The story so far: After the rape and murder of a veterinarian in Hyderabad on November 28 and the burning of a rape survivor in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh, on December 5, there has been an outcry for justice for the victims. Within and outside Parliament there has been a clamour to make the criminal justice system tougher on an offender committing sexual crimes against women and children.What has been the system in place?‘Rape’ as a clearly defined offence was first introduced in the Indian Penal Code in 1860. Prior to this, there were often diverse and conflicting laws prevailing across India. The codification of Indian laws began with the enactment of the Charter Act, 1833 by the British Parliament which led to the establishment of the first Law Commission under the chairmanship of Lord Macaulay.The Law Commissioners decided to put the criminal law of the land in two separate codes. The first to be placed on the statute book was the Indian Penal Code formulating the substantive … [Read more...] about What are the laws on rape and sexual crimes?
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According to the FBI’s most recent 2018 crime statistics released this past September, violent crime of almost every category decreased from 2017 to 2018. The 3.3 percent drop continues the general decline of violent crime in the U.S since the early 1990s, but this trend also means that our law enforcement officials need to become increasingly proactive in their efforts to prevent increasingly publicized, tragic incidents of mass murder in sacred places like schools and houses of worship.Predictably, the response of many celebrities, activists, and politicians to these horrific incidents has been an effort to push radical ideas like firearm confiscations from law abiding citizens into the mainstream. By contrast, the Trump administration has now launched Project Guardian through the U.S Justice Department, comprised of thoughtful and effective measures that will properly empower law enforcement at the federal, state, and local level without … [Read more...] about ‘Project Guardian’ is the effective gun law change we need
“A family unit is like a world with its own culture and rules,” says Melbourne psychologist Dr Mandy Deeks. “At Christmas, these cultures are literally clashing. There could be differing views on everything from giving presents and time spent together, to the role that each family member plays.” Women are often at odds with their mother-in-laws.Source:istock Dr Deeks — who along with psychologist Marilyn Cobain runs workshops on improving the mother/daughter-in-law relationship — explains that communicating your values and understanding the other person’s is key. “If you start off a conversation by sharing your values about Christmas, then it will help the other person to better understand where you’re coming from,” says Dr Deeks. Here’s some advice on how to navigate the five most common causes of festive fallouts... CONFLICT #1 WHO GETS TO HOST “For many mothers-in-law, letting go of the hosting duty … [Read more...] about How to survive your in-laws this Christmas season
If you believe the several law professors who testified before the House Judiciary Committee, it is a “high crime or misdemeanor” for a president to call for an investigation of a political rival. Harvard professor Noah Feldman declared: “The abuse of power occurs when the president uses his office for personal advantage or gain.”This argument is too rich. Every time the president acts it is in part for their personal gain. If serving one’s own purposes were impeachable, politicians would be out of business. If it was forbidden to investigate other politicians, it would open up massive loopholes. After all, the Obama Administration investigated then-candidate Trump. The key question, which is being ignored in the impeachment proceedings, is how do we sort between decisions that are purely selfish and those that are not?One approach can be found in the law’s treatment of another type of chief executive — the corporate CEO. Any corporate decision … [Read more...] about What corporate law can teach us about impeachment
Email 7.30 By Adam Harvey Updated August 11, 2014 20:35:53 Photo: Adrian and Kylie Raftery have relocated to Melbourne to give themselves the option of surrogacy in the future. (ABC) Map: Australia Parents who have had children through surrogates in Australia say the thriving overseas surrogacy market is being fuelled by messy Australian laws.Their comments come in the wake of the baby Gammy scandal, where an Australian couple abandoned their disabled surrogate child in Bangkok.Australian laws vary wildly, with some states banning gay couples and single women from having a surrogate child, while others criminalise anyone who pays an overseas surrogate.One couple, Adrian and Kylie Raftery, have moved from Sydney's Blue Mountains to Melbourne because they are worried about possible prosecution if they have an overseas surrogacy."It's a huge move from New South Wales to Victoria," Mr Raftery told 7.30."Just the simple thing of the family network, you can't rely on mum and … [Read more...] about Thriving overseas surrogacy market fuelled by messy Australian laws, parents say