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INDIA – NIA Amendment Bill To Strengthen Anti-Terror Agency Passed By Lok Sabha; Here’s Everything You Need To Know

In an effort to give the National Investigation Agency (NIA) more power, Lok Sabha enacted a law on Monday (15 July 2019) to allow India’s anti-terrorism agency to investigate terrorism cases targeting both Indians and Indians overseas. The Act offers for the investigation and prosecution of crimes mentioned in a schedule by a national-level agency (scheduled offences). It also promotes the establishment of special courts for scheduled criminal trials. The amendments, which will enable the NIA to investigate cybercrimes and human trafficking cases, have been enacted with 278 representatives voting for it and six against it. This was essential for the zero-tolerance policy against terrorism of the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

 

INDIA – Our Society Must Reach A Certain Maturity Level In Order To Make Laws More Gender Neutral: Mridula Bhatkar

Are specific laws lopsided in India and are they going out in favour of females? Mridula Bhatkar, who lately retired as a high court judge in Bombay, talks to Sugandha Indulkar on this issue. India’s laws are not gender-based. Our legislature has made significant laws available to us. India’s Constitution guaranteed security, according to Article 15(3). This article authorizes the state to create unique arrangements for females and kids. I’d rather say a ‘gender friendly ‘ law is also going to be ‘ gender neutral’. Certain laws must be pro-women. Section 498A of the Indian Penal Code, for example, and the Domestic Violence Protection of Women Act. To make regulations more gender-neutral, our society requires to achieve that level of maturity. Until then, given the patriarchal culture we reside in and the widespread violence against females, particularly in India due to dowry practice, some national violence regulations tend to protect vulnerable females.

 

INDIA – Govt. Proposes A Bill Prohibiting Commercialization Of Surrogacy In Lok Sabha

The Government introduced the 2019 Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill in the Lok Sabha on Monday (15 July 2019), which also provides for the setting up of surrogacy boards at national and state level, as well as for the intended couples not to abandon such a child under any conditions. Commercial surrogacy will quickly be prohibited, and for “ethical altruistic” reasons only close relatives will be allowed to act as surrogates to infertile couples. Only Indian couples who have been legally married for at least five years would be permitted to opt for surrogacy, as stated in Bill’s Statement of Objects and Reasons, implemented by Minister Harsh Vardhan of Health and Family Welfare. The bill aims to “enable ethical altruistic surrogacy for woman and male intentional infertile Indian married couples between 23-50 years and 26-55 years of age, respectively.”

 

USA – Attorney General: 3 Kansas cases falling docket at the U.S. Supreme Court

General Attorney Derek Schmidt informs the U.S. The fall docket of the Supreme Court involves three instances of Kansas. Schmidt announced on Monday (July 15, 2019) that the government has three cases before the court at one moment for the first time in contemporary Kansas history. In all three times, the office of Schmidt will represent the state. In both cases, the Kansas Supreme Court reversed convictions and the government appeals.

 

INDIA – Indian Muslims Prepared To Give Up Claims On The Mosque Of Babri

A breakthrough is believed to be on the horizon after Muslims have begun to engage with a committee appointed by the Indian Supreme Court, hearing a clutch of requests from Hindus and Muslims claiming rights over the tiny piece of land where the mosque once stood. Hindus think that their deity Ram was born on the very place the mosque stood and that a Mughal general destroyed a temple that celebrated his birth. The mediation panel of the Supreme Court, which comprises Justice FM Ibrahim Kalifulla, spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and senior advocate Sriram Panchu, was established in March and has since met with litigants, hundreds of religious figures, including 300 imams, and representatives of civil society. The panel was instructed by July 18 to present its report. The Supreme Court prevented Indian media from reporting deliberations given the sensitivity of the situation.

 

DUBAI – New Family Sponsorship Policy For Expatriates In The UAE Comes Into Effect

Any UAE resident, male or female, could sponsor family members (spouse, under-18, sons and unmarried daughters) provided that, according to the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (FAIC), he/she earns a monthly wage of Dh4,000 or at least Dh3,000 plus accommodation provided by the company. In response to the development, Gulf Law director, Barney Almazar said “The new regulations for sponsoring an expatriate’s family members ease the requirements without compromising the state’s interests.”

 

INDIA – Modi Government Will Never Abuse The Law Of NIA: Home Minister

Refuting the opposition’s allegations of the NIA law’s “misuse,” Home Minister Amit Shah claimed on Monday that Modi’s government will never abuse it to target anyone but will guarantee that terrorism is terminated regardless of the accused’s religion. In an interference during a debate on the 2019 National Investigation Agency (Amendment) Bill in Lok Sabha, Shah also targeted the Congress-led UPA government for abolishing the POTA anti-terrorism act, stating that it was not done because of its supposed misuse but to “save its voting bank.” He said terror attacks experienced an upsurge following the repeal of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) that compelled the same UPA government to form the NIA after the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

 

INDIA – In Six Months, Only Two Cases of Child Sexual Abuse Were Settled: SC Dissatisfied

On Monday (July 15, 2019), the Supreme Court (SC) voiced disappointment at the slow speed of disposal in the domestic capital of cases of sexual offences against children and proposed that children’s courts be kept away from periodic court complexes. “Look at Delhi’s disposal rate — just two cases this year between January and June. This is the state of affairs despite state-of-the-art amenities in the domestic capital,” India’s chief justice Ranjan Gogoi noted. Justice Deepak Gupta, heard a petition raising the problem of child rape cases throughout the nation. The court took suo motu knowledge of the issue and assigned Senior Advocate V Giri as amicus curiae to propose methods to guarantee quicker resolution.

