Lawyers Collective presents a guide for those dealing with sexual violence. An analysis of the data by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) between 2010 – 2012 reveals that the conviction rates for all major crimes against women under the Indian Penal Code have declined. For instance the conviction rate for rape has gone down…

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…

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…

Giving relief to a married woman who was threatened with divorce by her husband, the Gujarat High Court ruled that retaliation by wife to acts of harassment does not amount to cruelty and the husband cannot be granted divorce on this ground. The bench of acting Chief Justice Bhaskar Bhattacharya and Justice JB Pardiwala gave…

Family court casual in granting divorce: Bombay high court Observing that a family court judge was “casual and negligent” in granting divorce to a man in the absence of his wife, the Bombay high court said it revealed a sorry state of affairs. A division bench of Justice P B Majmudar and Justice Anoop Mohta…

Budhadev Karmaskar v. State of West Bengal, Criminal Appeal No. 135 of 2010 in the Supreme Court of India This case has arisen out of a criminal appeal in the Supreme Court wherein the accused, Budhadev Karmaskar, was convicted for murdering a sex worker in Calcutta in 1999. While dismissing the appeal and affirming the conviction in February, 2011,…

April 03, 2012 London: Britain has changed immigration rules to ensure that migrant-spouses from India and other non-EU countries who become victims of domestic violence here are given access to public funds to help them escape abuse. Every year, many spouses holding Indian citizenship arrive in the UK to join their married partners, who are…

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