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Married daughter remains part of parents' family : Court
Report dated 21/08/2014 @ 1:16 PM
The Bombay High Court has ruled a landmark order that says the state's rules that discriminate against a married daughter and exclude her from the purview of the expression 'family' were unconstitutional and infringed on fundamental rights. The ruling was made in a case of transfer of a kerosene retail licence.
Ranjana Anerao had challenged a 2007 government decision rejecting her claim to the retail licence held by her deceased mother.
The High Court said the ruling was discriminatory and violates the Constitution. It pointed out that a divorced daughter also falls within the definition of family, and the exclusion of a married daughter is not based on any logic or justifiable criteria.
The Court struck down the discriminatory rules and asked the state to reconsider Anerao's application for grant of the kerosene retail licence.
Newlywed UP women revolt – leave husbands' homes for lacking toilets
Report dated 20/08/2014 @ 1:01 PM
Six women all from Khesiya village in Kushinagar district of Uttar Pradesh have left their husbands' homes because there are no toilets indoors. They said they would return only after their husbands had built proper toilets at home.
In his Independence Day speech PM Narendra Modi vowed to end open defecation.
Nearly half of India's 1.2 billion people have no toilets at home, and campaigners say the problem is acute in rural India where the women suffer most and are exposed to a risk of attack.
India cancels talks with Pakistan
Report dated 20/08/2014 @ 12:52 PM
India cancelled talks with Pakistan, derailing the latest effort between the neighbours, whose hopes were lifted after PM Narendra Modi invited Pakistani premier Nawaz Sharif to his swearing in ceremony in May.
India has now said it will not take part in discussions set for next week after Pakistan's envoy in India met with separatist leaders from Jammu and Kashmir.
Pakistan however said it was a long standing practice for its officials to meet with Kashmiri leaders before talks with India, in order to facilitate meaningful discussions on Kashmir.
Court orders release of activist Irom Sharmila Chanu
Report dated 20/08/2014 @ 12:50 PM
A sessions court in Imphal has ordered the release of human rights activist Irom Sharmila Chanu, dismissing the belief she is attempting to commit suicide by way of a hunger strike.
Sharmila who has been on a fast for 13 years demanded the repeal of the controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA).
Sharmila moved the sessions court Manipur East, challenging an earlier order passed by the chief judicial magistrate Imphal East, in June, that charged her under the section of the IPC on attempt to commit suicide.
Human rights lawyer Khaidem Mani who appeared on her behalf said she was not attempting to commit suicide. She was protesting against the AFSPA.
Amnesty International India has already launched a campaign across the country, seeking the unconditional release of Sharmila. Over 16,000 people support their campaign.
Husbands want gender neutral laws to stave off exploitation
Report dated 18/08/2014 @ 1:30 PM
A national conference in Agra of men's rights activists representing over 100 groups across India, has demanded a separate ministry for men's welfare. Some 140 activists and five women attended who believe the present legal apparatus is heavily tilted in favour of girls who are increasingly misusing the provisions to extort money through false allegations.
One organiser of the Save the Family movement said it is now time for a gender-neutral framework, to find ways and steps to cleanse the system of anti-male bias. They warned the government that trampling on the rights of men under the guise of positive discrimination towards women will no longer be tolerated.
The spokesperson for the conference said this was the 6th conference and the next is to be in Mumbai. They now have over 40,000 activists. There is a plethora of family-breaking laws in India and data suggests over 80 percent of cases are false. It is now time to protect men from domestic violence involving psychological and emotional suffering that causes tension and stress for family members whose health and productivity decline.
Those arrested in 2013 for cruelty to daughters-in-law was 833,454 of which 17542 or 16 percent were convicted. Data also suggests one man commits suicide every 9 minutes, which is almost double the rate among women.
The president of the Children's Rights Initiative for Shared Parenting said pre-marital counselling should be made compulsory for couples, and parents who force their children into marriage should be punished, since the cost of a failed marriage was too high on both in individuals and society.