 

CANADA – Law Society Raises Serious Concerns About Human Rights Violations Against Legal Profession Members Across The Globe

Lawyers should be able to practice their lawful responsibilities without fear for their life, freedom or safety. The Ontario Law Society urges all governments to comply with global human rights legislation, including the Role of Lawyers Basic Principles of the United Nations. The Human Rights Monitoring Group of the Law Society released public statements concerning the following lawyers: monitoring and restrictions on Jiang Tianyong’s liberty of movement in China, conviction and sentencing of Nasrin Sotoudeh in Iran, murder of Rex Jasper Lopoz in the Philippines, accusation of Amir Salar Davoudi in Iran and murder of Promise Frank Igwe in Nigeria.

 

INDIA – PIL Brought Before The Supreme Court Challenging The Legislation That Criminalizes Abortion

Reproduction and abortion was a fundamental right and a matter of choice for all females, Public Interest Litigation (PIL) brought to the Supreme Court, challenging current legislation that criminalizes abortion. Under Article 32, the petition submitted categorizes the problem as a fundamental right to secure abortion, right to health, choice of reproduction, and freedom to women’s privacy.  After the initial hearing, the Center received notification from a Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi. The PIL seeks to liberalize some regulations regarding termination of pregnancy as a health measure when it poses a danger to women’s mental or physical health, pregnancy due to sexual crime, and when there is a significant danger to the baby from deformities and illnesses. The PIL has encouraged the court to issue instructions to the Center to take measures to provide all females, particularly those from socially and economically backward segments, with access to secure abortion.

 

INDIA – Babri Masjid Case: SC Wants A Response From The Government To Extend The Tenure Of The Special Judge To The End Of The Trial

On Monday (July 15, 2019), the Supreme Court (SC) requested the Uttar Pradesh government to propose how to retain the Special CBI Judge hearing the Babri Masjid demolition case in Lucknow due for retirement in September of this year until the trial is over. A bench led by Justice R F Nariman informed senior lawyer Aishwarya Bhati that the state appeared to learn about the laws and regulations to be followed while giving an extension to a retired court judge. The court added that it would pass instructions according to Article 142 if needed to guarantee that it would remain in service for the entire period. Article 142 deals with the superior court’s inherent powers.

 

AUSTRALIA – Lawyer at India Is Hoping For A Deal In Australia

Hit-run driver lawyers Puneet Puneet tell Victoria’s attorney general that he will return from India to Australia if prosecutors ensure that a maximum sentence of two years will be “negotiated.” While stating that they had received no formal reply from either Victoria’s Acting Attorney-General Gavin Jennings or the Canberra government, lawyer Kanhaiya Kumar Singhal said that they knew that their offer was the topic of conferences. On August 13, Puneet will face court again in Delhi.

 

INDIA – Notification of appeal from the Supreme Court to Centre, Assam Challenging Provisions Of Foreigners Amendment Order, 2019

The notice on the requests lodged by All Assam Minorities Students Union and Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind was issued by a bench of Indian Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Deepak Gupta. On Monday (July 15, 2019), the Supreme Court released a notice to the government of the Center and Assam on requests challenging several provisions in the Amendment Order of Foreigners (Tribunals), 2019. The petitioners asserted that the order violates the fundamental rights of those left out of the National Citizens Register (NRC) draft and is likely to be left out of the final NRC. The petitioners referred to Paragraph 3A newly inserted under Clause (1) whereby an individual may appeal only after producing a licensed copy of the refusal order obtained from NRC officials together with the basis of the appeal.

 

INDIA – Delhi High Court Rap The Northern Body Over Ashram Failure To Act Owned By Godman Accused Of Rape.

On Monday (July 15, 2019), the Delhi High Court pulled the North Corporation over its failure to take action, such as the demolition of the Adhyatmik Vishwa Vidyalaya, owned by self-styled godman Virendra Dev Dixit, on allegations that girls and women were illegally confined and raped. Since December 2017, Dixit, who is charged in two rape cases, has been on the run. Calling an illegal building of the ashram in Rohini, a panel of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar noted when watching videos and pictures: “We can see the pathetic situation in which the girls are staying.” After the North body counsel informed that the appeal tribunal MCD is seized of the issue and remained in action to tear down the ashram, the bench directed the corporation to move to the property for vacation and asked a tribunal to dispose of the issue within eight weeks.

 

USA – Legal Specialists Claim That New Federal Law Is On Shaky Ground To Block Most Demands For Asylum

It is not a matter of whether, but when, a federal court will strike down the recent attempt by the Trump administration to rewrite laws regulating who can be granted asylum in the United States, said Monday immigration and legal specialists. The United States on Monday (July 15, 2019) Homeland Security Department and Justice Department announced an interim rule efficiently denying asylum to migrants who do not apply for protection in a third nation first before applying for asylum at the southern border. The law is planned to take impact on Tuesday (July 16, 2019); the U.S. Civil Liberties Union announced rapidly that it would challenge the rule in court.

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