India's Citizenship Amendment Bill is an attempt to reduce minority Muslims into second class citizens, a Muslim-American Congressman has said as the contentious bill got the clearance from both the houses of the Indian parliament.The contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), which seeks to provide Indian citizenship to non-Muslim migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, was passed by Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. Lok Sabha cleared the Bill on Monday."This move is yet another attempt to effectively reduce Muslims in India to second-class citizens,” said Congressman Andre Carson, who is one of the three Muslim members currently serving in the US Congress.Close Carson also raised his concern for the removal of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. related news SC for impartial inquiry into encounter of Telangana rape-murder accused Several flights from Kolkata to Northeast cancelled CAB 'completely unconstitutional', headed towards SC: Congress leader … [Read more...] about CAB attempt to reduce Muslims into second class citizens in India: Lawmaker
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The Delhi Police has filed a 12,000-page charge sheet against former Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar and others in a sedition case that was lodged in 2016.Delhi Police claimed they have evidence to proceed against 10 former students of JNU, including Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya and seven students from Jammu and Kashmir – Aquib Hussain, Mujeeb Hussain, Muneeb Hussain, Umar Gul, Rayeea Rassol, Bashir Bhat and Basharat.To charges of sedition being framed against him, Kanhaiya Kumar told CNN News 18, “I thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi and congratulate this government for filing the charge sheet after three years."Close “Framing sedition charges against me is not fair. Basic facts are hidden in the case and everything is politically motivated. Parties are getting desperate ahead of polls,” he added. related news JNU students lathi charged by cops during march to Rashtrapati Bhavan 'Make … [Read more...] about JNU sedition row: Kanhaiya Kumar chargesheeted after 3 years — a look at what has happened so far
Student protests in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) against hostel fee hike, are showing no signs of simmering down. On December 9, students marching towards the Rashtrapati Bhavan were reportedly baton-charged by the police. Many were detained.According to JNU Students' Union (JNUSU) president Aishe Ghosh, "Several students, including women, have been detained by police which brutally attacked the protesters, asking us to go back to campus."Students, who were seen raising slogans like "Delhi Police go back" and "Education must be free for all", said that they will not budge until their demand for a complete rollback of the hostel fee hike is met. The JNUTA, a teacher’s association, has also called a sit-in in solidarity with the student’s demands.Close The students have been protesting for over a month and have now called for boycotting of examinations till their demands are met. The Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) is holding parleys with the student council … [Read more...] about JNU students not alone in protesting against fee hike: Here are varsities missed by national media
The Supreme Court pulled up the Uttar Pradesh government on Monday, questioning the state's refusal to indict Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in a 2007 hate speech case.The top court issued a notice to the UP government on the basis of a plea that challenged the Allahabad High Court's decision of accepting the state's refusal to grant a sanction to prosecute Adityanath in the hate speech case.The petition was filed by Gorakhpur resident Parvez Parvaz and Azamgarh resident Asad Hayat.Close A three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra and comprising of Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud, has issued a notice to the Director General of Police (Crime Branch), Gorakhpur District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police. related news Telangana rape and murder case | Supreme Court orders probe into police encounter of accused SC for impartial inquiry into encounter of Telangana rape-murder accused IUML moves SC challenging Citizenship (Amendment) Bill … [Read more...] about Yogi Adityanath hate speech case: SC sends notice to UP govt
The Supreme Court delivered a historic judgment on September 6, decriminlising consensual sex in the LGBTQ community. However, it was held that bestiality will continue to be an offence under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). So technically, Section 377 has not been scrapped, it has only been read down.Now, let’s take a look at the legal fineprint and how this landmark verdict will make a difference on the ground.What does Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code entail?Close Section 377 of the IPC, titled “unnatural offences”, criminalises an individual for engaging in “carnal intercourse which is against the order of nature”. The punishment could be a term ranging from 10 years to life imprisonment; or punitive fine. related news Telangana rape and murder case | Supreme Court orders probe into police encounter of accused SC for impartial inquiry into encounter of Telangana rape-murder accused IUML moves SC challenging Citizenship … [Read more...] about Section 377 verdict: What difference will it make on the ground?