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Supreme Court orders round the clock security to two women- Bindu & Kanakdurga, who entered the Sabarimala temple; Kerala Govt says 51 women have already entered the temple

A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court comprising CJI Ranjan Gogoi, Justices L Nageswara Rao and Dinesh Maheswari has today ordered the Kerala Government to provide round the clock adequate security to two women, Bindu & Kanakdurga, who entered the Sabrimala temple on January 2, 2019.  The Court, however, refused to look into any other…
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[Read Petition] Two women who entered Sabrimala temple approach Supreme Court, seek police protection; SC to hear the matter tomorrow

THE Supreme Court has agreed to hear the petition tomorrow, January 18, 2018 filed by two women from Kerala — namely Bindu A and Kanakadurga — who entered Sabrimala temple on January 2, 2019, following the Supreme Court’s verdict dated September 28, 2018 lifting ban on the entering of women of the age of 10…
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Sabarimala: Not adhering to the Supreme Court judgment is flouting one of the constitutionally strongest verdicts of our times

IN his book titled, Politics Women and Well-Being: How Kerala Became ‘A Model’ , Professor Robin Jeffrey praises a politically active population, in which women have some degree of autonomy for the best quality-of-life figures in India. Kerala has the high literacy levels, low infant mortality rate, high life expectancy, highest human development index and a…
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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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Big blow to RTI: Law Ministry turns down application on material used to promulgate Triple Talaq Ordinance

In a big blow to transparency, the Ministry of Law and Justice has turned down an RTI application filed by Paras Nath Singh, a Delhi-based advocate, seeking information on the material that formed basis for the promulgation of the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Ordinance, 2018 (commonly known as the “Triple Talaq Ordinance”),…
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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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What is Domestic Violence? An introduction to the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005

As part of The Leaflet’s “Know Your Rights” series, I will be writing a weekly column on the seminal legislation that is the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005, (DV Act).  This is the first of the series on Domestic Violence, and deals with the legal definition of “Domestic Violence”, and how it…
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