The Supreme Court on Wednesday said gay sex will remain a criminal offence, dealing a severe blow to the largely-closeted homosexual community in the world's largest democracy. The court's order means gay sex between consenting adults stays a criminal offence under Section 377, a 19th century law banning sex "against the order of nature".
Leads in Delhi on Sunday showed Arvind Kejriwal ahead in the constituency of New Delhi, where he is in a direct contest with Sheila Dikshit, whose bid for a fourth attempt at chief minister has been firmly rejected by voters.
Retired Supreme Court judge AK Ganguly is accused of sexually harassing an intern at a five-star hotel in Delhi last December, a charge substantiated by a top court panel which concluded yesterday that he indulged in "unwelcome verbal/non-verbal conduct of sexual nature."
Union minister Farooq Abdullah has landed in a controversy after he stated today that he is afraid of talking to women for fear of ending up in jail. "These days, I am afraid of talking to women. In fact I don't even want to keep a woman secretary, god forbid, if there's a complaint against me and I end up in jail. Such is the state of affairs today. I agree that incidents of rape have increased...but this has to stop somewhere," he said. The minister later claimed his remarks had been misconstrued and that he has "the greatest respect for women."
Nelson Mandela, South African anti-apartheid hero, died peacefully at home at the age of 95 on Thursday after months fighting a lung infection, leaving his nation and the world in mourning for a man revered as a moral giant. Here are some reactions:
Justice AK Ganguly, who is being investigated for alleged sexual harassment of a law intern, saying that he is "undecided" on whether to resign as chairman of the West Bengal Human Rights Commission has stirred a debate.
Narendra Modi's suggestion that the benefits of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir be debated has caused a political storm.
Tehelka Managing Editor Shoma Chaudhury has resigned amid unabated criticism for the way she handled a young journalist's complaint that the magazine's founder Tarun Tejpal had molested her at an event in Goa earlier this month. In a letter sent at 6 am today to colleagues, Ms Chaudhury said she did not want her integrity questioned.
Mr Tejpal, 50, has been accused of sexually assaulting a younger colleague at a Goa hotel where the magazine had organised an event earlier this month. In his petition to the Delhi high court for anticipatory bail, Mr Tejpal alleged that the investigation against him is the result of "the wrath of the BJP" which is avenging earlier Tehelka exposes on some of its top leaders.
In the murder trial of 13-year-old Aarushi Talwar and domestic help Hemraj, a case that has gripped the nation for over five years, the quantum of sentence was delivered today. On Monday the CBI court had delivered a guilty verdict to the parents, Rajesh and Nupur Talwar for murdering their daughter and Hemraj.
Nupur and Rajesh Talwar were found guilty today of murdering their teen daughter Aarushi and their domestic help Hemraj at their home in May 2008. The couple, both dentists, have been taken to a jail in Ghaziabad; they are expected to be sentenced tomorrow.
Tarun Tejpal, Editor-in-Chief of Tehelka, has stepped down for six months after being accused of sexual assault by a woman journalist who works with the weekly magazine.
CBI Director Ranjit Sinha has landed himself in a massive controversy by comparing the legalizing of betting in sports to 'enjoying rape'. India's top investigator was at a panel discussion in Delhi on Tuesday evening, trying to argue that betting should be legalised, when he drew the bizarre analogy, "If you can't prevent rape, enjoy it."
The Gauhati High Court order says that the Central Bureau of Investigation or CBI is 'unconstitutional' and does not have powers to investigate crimes.
India launched its first mission to Mars this afternoon from the Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh, beginning a 300-day journey to study the Martian atmosphere.