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Sexual intercourse with minor wife is rape, says SC

The Supreme Court on Wednesday held that sexual intercourse by a man with his wife, who is below 18 years of age, is rape.

PM's advisory council acknowledges slowdown

Accelerating growth and employment over the next six months would be the top priority of the recently reconstituted Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council (PMEAC), its chairman Bibek Debroy said on Wednesday, acknwledging the slowdown in the economy.

NGT rejects plea challenging its jurisdiction

The National Green Tribunal (NGT), Pune recently rejected a plea by the Maharashta Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MMRCL) challenging its juridiction to decide whether it could construct around the prohibited area near riverbed.

SC to frame norms for drafting 'living wills'

A person's advance directive to withdraw medical care to allow him to die with dignity should take effect only when a medical board affirms that his medical condition is beyond cure and is irreversible, Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra said on Wednesday.

PM gives fillip to rural goods

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged government departments to follow an outcome-baed approach to ensure comprehensive rural development, and appealed to citizens to use rural products as a 'fashhion statement' to ensure prosperity of rural artisans.

Rohingya not welcome: ICSSR chief

Cautioning against what he saw as dangers involved in the presence of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar in India, Indian Council of Social Science Research Chairman Braj Bihari Kumar said on Wednesday that 'this nation should nt toerate them as part of India'.

AAP’s EVM demonstration unconstitutional: Plea in HC

A PLEA has been filed in the Delhi High Court seeking directions to declare a part of the Delhi Assembly proceedings from May 9.

Clergy creating trouble to preserve their own jobs, says Mark Tully

There is a creating trouble to build a sense of identities in their communities and preserve their own jobs, said Mark Tully at the launch of his book.

Former Andaman DGP, now Delhi Police Special Commissioner, named in graft FIR.

Acting on a complaint lodged by a businessman more than two months ago, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands Anti Corruption Unit has logged an FIR in case of a lleged corruption.

Railway minister calls for safety and innovation

Railways are a significant contributor to the Make in India Programme, with its focus on manufacturing and indigenization.

Pak ex-chief justice may be ICJ judge in Jadhav case

Pakistan Wednesday recommended former chief justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani as an ad-hocjudge to the International Court of Justice to hear the case of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadav who has been sentenced to death by a Pakistan military court.


Banning the bomb

The Nobel Prize which is conferred to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) is a good recognition given to the 122 countries who backed the 2017 Un Teaty for banning the nuclear bomb. The move took more than 70 years to codify the UN General Assembly's 1946 goals for eliminating atomic weapons from the national armaments. The ICAN lays emphasis on the catastropic humanitaria consequences the nuclear weapons and a holocaust would do. Many committees and global organizations have lauded the endeavours of the ICAN to fill up the legal gap through its leadership for the adoption of treaty on the Proohibition of Nuclear Weapons. A catalyst of the process of nuclear weapons was laid down in 1996 advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice that the usage of nuclear arms and weapons should be compatible with the humanitarian laws. In the same context, the long term implications on health for all local population from any underground nuclear detonations is also a growing concern. The ICAN on its part is striving to make nations accept the abolishment of nuclear weapons keeping the humanitarian and public sentiments in view.

The Will to Die

The recent issue of allowing euthanasia to protect the dignity of the patients in a vegettive state has became a matter for debate for the Consitution Bench of the Supreme Court. There are many directives which one can lay down to evaluate whether the patients should acquire a life sustaining treatment during the vegetative state. The Supreme Court needs to carefully look into and evaluate the question as to whhether under Article 21 of the Constitution which provides Right to Life and doesn't include the right to die is voluntarily being waived by someone givng such directive. The Supreme Court has indicated that it would lay down many comprehensive guidelines on opertionalising the idea of all living wills. It is also worried that the whole idea may be misused and would result in neglecting the elderly. The court has directed that it would intervene only if a medical board rules that the medical condition of a person is incurable and ought to be a sufficient reassurance for the people concerned about the misuse.

Marriage no Bar

Laws on sexua assualt were changed and re-evaluated in India after the 16th December 2012 gangrape which shook the country to the core. The change in laws however, didn’t include marital rae. In a country where the girl child is married off early, a need for change in the laws was utmost necessary. The recent ruling by the Supreme Court where a two judge bench struck down a art of the Sectioon 375 of IPC clause stating that the sexual intercourse with any minor wife counts as rape and a case can be duly registered against the husband over the complaint is a welcome change. The Section 375 of PICs, which defines the offence of rape has a clause stating 'intercourse or sexual act by a man with his wife, not below 15 years, is nnot rape'- this clause has been abolished. Earlier in the year 2013, the Criminal Law Amendment Act raied the due age for consent of sexual intercorse for girls from 16 to 18 years. However the exception clause again retained the consent age for married girls at 15 years, thus depriving the married girls between 15-18 of any legal protection against forced sexual intercourse. The Supreme Court stated that discrepancies have formed unnecessary as well as artificial distinction between a married girl and an unmarried girl child. As such, this ruling is a definite good one for them.

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