Marital rape: Government of India says it’s legal for a husband to rape his wife!

The government, in all their infinite wisdom, today deemed that marital rape cannot be made a crime in India. Minister of State for Home Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary said: ‘It is considered that the concept of marital rape, as understood internationally, cannot be suitably applied in the Indian context due to various factors, including level of education, illiteracy, poverty, myriad social customs and values, religious beliefs, mind-set of the society to treat the marriage as a sacrament.’ He was replying to a written question of DMK MP Kanimozhi in Rajya Sabha.

So basically what the GOI is telling us is f#ck a woman and her basic rights, the values that society holds dear, no matter how regressive, are far more important! ‘The Law Commission of India, while making its 172nd Report on Review of Rape Laws did not recommend criminalisation of marital rape by amending the exception to Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code and hence presently there is no proposal to bring any amendment to the IPC in this regard,’ the Minister said.

I’ve said it before and I will say it again but our legal system is a complete ass. How else do you explain the fact that it’s a crime for two consenting adults of the same sex to engage in coitus but a husband can do whatever he wants with his wife! Who needs Fifty Shades of Grey and the liberal west’s concept of BDSM when our Indian values could put Christian Grey to shame!

The Justice Verma Committee (which came into being after the horrid events of Dec 2012) recommended doing away with the marital rape clause. Their report read: ‘Under the Indian Penal Code sexual intercourse without consent is prohibited. However, an exception to the offence of rape exists in relation to un- consented sexual intercourse by a husband upon a wife. The Committee recommended that the exception to marital rape should be removed. Marriage should not be considered as an irrevocable consent to sexual acts.’ 

So why are things like that? Maybe it has something to do with other laws, which makes it illegal for a wife to say no to her husband for too long (Restitution of Conjugal Rights/Right to stay together – Hindu Marriage Act 1955). The actual legalese says: ‘If either the husband or the wife, without reasonable excuses, withdraws from the society of the other, the aggrieved party may approach the Court for restitution of conjugal rights.’ In simple layman terms, a woman can’t accuse her husband of rape, but the husband can legally take her to court for saying no to sex! So while marital rape is legal, a woman saying no too often is not!

Modified Date: April 29, 2015 9:20 PM
Source - india . com

सत्याग्रहियों के पैरों से खून निकला, घोघलगांव में 16वें दिन जारी रहा जल सत्याग्रह

सत्याग्रहियों के पैरों से खून निकला, घोघलगांव में 16वें दिन जारी रहा जल सत्याग्रह

खंडवा। जमीन के बदले जमीन और पुनर्वास के लिए ओंकारेश्वर बांध के पानी में जल सत्याग्रह करने वालों के पैरों से खून रिसने लगा है लेकिन इलाज के लिए तैयार नहीं है। कुछ लोग पानी में लगातार बैठ रहे हैं। इस कारण पैरों की त्वचा गलने लगी है। घाव हो गए हैं। मछलियां पैरों की त्वचा को नुकसान पहुंचा रही हैं। नर्मदा बचाओ आंदोलन के मुताबिक सत्याग्रह करने वालों का स्वास्थ बिगड़ रहा है। बुखारबदन दर्द की शिकायत है। रविवार को जल सत्याग्रह का 16वां दिन रहा। सत्याग्रहियों के पैरों की चमड़ी निकल गई है। खून रिस रहा है।

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नर्मदा बचाओ आंदोलन के कार्यकर्ता आलोक अग्रवाल ने सीएम शिवराज सिंह चौहान के बयान को गलत और दुर्भावनापूर्ण बताया है। शिवराज सिंह ने सत्याग्रह को विकास विरोधी बताया है। इसका जवाब देते हुए एनबीए ने कहा कि आंदोलन विकास विरोधी नहीं है। बल्कि परियोजना से विस्थापित लोगों को भिखारी होने से बचाया है।

