Saturday, 25 June, 2022

Topic: Dowry

‘Every matrimonial case exaggerated’ — Allahabad HC wants to curb ‘misuse’ of anti-dowry law

Justice Rahul Chaturvedi Monday issued guidelines to prevent 'misuse' of IPC Section 498A, including two-month 'cooling period' after FIR when husband and kin can't be arrested.

Indian Nursing Council files police complaint over textbook justifying dowry, alleges defamation

Textbook of Sociology for Nurses claims dowry can be ‘helpful in establishing a new household’, and says ‘ugly-looking girls’ can be married off with an attractive dowry.

Nursing textbook lists ‘merits’ of dowry, gets called out for ‘anti-women, derogatory content’

Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi Monday wrote to Minister of Education Dharmendra Pradhan, requesting him to immediately stop the book's circulation and take it off curriculum.

Sikhs & Christians see biggest rise in dowry payment, Kerala is the worst state, study says

Upper caste Indians are the highest dowry payers, blog on World Bank site says, using data from 40,000 marriages that took place between 1960 and 2008 in rural India.

What constitutes a developed society? Vismaya’s death rakes up key questions

Campus Voice is an initiative by ThePrint where young Indians get an opportunity to express their opinions on a prevalent issue.

Bollywood ‘biases’ presented by Carnegie Mellon’s AI tool: Upper caste Hindu doctors & no NE

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, US, gather subtitles from 1,400 Hollywood & Bollywood movies, use AI to assess biases and social trends. Study yet to be peer-reviewed.

Downside of dowry crackdown — women’s decision-making power falls, domestic violence goes up

Researchers from Rice University in US studied the relationship between dowry payments and Indian women's post-marital status by using amendments to the anti-dowry law.

The survival rate of a baby girl in India falls when gold prices go up

Dowries impose a considerable tax on girls’ families. In South Asia it is estimated to be six times the average annual household income. 

Top woman bureaucrat demands definition for ‘wife’, says women misusing laws

Steel secretary Aruna Sharma hits out at ‘narrow approach’ to women’s rights, says men are being falsely trapped in judicial maze and losing faith.

Talk Point: Is there a pushback against women-centric dowry and rape laws?

Two recent court rulings on special laws protecting women are significant. The Supreme Court issued a set of guidelines for arresting a husband and his...

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Almost 4,000 enrol for IAF’s Agnipath recruitment scheme on day 1 of online registrations

These registrations pertain to the Indian Air Force's Agniveer Vayu programme. The online portal for the first phase was opened at 10 am Friday, and will close on 5 July.

With Agnipath, Modi govt’s shock & awe doctrine may have misfired a vital reform, yet again

Modi govt's biggest flaw has been its disinclination to accept limitations of electoral majorities. This ruined land acquisition and farm reform, stalled labour codes.