Cabinet approves bill that seeks to make ‘Triple Talaq’ a punishable offense

A bill that declares’ Triple Talaq as punishable offense has been approved by the Union Cabinet. According to the draft bill, triple talaq would be made illegal and void and would invite a jail term of 3 years for the husband. Earlier in August 2017, the Supreme court had declared the Islamic practice of triple talaq as unconstitutional 

Judges held that triple talaq was an evil and violated the woman’s right to equality. The government believes that triple talaq continues to be practiced despite the court’s order.  

The draft bill titled the ”Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage)” was drafted by an inter-ministerial group headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh. Among the others, who contributed to the bill were External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and his junior PP Chaudhary.  

The draft bill would only pertain to cases of instant triple talaq or ‘talaq-e-ibadat.’ It would empower the victim to approach a magistrate and seek ”subsistence allowance” for herself and her children. 

Sources: NDTV, The Times of India

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Crime Against Children and Cyber Crime on rise, while Riots decreased by 5 per cent: NCRB Statistics

With 13.6 per cent rise from 2015, crimes against children have mounted to 1,06,958 cases in 2016, according to the statistical report by National Crime Records Bureau. Released by Union Minister Rajnath Singh on November 30, 2017, Crimes in India 2016 Report points out that Juveniles in conflict with the law, cybercrime, crimes against women, and crimes against SC/STs have witnessed a rise in comparison to previous year, while Rioting is the only crime that has been decreased in 2016.

Under Crime against women, Uttar Pradesh has maintained top positions with the maximum number of cases in all crime heads including cruelty by husband, assault on women with intent to outrage modesty, rape and abduction. The national capital has been on a rise with the highest crime rate of 160.4 in comparison to a national average of 55.2. Under human trafficking, West Bengal has been the hub of the crime with 44 per cent of total cases recorded here.

It is the first time that NCRB has crime heads like Missing Persons and children, Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN), Seizures of Arms and Ammunitions, and cases recorded by Railway Police Force its report. Under seizures of arms by CPOs and CAPFs, a total of 1,06,900 ammunition and 56,516 arms have been seized.

Sources: NCRB Website

AIADMK Crisis: TN Governor meets Rajnath Singh

Amid an ongoing political crisis in Tamil Nadu the Governor C Vidyasagar Rao met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on September 19.

A day after the disqualification of 18 MLAs  owing allegiance to the rebel AIADMK(All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagamleader) TTV Dhinakaran, Rao met the Home Minister at his residence in New Delhi. According the TOI, the Governor informed the Home Minister about the current political development in Tamil Nadu, in the 20-minute meeting.

Rao arrived a day earlier in Delhi and met President Ram Nath Kovind and the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.  The opposition parties and the and the rebels of the AIADMK legislators have urged the Governor to convene the assembly for a floor test at the earliest. Rao is yet to take a decision on the Chief Minister K. Palaniswami  vote of confidence.

The disqualified MLAs accused Palaniswami of being corrupt and  said they had no confidence in him.

The Governor is scheduled to fly on the afternoon of September 19 to Chennai, where he will meet the CM to discuss his approach on summoning the assembly .

Center grants citizenship to Chakma-Hajong refugees

On Wednesday, India agreed to grant citizenship to approximately one lakh Chakma-Hajong refugees including Hindus and Buddhists that have been staying in Arunachal Pradesh for half a century, and who had fled from Bangladesh in the 1960’s fearing ethnic cleansing and religious persecution in the Chittagong Hill region of Bangladesh.

This decision was arrived upon in a meeting headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh and was presided over by the National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval, MoS Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, and Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu.

“The Chakmas have settled in Arunachal Pradesh since 1964. But the rights of the Scheduled Castes and indigenous tribes [in the state] will not be diluted.” An unidentified home ministry official said that though the Chakmas and Hajongs would be granted citizenship, they would not have any right to land ownership in the state as reported in Scroll.in

Earlier in 2015, the Supreme Court had requested the Centre to grant citizenship to the Chakma and Hajong refugees. However, several organizations and civil society groups in Arunachal Pradesh were starkly against the move. In their opinion, it would change the demographic dimensions of the state and affect the minority status of the tribal population.

