Split Verdict on Marital Rape

Delhi HC delivered a split verdict on a case challenging the marital rape exception in India’s rape law. Justice Rajiv Shakdher, who headed the division bench hearing the case, said that the right to withdraw consent forms the core of the woman's right to life and liberty; and the marital rape exception (MRE) violates this right. The right to withdraw consent at any given point in time forms the core of the woman's right to life and liberty which encompasses her right to protect her physical and mental being.

Cyberabad Police Fake Encounter

The Justice VS Sirpurkar Commission has submitted its report to the Supreme Court on encounter murders on December 6, 2019 against four accused of raping and murdering a young doctor in Hyderabad. The commission confirmed four teens were shot intentionally by the police with the clear understanding that it would lead to their death. She also said the accused did not grab any weapons from the police party, hence the argument that the shooting was for 'self-defense' was false.

SC Order On Sedition Law

The Supreme Court order to put Sedition law in abeyance is a victory to the long standing struggle by people's movements against state repression on democratic rights and the right to dissent. The said order dated 11.05.22 was passed in response to the petition filed by Army veteran Major-General SG Vombatkere (Retired) as well as PUCL and a range of other petitioners challenging the constitutional validity of Section 124-A of the Indian Penal Code, 1860.

SC Release Of Perarivalan Significant For Federalism and States’ Rights

The Supreme Court invoked its extraordinary powers to declare on Wednesday that Rajiv Gandhi assassination case convict AG Perarivalan’s life term would be “deemed to have been served” and ordered his immediate release. He was 19 in 1991 when he bought two batteries that, unknown to him, were used in the bomb that killed the former Prime Minister. He has since spent 31 years in jail.

Kolkata Public Transport: International Praise, Domestic Neglect

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a UN body, has lavished praise on Kolkata’s public transport infrastructure. In a report titled titled “Climate Change 2022: Mitigation of Climate Change” highly appraised Kolkata’s 12 different modes of public transport that provides citizens with a wide variety of transport options. On the other hand, the virtual extinction of the once extensive tramways network in Kolkata, stands in stark contrast in ensuring low emissions transportation options in Kolkata.

The BJP Agenda of Hindi Imposition

BJP President and Union Home Minister Amit Shah has once again deliberately argued for Hindi imposition on non-Hindi speaking states. Addressing members of the Parliamentary Official Language Committee of which he is the Chairperson, Shah said that Hindi was important for the country’s “unity” and should therefore replace English as the link language for non-Hindi speaking states.

The Sangh’s Cyber-hate Ecosystem

The saffron brigade's hate-spreading mechanism has now taken the form of websites and applications designed to spread communal hatred and casteism. In addition, it is the right-wing's agenda to make public spaces, both online and offline, inaccessible to women. While women, especially those who are vocal against the right-wing regime, are being viciously targeted, Muslim women are the most vulnerable to online and offline attacks.

Time’s Up: Scrap AFSPA

The massacre of coal mine workers by a Special Forces unit of the Army in Oting village of Mon district in Nagaland is a heinous crime, compounded by attempts to cover it up by staging a fake encounter. The attempts by Home Minister Amit Shah and the Army officials to explain it away as a “mistake” cannot convince even the BJP’s own members and allies in the North East.

Vaccine Racism and Omicron

Since its emergence in end the 2019, the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19) has been wreaking havoc on lives, livelihoods and economies across the globe. The character of viruses is to mutate and develop new forms and structures. COVID-19 is no exception and various mutations (at least 12 of these have been fairly widespread) of coronavirus have been identified since the first strain emerged in 2019. In late November this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) identified Omicron as a “variant of concern”.

Why We Oppose the Proposed Amendment of Age of Marriage 2021

We, the undersigned are deeply concerned about the implications of the proposed amendment of age of marriage for women from 18 to 21. This Bill has been introduced in the Parliament and has been sent to the Standing Committee. We fear that the amendment, if implemented, will criminalise consensual marriages among adults; and end up curtailing the autonomy of adult women.