The Supreme Court has held that having sex with a wife below the age of 18 amounts to rape. The court said that since sex with a minor wife amounts to rape, it amounts to a crime. The court however did not rule on marital rape. The court had reserved its verdict on a plea challenging the validity of an exception clause in the rape law that permits intercourse or sexual act by a man with his wife, not below 15 years. The court while delivering the verdict read down exception 2 of Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code.
The Supreme Court witnessed heated arguments during the Love Jihad case. The Supreme Court objected to senior advocate Dushyant Dave’s loud arguments. The court also took objection to his accusation against the BJP members that they were trying to disturb communal harmony in Kerala by terming his client Shafin Jahan’s marriage to Akhila alias Hadiya as Love Jihad.
In an interesting observation, the Supreme Court has said that mere refusal to speak to the wife does not amount to cruelty. A lady had filed a case against her husband under the draconian provisions of Section 498 A stating that her husband had not spoken to her for 20 days despite her best efforts.
The Supreme Court is set to pronounce a historic judgment on triple talaq today. It would either declare the practise as valid or unconstitutional or let the government take a decision on the matter.
A decision on a standalone law to regulate NGOs in the country would be taken within four weeks, the Supreme Court was informed. The law if brought into force would regulate the activities of NGOs.
The Supreme Court on Friday upheld the law that made the UID number a must for filing income tax returns and its linkage to PAN card. This was a major victory for the Narendra Modi government which has been making Aadhaar mandatory for many transactions.
After barring them from travelling abroad, Justice C S Karnan has sentenced Chief Justice of India, J S Khehar and seven other judges of the Supreme Court to five years rigorous imprisonment. In his order the judge of the Calcutta High Court has said that the the SC judges have committed offences punishable under the provisions of the SC/ST Atrocities Act of 1989 and amended Act of 2015.
Nirbhaya’s killers will hang to death the Supreme Court has held. The Supreme Court on Friday confirmed the death sentenced awarded to the four killers of Nirbhaya. The Bench held that the case fell under the category of the rarest of rare cases. The Bench held that the accused persons were beyond reforms and hence they should hang by the neck until dead.
“We have full faith in the judicial system and I am sure that the Supreme Court will announce death sentence in its verdict for the guilty. I am sure the Supreme Court will give justice to my daughter. This will set an example for the world”: Nirbhaya’s mother. “They will be awarded death sentence. Leave Supreme Court, even God will not forgive such people”: Nirbhaya’s father It was one of the most brutal cases that the nation had witnessed. Known as the Nirbhaya rape and murder case, the nation awaits with bated breath for the Supreme Court order. The SC is all set to decide whether the killers will hang to death or spend the rest of their life in jail.
The Supreme Court on Friday said that talks should take place with stakeholders in Kashmir, but also warned that nothing would work if the secession is sought. The SC also said that it would direct the CRPF to stop using the pellet guns for two weeks only if there is an assurance that there will be no stone pelting.