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For rape victims, the compensation in most states is from Rs 0- Rs 50,000. But in Haryana, Karnataka, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and UTs it is Rs 1 lakh or above. Goa provides an exceptional amount of Rs 10 lakh for rape victims.   

 
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Every 20 minutes, a rape is reported to be committed somewhere in the country. What a testimonial for a nation claiming to be the world's largest vibrant democracy, besides a hoary, hallowed civilisation! We have female deities but we exploit women  
 
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MTP Act must be backed up with an appropriate social and regulatory environment

 
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There are four or five judgments where the triple talaq provision has been struck down as invalid. But it has not led to this un-Koranic practice being rooted out from our society. Triple talaq continues to be the most common method of divorce. We had done a sample study of 4,710 women and found that out of 525 women who were divorced, 349 were victims of triple talaq. While the courts have settled the matter, we have to look at the unjustness of the entire process. How can we accept that a man can simply utter the word talaq thrice or communicate it through phone with no witness deemed necessary and where the burden is on the wife to legally contest it? There is no law binding the man, he can just act on his whim. This is absolutely unfair and must be stopped.

 
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In a bizarre coincidence, at about the same time when a group of people was working for girl child empowerment through a ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ (BBBP) half-marathon in Noida, some unscrupulous elements were taking people for a ride across Uttar Pradesh in the name of this scheme.

In a bizarre coincidence, at about the same time when a group of people was working for girl child empowerment through a ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ (BBBP) half-marathon in Noida, some unscrupulous elements were taking people for a ride across Uttar Pradesh in the name of this scheme.

 
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There is fear and speculation about the contents of the pending transgender rights bill that may bring in a new kind of rigidity about who is transgender and who is not. 

 
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The threshold for intervention in domestic abuse is usually very high. Family, friends and neighbours — those closest to the victim — should be the first to pick up signs of abuse and intervene.   

 
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Irom Sharmila is living proof of the perversities of our society. She went on a hunger strike for 16 years, demanding the repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (Afspa).

 
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A legal fix for a social issue is a hard sell in pragmatic situations, as it proposes to regulate a strictly private affair of citizens.

 
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The Jat agitation for quotas is back on the streets of Haryana, with additional demands for withdrawal of charges against those booked for the protests last year. The young leader of the Patidar agitation, Hardik Patel, following his long jail term and exile, appears all set for a bigger and more fiery political role, with his plans to campaign for the Shiv Sena in the upcoming Mumbai civic polls, and the Shiv Sena promoting him as its future chief ministerial candidate in Gujarat. 

 


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In a significant boost to New Delhi's Act East Policy, India and Japan set up the Act East Forum on Tuesday as agreed during Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to India this year for the annual bilateral meeting that would help to focus and catalyse development in India's Northeast.
 
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Pakistan has agreed to allow the rupee to depreciate after holding talks with the International Mone­tary Fund (IMF) on the country's economy.

 
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