After a rigorous struggle and a long wait, the Supreme Court of India decriminalised gay sex in a landmark verdict on September 6. What followed was shared rejoicing by activists, the film fraternity and politicians.However, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has maintained an eerie silence over the issue. At a time when the Indian as well as international media are celebrating the historic verdict, with congratulatory messages flooding social media platforms, the BJP is tightlipped.The only exception has been BJP Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy, who told news channels that “homosexuality is a genetic flaw” and that "this verdict would give rise to issues like increase in gay bars and the number of HIV cases”. Stating that homosexuality cannot be treated like an alternate sexual behaviour, Swamy said, “There is no finality in the Supreme Court’s judgement today, and this can be overturned by a seven-judge bench." Swamy had earlier told the … [Read more...] about Why is the BJP silent on Supreme Court’s landmark verdict decriminalising gay sex?
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The Uttarakhand High Court has come to the rescue of a government servant who was denied maternity leave for her third child, terming a state government rule to this effect "unconstitutional".Hearing a writ petition by Haldwani resident Urmila Manish, the single judge bench of Justice Rajiv Sharma said denial of maternity leave to women for their third child under the Second Proviso of Fundamental Rule 153 of Financial Handbook of the Uttar Pradesh Fundamental Rules, adopted by Uttarakhand, went against the letter and spirit of the Constitution.The court in its July 30 order said the rule should be struck down as it went against Article 42 of the Constitution, which provides for "just and humane conditions of work and maternity relief", and Section 27 of the Maternity Benefit Act, 1961.Close Taking a humanitarian view, it ordered that the petitioner is granted leave. related news India-US partnership evolving fast: Shringla NCP demands speedy trial of Unnao accused, change … [Read more...] about Uttarakhand HC declares govt rule denying maternity leave for third child unconstitutional
K RaveendranThe Narendra Modi government has allowed itself to be damned for its electoral bond scheme. The much-fancied scheme has ended up doing whatever it was meant to prevent. Details of the murky manner in which the government evolved and implemented the scheme show why it is so.Electoral bonds were supposed to check the use of black money in funding elections and it was argued that without institutionalised funding, corporate and other interested parties would pay political parties with questionable cash, often by round-tripping and siphoning off money from their businesses.Close In practice, however, the scheme has opened the floodgates to unlimited corporate donations and anonymous financing. Instead of making election funding transparent, the bonds have put a veil of secrecy over donations, at the same time enabling the government to know who has paid whom. This makes the scheme a perfect quid pro quo mechanism for vested interests to please the ruling establishment and … [Read more...] about Policy | Electoral bonds promote what they are supposed to prevent
Justice Ranjan Gogoi is likely to take over as the next Chief Justice of India (CJI) after the retirement of incumbent CJI Dipak Misra on October 2 this year. Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had urged Misra to recommend the name of his successor.There is a lot of speculation, as well as surprise, in the legal circles regarding the coronation of Justice Gogoi because of his involvement in the press conference that was held by the four seniormost judges of the Supreme Court. The unprecedented press conference was held in January this year, when the judges had raised concerns over the administration of the Supreme Court and independence of the judiciary.Justice Gogoi’s involvement in the press conference had reportedly irked the Centre. However, when asked about the same, Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “There was no reason to doubt the intention of the government. There is a convention in place and let the CJI forward the name of his successor and then … [Read more...] about Explained: How is the Chief Justice of India appointed?
The Supreme Court has pulled up the Delhi government on Monday over the latter’s proposal to build a landfill site in a residential colony of Sonia Vihar in east Delhi, The Times of India has reported.Irked by the proposal, the Supreme Court asked the Delhi government as to why garbage should not be dumped in front of the Lieutenant Governor’s residence instead of harassing the common people in that residential colony.The matter is being heard by a bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta, which observed that the piling up of unprocessed garbage on the roads of the national capital has become “alarming” and yet the state government is not taking adequate and swift action.Close The top court based their arguments on a recent study conducted by Sir Ganga Ram Hospital (SGRH), which noted that the bigger cause of lung cancer in India was air pollution and not smoking. related news Courts should provide specific reasons while deciding bail … [Read more...] about Why don’t you dump the garbage in front of Raj Niwas, SC asks Delhi government