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In busy & controversial 2018, SC struck down Colonial-era laws but upheld Aadhaar

Of the at least 35 judgments that dominated headlines in 2018, ThePrint takes a look at 7 key orders passed by the top court.

Supreme Court does well to prevent abuse of anti-dowry law

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BJP MPs want a men’s commission, say women are ruining marriages

The two MPs call for an amendment to anti-dowry law, say men are scared of marriage and that's why they prefer live-in relationships.

Maneka Gandhi joins pushback against 498-A, calls anti-dowry law ‘strange’

Women and Child Development Minister’s statement is significant because activists have been highlighting that there is a pushback against women-centric laws.
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Talk Point: Steel secretary’s remarks shed light on a collective misogyny we all need to question

Aruna Sharma’s statement, and our instinctual response to subvert women’s voices and dilute legitimacy, sheds light on a collective internalised misogyny we all need to question.

Talk Point: Section 498-A is sometimes misused, implement July 2017 apex court order

Senior bureaucrat Aruna Sharma has lashed out at what she calls the “narrow approach in the name of women’s rights”. She believes this has led to a rampant misuse of law by women, asserting that such “activism” is resulting in men losing faith in the judiciary and the institution of marriage. Is the call to revisit some of our gender laws and their implementation valid or exaggerated? What steel secretary Aruna Sharma wrote about the misuse of Section 498-A, and protecting men from baseless complaints were her personal views. But she has highlighted a truism which is almost never discussed, but ought to be. Section 498-A is sometimes misused and rather that helping women, sexual harassment laws are being used for extortion. In July 2017, the apex court wrote a 20-page order explaining how the provision was being misused, and set out a detailed process to be followed before any arrest could...
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Talk Point: Section 498-A: Most cases are filed to make monetary gains out of a failed relationship

Senior bureaucrat Aruna Sharma has lashed out at what she calls the “narrow approach in the name of women’s rights”. She believes this has led to a rampant misuse of law by women, asserting that such “activism” is resulting in men losing faith in the judiciary and the institution of marriage. Is the call to revisit some of our gender laws and their implementation valid or exaggerated? While a number of Supreme Court judgments have taken cognisance of the misuse of Section 498-A of the IPC and even gone as far as calling it “legal terrorism”, no government has so far taken any action in this regard for fear of being termed anti-women. Little do they realise that the mothers and sisters of falsely implicated husbands are also women in distress, and as many as 40,000 women get arrested every year under Section 498-A. An alarming number of cases registered never lead...
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Talk Point: Women-centric laws: Quality investigation alone can do justice to both men and women

Senior bureaucrat Aruna Sharma has lashed out at what she calls the “narrow approach in the name of women’s rights”. She believes this has led to a rampant misuse of law by women, asserting that such “activism” is resulting in men losing faith in the judiciary and the institution of marriage. Is the call to revisit some of our gender laws and their implementation valid or exaggerated? On this issue, I have a whole lot of instances to go by, both as a journalist and as a part of an extended Punjabi family. I have seen an uncle and aunt, both senior officers in the Punjab government, spend almost a week in jail after the marriage of a nephew went awry. The elderly couple met the bahu for the first and last time at the wedding, but she got almost every close relative booked and jailed for domestic violence and demanding...
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Talk Point: Steel secretary’s attempt to vilify women is a disgrace to her gender

I do not agree with Sharma’s sweeping assertions. Firstly, she does not care to address the fact that the basic problem regarding women and their rights persists.

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One in three people at Congress rallies may not have voted for the party: Lokniti-CSDS

Survey data from BJP and Congress rallies during 2019 election suggest that huge crowds are deceiving and don’t translate into votes in favour.
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Does Congress have a future in India after 2019 Lok Sabha election results?

The Congress party faced a crushing defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections at the hands of Narendra Modi-led BJP.

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IAF workhorse AN-32 gets a fuel that’s green and creates jobs for tribals

The IAF will now run its AN-32 transport aircraft on a blended bio-fuel partly derived from trees. It plans to widen the experiment over the next two years.
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Modi era begins in politics as caste factor fades. Here’s why he won’t be easy to beat

BJP's Mandir politics has subsumed Mandal under Modi-Shah and created a pan-Hindu vote. Modi's challenger has to invent a new politics.