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Supreme Court: Forced marital sexual acts cannot be considered crime

The Supreme Court on Wednesday said that forced marital intercourse and sexual acts cannot be considered as a criminal act. The apext court said that section 375 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), which defines the offence of rape, has an exception clause that says the intercourse or sexual act …

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Chandigarh stalking case: Day long drama ends in re-arrest of Vikas Barala and friend

After a daylong drama, the Chandigarh Police on Wednesday re-arrested Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala’s son, Vikas Barala , and his friend, Ashish Kumar, accused of stalking and trying to kidnap Haryana IAS officer V S Kundu’s daughter, Varnika Kundu, on the night of August 4. Since morning, the Chandigarh …

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CRPF jawans accused of molesting schoolgirls at Raksha Bandhan event in Chhattisgarh, probe ordered

The authorities in Chhattisgarh have ordered an inquiry into a recent incident, in which security personnel allegedly molested the girl students of a state-run residential school during a cultural programme held ahead of Raksha Bandhan in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district. The district administration has constituted a five-member panel to look into …

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Shaina NC tweets fake photo shaming Chandigarh’s stalking victim, later deletes tweet blaming hackers

BJP spokesperson, Shaina NC, on Monday joined the group of people who sought to publicly shame the victim of Chandigarh’s stalking incident. Shaina, in her tweet, had posted an image of the victim, Varnika Kundu, with a copied message that read, “So called victim Beti with Vikas Barala. Justice must …

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Gut-wrenching Facebook post by IAS officer after daughter was almost kidnapped by Haryana BJP chief’s son

An IAS officer in Haryana has taken to Facebook to post the ordeal his daughter, a DJ by profession, went through after being stalked and almost kidnapped by two men including a son of Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala. In his Facebook post, the IAS officer said that he will be failing …

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#WhereIsMyName: A campaign that challenges Afghan society’s patriarchy of naming and identity

In many societies, including ours, women’s names have traditionally been treated differently than men’s names. Women’s names, at least in part, are treated as far more dispensable, officially and socially. They are often supported by the father’s, and then replaced by the husband’s name. In large parts of Afghanistan, this …

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Victim to braid-chop fear: The story of the Dalit woman lynched to death in Agra

A Dalit woman was beaten to death by two neighbours in an Agra village on Wednesday and police suspect the attack was connected to cases in Delhi and Gurgaon where women had said their braids had mysteriously been chopped off. Mandevi (65) was allegedly beaten to death at Mutnai village …

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Girl who lost her hands in a blast cooks for the first time; finds a fan in Vikas Khanna

It is not every day that Vikas Khanna, a Michelin-starred Indian chef responds to your tweets. And when he does, the Internet will make sure it is remembered. Just like how Malvika Iyer’s Twitter exchange with the chef is now the talk of Twitterverse. Malvika Iyer is a brave and beautiful …

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Super Doctor Mom: The woman who paused her delivery to help another pregnant lady

A Kentucky-based doctor didn’t forget her duties even when she was in labour pain. Dr Amanda Hess paused her own delivery to help another woman, who was suffering in agony. She was in her own room on July 23 when she heard a woman wail, and selflessly, went to help her. …

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Lipstick Under My Burqa: Wake Up men! Speak out Women!

So, it was unsurprising that when we were coming out from the theatre after watching Lipstick Under My Burkha last weekend, I overheard a man telling his wife/partner, “kya rikshawalon waali film thi”, which roughly translates to the film being meant for rickshaw-pullers, a comment as classist/sexist as it can get. That …

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