बांधों से उजड़ने वाले लोगों के हक की लड़ाई नर्मदा बचाओ आंदोलन ने लड़ी है। पुनर्वास न करने का एक महत्वपूर्ण कारण बांध बना रही सरकारी कंपनी नर्मदा हाइड्रो इलेक्ट्रिक कंपनी को लाभ पहुंचाना है। कंपनी ने 4000 करोड़ रुपए का शुद्ध लाभ कमाया है
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PM Narendra Modi launched the MUDRA Bank today.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday launched MUDRA Bank which will provide credit of up to Rs 10 lakh to small entrepreneurs and act as a regulator for 'Micro-Finance Institutions' (MFIs).

Speaking at the launch of Rs 20,000-crore MUDRA Bank, Modi said Large business groups, which attract a lot of media attention, provide employment to only 1.25 crore people, adding that 5.75 crore small entrepreneurs, with an average loan size of Rs 17,000, employ 12 crore people.

The roles envisaged for MUDRA include laying down policy guidelines for micro enterprise financing business and registration of MFI entities as well as their accreditation and rating. There are about 5.77 crore small business units.

Talking about the Micro Units Development Refinance Agency (MUDRA) Bank, PM Modi said it is aimed at providing financial assistance to the "unfunded" small entrepreneurs who provide employment to a large number of people.

Generating employment and promoting self-employment is the priority of the government, the PM said, adding, "providing loans to small entrepreneurs will provide a big push to the GDP."

Small borrowers repay loans promptly, he said, stressing that "saving is a habit in India and there is a need to (give a) push to this traditional strength."

Exuding confidence over the success of the MUDRA Bank initiative, Modi said, "Write down my words. After one year, bankers will queue in front of MUDRA Bank and ask it to give 50 lakh clients."

Speaking at the same event, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said MUDRA Bank is aimed at "funding the unfunded".

The Finance Minister regretted that although 20 percent of the country's population in dependent on 5.7 crore micro and small entrepreneurs, they do not have access to institutional credit.

It will also lay down "responsible financing practices" to ward off over indebtedness and ensure proper client protection principles and methods of recovery, besides development of standardised set of covenants governing last mile lending to micro enterprises.

"Providing access to institutional finance to such micro/small business units/enterprises will not only help in improving the quality of life of these entrepreneurs but also turn them into strong instruments of GDP growth and employment generation," the Finance Ministry said in a statement.

In his Budget speech, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had proposed the Micro Units Development Refinance Agency (MUDRA) with a corpus of Rs 20,000 crore, and credit guarantee corpus of Rs 3,000 crore.

"The initial products and schemes under this umbrella have already been created and the interventions have been named 'Shishu', 'Kishor' and 'Tarun' to signify the stage of growth/development and funding needs of the beneficiary micro unit/entrepreneur," the Ministry said.

Shishu would cover loans up to Rs 50,000 while Kishor above Rs 50,000 and up to Rs 5 lakh. Tarun category will cover loans of above Rs 5 lakh and upto Rs 10 lakh.

MUDRA is to be set up through a statutory enactment. It would be responsible for developing and refinancing through a Pradhan Mantri MUDRA Yojana.

Since the enactment for MUDRA is likely to take some time, it is proposed to initiate the Bank as a unit of SIDBI to benefit from SIDBI's initiatives and expertise.

MUDRA would also partner with state/regional level coordinators to provide finance to "Last Mile Financiers" of small/micro business enterprises.

"Further, the approach goes beyond credit only approach and offers a credit - plus solution for these enterprises spread across the country," the Ministry said.
Among others, MUDRA would benefit small manufacturing units, shopkeepers, fruits and vegetable sellers, hair saloon, beauty parlours, truck operators, hawkers, artisans in rural and urban areas with financing requirements up to Rs 10 lakh.

The Finance Ministry said measures to be taken up by MUDRA are targeted towards mainstreaming young, educated or skilled workers and entrepreneurs including women entrepreneurs.

With PTI Inputs


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