Sleeping with the Enemy: Addressing Marital Rape in India

Sleeping with the Enemy: Addressing Martial Rape in India By Diya Uday,  Legal Researcher and Policy Analyst, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai In 2015 a woman appeared on television. She was clad in heavy layers of fabric and thick magnifying spectacles. Clearly the aim was to hide her identity. She told a tale of horror. She spoke of her nightmarish marriage, in which she had been subjected to sexual cruelty and rape at

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Why A Journalist Is The Sacrificial Pawn For A Nation’s Identity

A murder on September 5th captured the attention of an entire nation. Gauri Lankesh, a lifelong journalist and activist, was shot outside her home by unidentified men before speeding away. In an orgy of media outpour, camps emerged, between those shocked at her violent end and those that celebrated it as the deserved demise of a vocal critic of the central government and it’s most fundamental ideals. Gauri Lankesh was an unapologetic critic of the

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Reactions Across Society To The End of Triple Talaq

With Triple Talaq now banned by the Supreme Court, we asked 3 young lawyers in India what they thought about it. The ancient and discriminatory practice of Triple Talaq in India was ended last week, with the Supreme Court ordering for an injunction and directing the Central Government to frame a new law over the course of the next 6 months. Noted judicial scholars and the vast majority of Society have hailed the verdict, considering the

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What Do You Do When You Can’t File An FIR?

Know your rights in the event that they are being trampled! An FIR is one of the basic protective and corrective measures that any Indian citizen has.    If you would like to report a crime, then your first stop is the police station. Registering an FIR is the first step to receiving justice, and for the alleged criminal, punishment. But what do you do when the Police Officer refuses to file an FIR? Well,

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India Stands At A Legal Crossroads

India Stands At A Legal Crossroads As recounted with Sajjan Poovaya, Senior Advocate Last week was a historic one for the Indian judiciary. The Supreme Court has unequivocally supported an Individual’s Right To Privacy at the expense of the Government and it’s the time to ponder the manifestations of that decision.  It isn’t a regular day when the Supreme Court of India unequivocally endorses the Individual Right to Privacy. A 9-0 verdict by the Supreme

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A Testing 24 Hours For Maximum City

With the rains in Mumbai unprecedented since 2005 in it’s ferocity, the city braces itself for another testing 48 hours. Since Mumbai struggled in waist-deep water yesterday, pummelled by what weathermen believe could be the worst rain since July 2005. People were urged to stay home unless it was ‘absolutely necessary’ to venture out. The city received NINE times more rain than the average yesterday, submerging most of the city in a scene out of an apocalyptic

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Maharashtra Government Takes On The Bombay High Court Over Noise Pollution

It’s going to be a deafening Ganesh festival this year as the Maharashtra government has told the Bombay High Court that there will be no ‘silence zones’ in the city and beyond. The court was keen to understand the rationale behind the government’s decision to allow the use of loudspeakers during the Ganpati festival. The government was represented by Ashutosh Kumbhkoni, who argued that the government was merely amending the Noise Pollution Rules of 2000. According

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Right To Privacy Includes Right To Sexual Orientation, Says SC!

Today was a historic day for many Indians as our Right To Privacy was defended by the Supreme Court. For the LGBTQ community, it was even bigger. The apex court of our country concluded today that a person’s right to privacy was a natural, cherished, inseparable right which cannot be taken away by the government. This right begins at birth and extinguishes at death according to the Supreme Court in a judgement today.  To summarise,

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Supreme Court declares Triple Talaq as Unconstitutional – Period!

With the SC judgement on Triple Talaq resonating across India today, we take you court-side to witness history in the making. Today was a very important day in the history of Indian legal system and in particular, the Muslim Law in India. In a landmark verdict, a Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court today held, by a majority of 3-2, that the practice of Triple Talaq (talaq-e- bidat) is unconstitutional and violates Articles 14 and 15

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#AintNoCinderella – Stop Blaming The Victim!

#AintNoCinderella – Stop Blaming The Victim! After a BJP Leader’s questioned the motive behind Women being out late at night, Indian women have come out with full force on Social Media posting selfies of themselves out at midnight with the hashtag #AintNoCinderella. Varnika Kundu, was harassed and stalked by two men while driving home around 12:30 PM in Chandigarh on Saturday. Thankfully for her, the police apprehended her tormentors, identified as Vikas Barala, son of Haryana

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