India: NHRC Calls For Uniform Marriage Age For Both Gender
A member of the National Human Rights Commission, Jyotika Kalra, on Wednesday called for a uniform marriage age for both genders. Kalra made the call at a two-day National Conference on Child Marriage organized by NHRC in collaboration with South Asia Initiative to End Violence against Children (SAIEVAC). He stressed on the need for stringent laws to end the menace of underage marriage. Kalra added that a law needs to be instituted to make the legal age for marriage uniform, which is in line with the expressions made at the highest levels, including the Supreme Court and Law Commission of India.
India: TADA to UAPA: Here’s How Indian’s Anti-Terrorism Law Has Evolved Over The Years
The Indian government over the years at one point or the other has amended the country’s anti-terrorism laws with a view to making it effective. For instance, the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), 1967, a tough anti-terror law was last amended in 2012 to give sweeping powers to law-enforcement agencies. Conversely, the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act, 1987, was at one time the main law used in cases of terrorism and organized crime, but due to rampant misuse, it was allowed to lapse in 1995.
India: Law Against Lynching: Panel Submits Report To Group Of Ministers
A panel constituted to recommend the possibility of enacting a law against lynching has submitted its report to the group of ministers, headed by home minister Rajnath Singh, according to highly placed sources on Wednesday. The panel, under the leadership of home secretary Rajiv Gauba, held consultations with a cross-section of society and other stakeholders before submitting its report. The Group of Ministers will now analyze the report and submit its recommendations to PM Modi for a final decision.
India: Security Agencies Clamps Down On Human Rights Activists
The Pune police on Tuesday raided the homes of several notable individuals in Mumbai, Delhi, Ranchi, Goa and Hyderabad, including activists, priests, writers and lawyers. At the end of the raid, five prominent rights activists – Sudha Bharadwaj, Vernon Gonsalves, Varavara Rao, Gautam Navlakha and Arun Ferreira, were arrested on a host of charges, including terrorism-related ones, prompting cries of a witch-hunt. Bharadwaj is a prominent trade unionist and lawyer. Navlakha, a widely published writer and civil liberties activist, is 65 years old while Rao, a celebrated Telugu poet and Marxist intellectual and activist, is nearly 80 years old, according to his family.
India: Supreme Court Stays Delhi High Court Ruling On Genetic Disorders
The Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed the Delhi High Court judgment which had ruled that exclusion of “genetic disorders” from insurance policies is unconstitutional. The Supreme Court judgment was passed by a Bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi, Navin Sinha, and KM Joseph in an appeal filed by United India Insurance Company against the Delhi High Court judgment passed in February this year.
India: Create Separate Lanes For VIPs At Toll Plazas, High Court Tells National Highways Authority Of India
A High Court sitting in Madras on Wednesday asked the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to provide separate lanes at toll plazas for VIPs, including judges, across India. A bench comprising justices Huluvadi G Ramesh and M V Muralidharan passed an interim order directing the NHAI to issue a circular to all toll plazas. The court said it would serve a show-cause notice to the authorities if they didn’t issue a circular and any violation of its order would be viewed seriously. The court added that it is very unfortunate that sitting judges are also compelled to wait in the toll plaza for 10 to 15 minutes.
Ireland: Humanist Wedding: Ireland Complies with the Appeal Court Ruling
Following the Belfast Court of Appeal’s ruling in June that humanist marriages must be legally recognized, the first humanist weddings took place last weekend in Northern Ireland. On Saturday 25th August 2018, Emma Taylor and Paul Malone were married at Queen’s University Belfast, while on Sunday 26th August 2018, Alanna McCaffrey and Ronan Johnson tied the knot in County Fermanagh. Alanna McCaffrey and Ronan Johnson, who were married on Sunday, explained that they had wanted a humanist ceremony so it felt meaningful for them.
Germany: Individual May Point To Luxury Cruise Case In a Bid To Skip Gift Tax
A pending case at Germany’s highest financial court regarding the taxation of a couple’s lavish vacation could be leveraged by others to avoid paying gift tax, attorneys said. The Financial Court of Hamburg ruled in June that a man wasn’t liable to pay gift tax on a five-month, 500,000 euro ($585,175) cruise around the world that he took with his girlfriend. A hearing date on an appeal hasn’t been set, but a decision is expected within the next 18 months.
New Zealand: New Laws To Overcome Locking Up The Elderly Underway
New Zealand is planning a law to stop the locking up of old people. This week, the Human Rights Commission released the report titled “This is Not My Home”, a collection of papers by experts in the field that considered whether the current legal structure protects people who need residential care but have lost the ability to consent. Importantly, the issue is not whether people should be admitted into secure or other residential units. Sometimes it is the only safe option. The concern is that the legal frameworks for checking the appropriateness of the admission, and the ongoing need for secure care, are lacking.
UAE: Visitors Seeking Jobs In The UAE To Pay Security Deposit
The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship on Wednesday said that job seekers from certain countries coming to the UAE may need to pay a security deposit before they are issued visit and tourist visas. Dr Yousuf Al Sharif, legal adviser to the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, said the authority is considering putting in place “special or pre-conditions” for job seekers. “If pre-conditions are put in place, it will ensure that these visitors leave the country after the expiry of their visas,” said Dr Al Sharif. The tougher regulations will help the UAE authorities reduce the number of visit visa violators.
Canada: Sexual Assault: Federal Laws On Intoxication Sex Is Unconstitutional, Judge Declares
An Ontario Judge on Wednesday declared that people accused of sexual assault in Ontario are once again allowed to use excessive intoxication as a defense against criminal charges. The judge found out that a federal law preventing such an argument is unconstitutional. Superior Court Justice Nancy Spies’ ruling relates to a Supreme Court decision established in the early 90s that drew so much ire that Ottawa introduced a law to limit its perceived impact.
Serbia: Serbia Government Passes A Law On Daylight Saving Time
The Serbian government on Wednesday passed a law on Daylight Saving Time (DST). According to a statement from the press office of the Serbian Government, the law is necessary to regulate DST and define daylight saving. The law would establish a single measure for daylight saving for the whole of Serbia in accordance with EU regulations. The last law on daylight saving was adopted back in 2006 when Serbia and Montenegro were in a state union.
US: Gun-related Suicides: the United States Ranks High
A comprehensive global report, published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, looked at firearm-related fatalities from 1990-2016. University of Washington researchers found that more than 250,000 people were killed by guns in 2016, not including deaths from conflicts, terrorism or law enforcement activities. Six countries in the Americas – Brazil, the USA, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, and Guatemala – accounted for half those deaths. The USA ranked fourth in the world with 12,400 firearm-related homicides.
Wales: Anti-Grooming Law: 274 Cases Recorded In Wales
The Welsh Police on Wednesday confirmed that more than 270 crimes of sexual communication with a child were recorded last year. According to State media, an anti-grooming law was introduced in April 2017 following a campaign by some Activists. In the year that followed, 274 offenses were committed. Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat were the most commonly used platforms for grooming, with 120 offenses across the three. South Wales had the fourth highest figure recorded after the Greater Manchester, Avon & Somerset and Lancashire forces.