Sources: The Wire, Economic Times

Displaced residents of LOC demand separate bunkers

People from border areas living in schools-turned-camps, who were uprooted from their homes after firing by Pakistan army have demanded individual bunkers as their residences.  Four months ago, more than 5,000 people living in 23 hamlets along the LOC or near the border area were forced to leave their houses in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district following heavy firing and shelling. According to Livemint, on Union Home minister, Rajnath Singh’s visit to the Nowshera sector of Rajouri district, the displaced people have asked him for individual bunkers.

Prashtom Kumar, a Jangarh resident, said,” Our first and foremost demand is that government should set up individual bunkers in each of the border house if we have to live again along the LoC. This is most and first demand of the LOC people.”

In the recent past, firing and shelling by Pakistani troops have killed four civilians and five others were injured.

MLA Ravinder Raina of Nowshera supported their demands and said, “ chunk of land should be provided to the LOC dwellers to build safe places.”

 

Sources – Livemint and Times of India

 

Rajnath Singh emphasizes on a peaceful solution to the Doklam conflict

Home Minister Rajnath Singh promised that “very soon”, there will be a peaceful solution to the Doklam conflict. He also said that India needs peace rather than any sort of confrontation.  

 
“I’m confident that China, on its part, will make a positive move and a resolution (to the dispute) will be found”, said Singh speaking at an event organized by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police. He emphasized the importance of positive relations with neighboring countries and added that “in life, one can change friends, but one can’t change neighbors”. 

 At the same time, he asserted that the” Indian soldiers cannot be cowed” and appreciated the spirit of Indian soldiers under extremely harsh conditions. “I went to Ladakh once and had never experienced such harsh cold in life. I was told ITBP jawans would meet me in the morning I thought they will be cold and tired but the spirit I saw in them… No one would dare raise eyes towards India. We have such brave soldiers. When I see these jawans, I feel that there is no power in the world which can attack India,” said Rajnath. 

Singh spoke in reference to the India China conflict which started on 16th June after Chinese troops violated the border and made their way into Doklam.

Sources: Times of India, NDTV

Kashmir rages as India watches

Shouts for azaadi and the fight for the ‘Kashmiri Cause’ have not died down even a year after the death of Burhan Wani, the Hizbul Mujahideen commander who was killed by security forces on July 8, 2016.

Kashmir raged and raged, with thousands of protestors attending his funeral and later clashing with the security forces. Civilians, mobs and police were all targets in the four months of violence that followed. The Modi Government first asked from security forces for ‘absolute restraint’ but then sent reinforcements to the Valley. As ministers began a blame game on Pakistan, Kashmir simmered under a series of curfews. Tensions between the ruling alliances of Bharatiya Janata Party and People’s Democratic Party ensured a confused direction towards a Kashmir policy. The Central Government’s policy of non-engagment with the people of Kashmir further stoked the fire.

The speed of handling law and order situation in Kashmir by both governments has been sluggish at best. Months before the day marking the death anniversary of Wani, the Jammu and Kashmir Government increased the number of security forces along the national highways and remote areas of the valley. A week before July 8, due to the announcement of the Hizbul leader Syed Salahuddin, to mark a week of protest for martyrs like Wani, the State Government declared a week long holiday for schools and colleges not wanting to risk any provocations. Separatist leaders were kept in preventive custody as a precautionary measure.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh held several high level meetings on July 6 with security as well as intelligence agencies and sent 214 companies of para military forces to Kashmir. The J&K Police ordered internet service providers to shut all services for security reasons. Social media websites, through which Wani gained popularity, were also blocked. On July 8, certain districts of Kashmir were under complete shutdown or under curfew-like situations and no large gatherings were allowed. In spite of restrictions, clashes still occurred between protestors and security forces in Wani’s hometown, Tral.

But between the collective actions of both governments and claims of Pakistani propaganda the inevitable has already happened. Burhan Wani has gained the status of a martyr in Kashmir and even after his death the separatist cause continues to burn. India should be very cautious in how it treats home grown insurgency henceforth.

Sources: Indian Express, Bangalore Mirror