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Misuse of the #MeToo movement and its implications for the idea of agency of women

Any system that works on generalisations is bound to suffer from severe limitations in doing justice in individual cases. The #MeToo movement is no different. I have written earlier about how the #MeToo movement by operating entirely outside the legal justice system is failing to cause any evolution of the mechanisms of justice delivery. Now…
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Why Shashi Tharoor’s private member Bill demanding criminalisation of marital rape is a step in the right direction

RECENTLY, Dr Shashi Tharoor — a senior Congress leader and the Member of Parliament from Thiruvananthapuram — introduced a private member’s Bill No. 255/2018 titled ‘The Women’s Sexual, Reproductive and Menstrual Rights Bill, 2018’ in the Lok Sabha to amend certain legal provisions with the object to “emphasise on the agency of a woman in…
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Sexual Harassment at Workplace: Part I | Introducing the 2013 Act, crucial definitions

In the first column on Sexual Harassment at Workplace in our Know Your Rights series, it is only fair to start it by understanding what is meant by “Sexual harassment at workplace”. At the outset, it should be distinguished from “sexual harassment” in a non-workplace context as the hierarchal set-up that is definitive of an…
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Transgender #MeToo: Delhi High Court affirms protection under Section 354A, IPC

Even as the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2018 passed by the Lok Sabha denies equality to transgender persons in relation to sexual offences, the Delhi High Court has affirmed that Section 354A of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 (IPC) extends protection to victims of sexual harassment, who are transgender. The order in Anamika…
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FIRs in cases of rape cannot be put in public domain to avoid disclosing the victim’s identity: Supreme Court issues fresh guidelines

A two-judge bench comprising of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta, in the matter of Nipun Saxena v. Union of India laid down guidelines regarding the disclosure of a victim’s identity in cases of sexual harassment. In the judgment, the bench acknowledged the social stigma associated with a victim who is often question as…
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Kathua rape and murder case: Ostracised Bakerwal victim’s family stares at bleak future

Things were not the same anymore. With much trepidation, Muhammad Yousaf Pujwala, 45, stepped inside the forest village Rasana in Kathua district — which has been winter home to past several generations of his ancestors — early this month. Amid threats — which followed ugly communal politics over his eight-year-old daughter’s brutal gangrape and murder…
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