1. SC TO REVISIT ADULTERY LAW
- The court issued a notice to the Centre on a public interest litigation challenging the constitutionality of the IPC provision dealing with adultery, saying it appeared to be “archaic” and did not appear to be gender-neutral.
- The petition to court said that Section 497 IPC was unconstitutional as it discriminates against men and violates Article 14, 15 and 21. It said “When the sexual intercourse takes place with the consent of both the parties, there is no good reason for excluding one party from the liability,”
The court will examine two aspects of the penal provision,
1) Why does Section 497 treat the man as the adulterer and the married woman as a victim?
2) The offence of adultery ceases the moment it is established that the husband connived or consented to the adulterous act. So, is a married woman the “property” of her husband, a passive object without a mind of her own?
2. PREPARE DETAILED PLAN FOR TAJ MAHAL CONSERVATION, SC TELLS U.P.
Noting that temporary steps conceived in haste to conserve the Taj Mahal will only be counter-productive; the Supreme Court directed the Uttar Pradesh government to prepare a comprehensive plan which will secure the world heritage site for the next century or more. The court asked the State government to consult historians, experts in planning and architecture and cultural studies and members of civil society. The court also said that the State should submit a vision document to preserve the Zone, spread over six districts of U.P. and Bhagalpur in Rajasthan.
3. TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY LAUNCHES NATIONWIDE PROTEST MOVEMENT
In response to the Centre’s proposed move to reintroduce its original transgender Bill in the coming session of Parliament, people from the transgender and intersex community have launched a nationwide protest. BACKGROUND: Refer November 30 Current Affairs