READING DOWN THE MARITAL RAPE EXCEPTION: FROM THE TOP OF AN IVORY TOWER?

By Parva Kaushal Khare and Siddharth Sonkar On October 11, 2017, in Independent Thought v. Union of India,[1] the Supreme Court held sexual intercourse with a girl below eighteen years of age to be rape, regardless of her marital status.[2] It did so by reading down the Marital Rape Exception.[3] However, the Bench refrained from … Continue reading READING DOWN THE MARITAL RAPE EXCEPTION: FROM THE TOP OF AN IVORY TOWER?

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Has the ‘new’ S. 498A IPC Become Cruel to Women?

by Abhijeet Singh Rawaley Background In Rajesh Sharma & Ors. v. State of Uttar Pradesh & Anr., a division bench of the Supreme Court of India, comprising Justices A. K. Goel and U. U. Lalit, was asked “whether any directions… [were] called for to prevent the misuse of Section 498A, IPC.” The provision is intended … Continue reading Has the ‘new’ S. 498A IPC Become Cruel to Women?

Conversation with Flavia Agnes, Director, Majlis Legal Centre

Ms. Flavia Agnes is a lawyer who has worked in the field of women's rights for over two decades. She is a co-founder of Majlis Legal Centre, Mumbai, that provides socio-legal support to women and children on issues of matrimonial rights, domestic violence, sexual abuse, etc. She has several publications to her credit and is a … Continue reading Conversation with Flavia Agnes, Director, Majlis Legal Centre

The Assisted Reproductive Technologies (Regulation) Bill, 2010: A Case of Misplaced Priorities?

by Priyattama Bhanj As surrogacy in India continues to grow by the day, the proposed law to regulate it continues to remain in incipient stages. The present guidelines are a consequence of those originally framed by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). However, these do not have any legal sanctity and are not binding. … Continue reading The Assisted Reproductive Technologies (Regulation) Bill, 2010: A Case of Misplaced Priorities?

The issue of Reproductive Rights in India: How is it different from other societies?

by Samyak Sibasish Last November, we witnessed the death of a 31 year old Indian woman, Savita Hallapanavar, in Ireland, after doctors refused to give her an abortion 17 weeks into pregnancy, which created quite a huge furore in the Indian and Irish media. The reason for such a hue and cry was the reason … Continue reading The issue of Reproductive Rights in India: How is it different from other societies?