GIST

Newspaper GIST

Summary

Page no. 1

30 die in protests after Dera chief convicted of rape.

Army out in Panchkula, over 600 personnel deployed, curfew imposed, Security forces open fire after teargas water cannons fail to quell mobs on rampage, Godman's supporters set ablaze parked vehicles, torch public property
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Claims on BT cotton need to be probed, says panel

‘Picture painted by government agencies far removed from the truth’
Page no. 5

Loco pilots warned against use of phones

Railways have laid out guidelines for a ‘zero accident’ regime
Page no. 6

Editorial: Lessons not learnt

The high H1N1 flue toll points to a failure to put necessary systems and precautions in place
Page no. 6

The constitution, refreshed

In upholding privacy, the Supreme court has squared up to some of its most regressive judgements
Page no. 7

When home is a highway By Amarnath Tewari

Floods in Bihar have claimed over 350 lives and rendered more than 12 million people homeless
Page no. 8

Privacy realms span from abortion to euthanasia

Chelameswar’s judgement throws light on implications
Page no. 9

Mayhem destroys peace in Panchkula

Violence, arson by supporters of Dera Sacha sauda chief bring back chilling memories of the Jat agitation last year
Page no. 9

The farm to prison story of ‘baba of bling’

He is a curious amalgam of reel and real

Editorial

Page no. 6

Target Section 377: The SC has laid the foundation to decriminalise consensual gay sex (An abstract of the editorial of The Hindu, August 26, 2017)

In 2010, the Delhi High Court had decriminalise the consensual sex among adults irrespective of gender, on the judgement in the case of Naz Foundation, which is earlier criminalised under the Section 377 of Indian Penal Code. However, in 2013, the Supreme Court upholds the constitutional validity of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code and had given verdict that the same-gender sex as a criminal activity under the Section. Section 377 had been an instrument of harassment and abuse to the LGBT community. Transgenders, even though insignificant in numbers, are entitled to human rights and according to the Yogyakarta Principles, adopted by human rights experts in 2006 in Indonesia on gender identity and sexual orientation, the discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity must end. While declaring that the right to privacy is a fundamental right and an inherent component of human liberty and dignity, the nine-judge Bench has rectified the earlier judgement and said the rights of LGBT persons are real rights founded on sound constitutional doctrine that demanded the non-discriminatory treatment. By the latest verdict of Supreme Court, sexual orientation is an aspect of the right to privacy and an inalienable part of human dignity, freedom, and personal liberty.

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