Adultery no longer a crime, SC scraps 158-year old law Current Affairs 

Adultery no longer a crime, SC scraps 158-year old law

New Delhi: Extra marital sex no longer a crime in India. A five-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court on Thursday struck down penal provision on adultery. The bench unanimously ruled to scrap Section 497 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The Constitution bench, led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra and comprising Justices R F Nariman, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra, had reserved it verdict in the case in August. The 158-year old adultery law punished a man with five years in jail or fine or…

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Distortion of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's interviews on Ayodhya issue Featured Society 

Distortion of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s interviews on Ayodhya issue and Syria comment

Recently some sections in the media have twisted Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s interviews regarding the Ayodhya issue and are calling Sri Sri anti-Muslim while also accusing him of fear mongering. It is quite absurd to hear that Sri Sri is against Muslims. If that were indeed the case, why would the Art of Living and its sister organizations get involved in trauma relief work and provide aid in the form of food, water and shelter in the conflict zones in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, etc. In fact within India too Sri…

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SC seeks Center’s response on plea challenging Polygamy, Nikah Halala among Muslims Current Affairs 

SC seeks Center’s response on plea challenging Polygamy, Nikah Halala among Muslims

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to examine the constitutional validity of polygamy and nikah halala amongst the Muslim community. The apex court also sought response from Union government and the Law Commission on the plea challenging the practices. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra considered the submission that an earlier five-judge constitution bench, in its 2017 verdict, had kept open the issue of polygamy and ‘nikah halala’ while quashing instant triple talaq. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y.…

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Ayodhya Dispute Once a mosque always a mosque, Supreme Court told Current Affairs 

Ayodhya Dispute: Once a mosque always a mosque, Supreme Court told

New Delhi: The Supreme Court was on Friday told that the mosque enjoyed a unique place in Islam and its religious significance does not diminish just because it was desecrated and destroyed through a “barbaric act.” Adjudication of the politically sensitive Ayodhya land dispute case will be delayed as the Supreme Court will first decide whether the apex court’s 1994 decision in the Ismail Faruqui case that a “mosque is not an essential part of Islam” needs to be re-examined by a five-judge constitution bench. The Faruqui verdict came on…

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Jamaat-e-Islami refused to support me in embracing Islam Hadiya Current Affairs 

Jamaat-e-Islami refused to support me in embracing Islam: Hadiya

Kozhikode: Akhila, A 25-year-old Hindu woman from Kerala who converted to Islam and took a new name Hadiya, on Saturday stirred a controversy after lambasting two Muslim organisations Jamaat-e-Islami and Tarbiyyath which refused to support her in embracing Islam. “Both Jamaat-e-Islami and Tarbiyyath refused to help me when I approached them with my desire to embrace Islam. It was only Popular Front of India which stood by my side and helped us fight the case legally in the apex court,” Hadiya said to reporters. The Supreme Court on Thursday restored…

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BJP leader filed PIL in Supreme Court to declare Nikah Halala as ‘rape’ Current Affairs 

BJP leader filed PIL in Supreme Court to declare Nikah Halala as ‘rape’

New Delhi: BJP leader Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay filed a fresh Public Interest Litigation (PIL) on Monday in the Supreme Court demanding to declare Nikah Halala as rape and polygamy an offence under IPC and declare them ‘unconstitutional’. Delhi based lawyer, has also urged the apex court to declare both the practices as violation of fundamental rights guaranteed to Muslim women under Articles 14 (right to equality), 15 (right to non-discrimination) and 21 (right to life and liberty) of the Constitution. Further, the PIL also urged the top court to declare…

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SC adjourned Babri Masjid-Ram Janambhoomi title suite, next hearing on March 14 Current Affairs 

SC adjournes Babri Masjid-Ram Janambhoomi title suite, next hearing on March 14

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday adjourned the hearing in politically-sensitive Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi title suite as some documents and translations have not yet been filed. The next hearing is scheduled on March 14. A special bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer has taken up 13 appeals filed against the judgment of the Allahabad High Court, which ruled a three-way split of the disputed 2.77 acres in Ayodhya. The disputed plot has been divided among the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi…

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NIA can probe anything but not Hadiya’s marital status, SC on alleged Kerala ‘love Jihad’ case Current Affairs 

NIA can probe anything but not Hadiya’s marital status, SC on alleged Kerala ‘love Jihad’ case

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today observed that the National Investigation Agency (NIA) cannot get involved in the marital status of Hadiya alias Akhila as she is an adult. A three-judge SC bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra brushed aside the agency’s objections and said, “We are not concerned with the NIA probe. You can probe anything, but not on marital status”. The bench was responding to the NIA objection in which NIA said that top court had asked it to check if vulnerable women were being…

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