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Thursday, March 18 2021


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Although WhatsApp and Instagram chats [have] not been specifically denied from the side of the prosecution. But despite the fact that accused and prosecutrix were having loving relationship—and they were being indulged in sexual explicit talks—that also [is] not going to make any difference at this stage in view of section 53-(a) of Indian Evidence Act which provides that evidence of character or previous sexual experiences not relevant in certain cases—including the offence under section 376. And this provision specifically shows that previous sexual experiences with any person shall not be relevant on the issue of such consent or quality of consent.

That’s the Delhi High Court dismissing the anticipatory bail plea of Mumbai-based journalist Varun Hiremath—making clear that just because a woman was in a relationship with a person—and had consensual sex with him in the past—it does not mean he did not or could not rape her.

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An unelected government in Delhi?

The TLDR: The union government is gearing up to introduce a new bill that will dramatically reduce any elected Delhi government’s ability to govern independently. It also points to the way in which a ‘union territory’ designation is used to tightly control pesky parties and parts of the country. Yes, it sounds a little boring but this bill will have huge ramifications for how the nation’s capital functions in the future.

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