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(opinion-Ed) Victim in the dock [Social issues,Role of women]

  • Its all about a criticism on recent judgement on Section-498A by the SC.
  • Demanded for the monitoring the genuineness of petition.

|=> No Automatic Arrest in 498-A Cases, SC Issues Strict guidelines to Police and Magistrates, Non Compliance will Attract Disciplinary & Contempt Proceedings .

 “A Supreme Court bench has now ruled that a family welfare committee in every district will scrutinize dowry harassment cases before the local police can arrest the accused”

What next? 

Section 498A in The Indian Penal Code
Husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty.—Whoever, being the husband or the relative of the husband of a woman, subjects such woman to cruelty shall be pun­ished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years and shall also be liable to fine.

Explanation.—For the purpose of this section, “cruelty” means—

(a) any willful conduct which is of such a nature as is likely to drive the woman to commit suicide or to cause grave injury or danger to life, limb or health (whether mental or physical) of the woman; or
(b) harassment of the woman where such harassment is with a view to coercing her or any person related to her to meet any unlawful demand for any property or valuable security or is on account of failure by her or any person related to her to meet such demand.
Beyond these>>
India’s top court has had a catharsis with a series of pro-women judicial decisions. Be it the Mary Roy case(1986, when the Supreme Court upheld Christian women’s inheritance rights), the Shah Bano case (1986, upholding Muslim women’s right to maintenance on divorce), the Rupan Deol Bajaj case (1988, in favour of women co-employees’ right against sexual harassment), the Vishakha judgement (1996, listing guidelines on workplace sexual harassment), the Gurmit Singh case (1996, ruling that the sole testimony of a woman is sufficient to convict a rapist), or the Githa Hariharan case (1999, granting a mother’s right to be a guardian) – the top court has been emphatic about its gender sensitivity.

Panel to draft data protection Bill:SC

  • Highlighting the need for a comprehensive law on data protection, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) informed a nine-judge Bench of the Supreme Court on Tuesday that the Centre has constituted a committee of experts, led by former Supreme Court judge, Justice B.N. Srikrishna, to identify “key data protection issues” and suggest a draft data protection Bill.
  • Appearing before the Bench led by Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar hearing the question whether privacy is a fundamental right, UIDAI, the nodal agency for implementation of Aadhaar, said privacy is not a fundamental right; privacy is subjective and dependent on human behavior.
  • Any attempt by the court to robe it in the status of a fundamental right would damage the nation and stymie the government’s efforts for good governance.

Not much important
GST Anti-profiteering mechanism soon: FM

  • The Goods and Services Tax Council will finalize the machinery to implement the anti-profiteering provisions in the GST law at its next meeting.
  • The GST Council,will now meet every month to ascertain ‘where the shoe pinches’ and make suitable adjustments in the new indirect tax regime.

Water conservation scheme a big success [Environment,Conservation]

  • The Rajasthan government’s flagship water conservation program has turned out to be a success in Pratapgarh district.

What next? 

Jal Swavalamban Abhiyan (JSA)

  • It is the Rajasthan government’s flagship water conservation program.
  • The groundwater table has increased,green agricultural fields have expanded and no tankers with drinking water had to be sent to as many as 94 villages this year.

Rising temperatures drive up farmer suicides in India: U.S. study

  • Climate change may have led to over 59,000 farmer suicides over the last 30 years in India, argues a research report from the University of California, Berkeley in US.
  • Even a 1°C increase in temperature above 20° C in a single day during the crop growing season results in about 70 suicides on average.
  • The increase in temperature during the cropping season reduces crop yields, resulting in increased suicides, according to a study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences .

A clear failure of TN government

  • Its handling of the challenge posed by the new norm that all medical college admissions should be based solely on the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test has been a disaster.

What next to learn?

  • It failed to prepare students under its school education board for the demanding common entrance test conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education, and it could not defend before the judiciary its controversial decision to block 85% of medical seats for State board students.
  • In the process, it has completely let down aspiring doctors from the State. The admission scene for professional courses has been beset by uncertainty, confusion and all-round despair.
  • The national admission policy was undoubtedly thrust on an unwilling State government by the Supreme Court and the Centre.
  • Yet, despite knowing that the State cannot remain insulated from the policy, the Tamil Nadu government did not respond with a concrete plan to upgrade its syllabus and prepare students for the task ahead.
  • On the contrary, it misled students into believing that they would get an exemption from NEET. It may have been justified in passing two Bills to exempt the State from NEET and send them to the Centre to secure the President’s assent.
  • But meanwhile it should have told students to be ready for NEET if the assent did not come. The Centre is obviously reluctant to advise the President to give his assent, as granting exemption to one State may lead to similar demands from other States; and, the legislation may not survive the Supreme Court’s scrutiny.

NOD for Jharkhand religious Bill

  • The Jharkhand Cabinet gave its approval to the Jharkhand Religious Independence Bill, 2017.

What next?

  • Section 3 of the Bill prohibits forceful conversion.
  • In the event of violation of the Section, there will be up to three years imprisonment or Rs. 50,000 penalty or both.
  • If the crime involved a minor, a woman or a person from the SC/ST community, the prison term would be up to four years and a penalty of Rs. 1 lakh.

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