensibilities, exceptions should be made while deciding the age of consent for...

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