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New Recommendations to Regulate Online Hate Speech Could Pose More Problems Than Solutions -Amber Sinha

e speech law that the use of law to curb offensive or hurtful speech has been done by religious groups, caste based groups, occupation based groups with strong caste associations, language groups and Gender based groups. The range of actions arising from such uses of the law include the banning of books, criminal proceedings for political satire, or even ‘liking’ political posts on social media. The relationship between speech acts and

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Six steps to job creation -Santosh Mehrotra

can’t find them, despite having gotten higher levels of education in the last 10 years. Secondary enrolment in the country rose from 58% to 85% in a matter of five years (2010-2015), with Gender parity. Skilling close to clusters (rather than standalone vocational training providers), which is where the jobs are, is likely to be more successful. The problem with skilling programmes has been low placement after skilling is complete. Th

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Supreme Court's under-18 ruling triggers fresh debate on teen sexuality -Swati Mathur

etween a man and his wife under 18 years of age would be rape has triggered a fresh debate on how the government and courts will deal with social realities like consensual sex between adolescents. Gender rights activists welcomed the judgment saying it may reduce instances of child marriages, but said the decision has come as a blow to individual's right to sexuality. "The court's judgment fails to recognise an individual's right to sexuali

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No means no

rooqui case obfuscates the basic principle of consent. The December 16, 2012, gangrape in New Delhi, and the widespread public agonising and legal reform that followed it, helped redefine ideas of Gender justice in progressive ways. Following the recommendations of the Justice Verma Committee, the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013, criminalised voyeurism and stalking. These changes in the law have been accompanied by a welcome expansion in the dis

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Judicial probe cry

s students are living and studying within the university premises and their safety has to be guaranteed by the head of the institution," the letter says. It cites BHU students' allegations of Gender discrimination at the hostels, such as "curfew timings" in the girls' hostels, where only vegetarian food is served while the boys' hostels serve non-vegetarian meals. It says the girls are, unlike the boys, forced to sign affidavits r

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Soli Sorabjee, Former Attorney General of India, interviewed by Anuradha Raman (The Hindu)

rily divorce a woman. Yes, you can profess and propagate any religion under Article 25, but this is subject to other provisions in the Constitution. Article 14 (equality) cannot be achieved by having Gender discrimination. But what I saw was a community upsurge against the women fighting against triple talaq. Why can’t the woman be given the right to give triple talaq to her husband? It won’t happen. The women who fought were seen as anti-

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Trade Unions Reject the Wage Code Bill 2017

the Code significantly weakens the Equal Remuneration Act, one of the four laws it seeks to replace. CITU states, “The Equal Remuneration Act has been completely diluted by restricting it to Gender discrimination only in respect of payment of wages, doing away with other types of discrimination related to recruitment, conditions of service such as promotion, vocational training, transfer etc.” Similarly, NTUI says, “The entire

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Nutrition, still a tough challenge for India

oods and suffer undernourishment Hyderabad: The nourishment of adolescents continues to be a challenge in India, says a study by the National Institute of Nutrition. The institute studied both the Genders’ eating pattern and it was found that there was a decline in millets and animal protein. NIN said many adolescents were going for status foods and suffer undernourishment. Dr B. Sesikeran, an ex-director of NIN, said, “Proteins fro

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Women cry for farm rights

ntry in the capital demanding a separate identity as "women farmers" with access to the same rights and entitlements as their male counterparts, besides land records classified according to Gender. A key issue pertains to the ownership of land as patriarchy continues to deny women such rights which, in turn, blocks their access to subsidies and other inputs provided by the government. According to the Agriculture Census of 2010-11, only 1

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After Triple Talaq, a Look At the Other Discriminatory Personal Laws That Need to Go -Shalaka Patil If the legislature is serious about introducing Gender parity in personal laws, it should not focus all its energies on one particular religion. In light of the Supreme Court’s recent decision to abolish instant triple talaq, a number of ostensible protectors of Muslim women in Indian politics came out in open support of the decision, lauding the cleansing of this oppressive religious practice. Of course, the government was t

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