Social Justice

Marital rape

Explained | Marital rape in India: The history of the legal exception

The court took seven years to hear petitions seeking to criminalise marital rape before coming up with a split verdict. The story so far: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday delivered a split verdict on decriminalising marital rape in the country. While Justice Rajiv Shakdher struck down Exception 2 of the Indian Penal Code’s Section 375 that decriminalised …

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World Press Freedom Index

World Press Freedom Index 2022: India slips 8 places to 150th position

The world press freedom index also reveals a two-fold increase in polarisation amplified by information chaos – that is, media polarisation fuelling divisions within countries, as well as polarisation between countries at the international level. India has slipped 8 places on the World Press Freedom Index 2022. With a global score of 41, India has gone down …

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Nagaland

Nagaland ready to implement 33% reservation for women in civic bodies, state tells Supreme Court

A consultative meeting convened by chief minister Neiphiu Rio-led government unanimously recommended that the pending elections to civic bodies in Nagaland should be conducted according to the 74th Amendment Act of the Constitution of India, which mandates 33% reservation for women in civic bodies. The implementation of 33% reservation for women in civic bodies, which …

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caste

The Need for Credible Data on Caste

Last month, the Supreme Court upheld the 27 percent quota for Other Backward Classes (OBC) in the All-India Quota Seats for the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test, stating that reservations for backward classes were not an exception, but rather an extension of the equality principle under Article 15(1) of the Constitution. The decision showed how open competitive …

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Inequality kills

Inequality kills: A report by Oxfam

The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened global economic disparities. Not only has the pandemic killed millions of people throughout the world, but it has also revealed the flaws in public health systems as well as social and economic safeguards. In summary, the coronavirus pandemic has shown that people’s life chances are intimately tied to their money …

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What is Maharashtra’s Shakti Act and why is it controversial?

The Shakti Criminal Laws (Maharashtra Amendment) Act was overwhelmingly enacted by the Maharashtra Assembly on Thursday, December 23. After Andhra Pradesh, it became the second state in India to accept the death sentence for heinous rape and gangrape offences with the approval of the Bill. Changes to the Indian Penal Code’s rape, gangrape, acid attacks, …

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Govt. spent 80% of Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao funds on media campaigns

According to the Parliamentary Committee on Women’s Empowerment, the government spent a whopping 80% of the funding under its flagship Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao (BBBP) plan on media campaigns, and now has to reconsider this approach and invest in measurable outcomes in health and education for girls. According to the research, “a massive 78.91 percent …

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Social Justice Ministry suggests using anti-drug funds for de-addiction services, not just policing

According to a senior Ministry official, the Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry recently urged that the National Fund to Control Drug Abuse be utilised to carry out de-addiction programmes rather than only policing activities. Subrahmanyam, Secretary, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, said the fund, which was established under a provision of the Narcotic Drugs …

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Online child sexual abuse content spiked 95% during pandemic: report

COVID-19 has led to a major increase in child sexual exploitation and abuse online, according to the WeProtect Global Alliance’s Global Threat Assessment report 2021, which was released on Tuesday. WeProtect Global Alliance is a global movement of over 200 governments, business sector firms, and civil society organisations working together to change the global response …

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