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Friday, March 25 2022


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A man is a man; an act is an act; rape is a rape, be it performed by a man, the ‘husband’, on the woman, ‘wife’... The institution of marriage does not confer, cannot confer and in my considered view, should not be construed to confer any special male privilege or a licence for unleashing of a brutal beast.

That’s Karnataka High Court Justice M Nagaprasanna delivering a stirring order on marital rape. Refusing to strike down charges filed by a woman against her spouse, the court said that a “marital or other relationship between the perpetrator or victim is not a valid defence against the crimes of rape or sexual violation.” While the order has been widely praised, legal experts say it is “unsustainable” and unlikely to set a precedent.

 

Stuff to check out: On the latest episode of the splainer podcast ‘Press Decode’, the splainer team looks at politics at the movies—be it Vivek Agnihotri’s ‘Kashmir Files’ or Disney’s aversion to same-sex kisses. Be sure to head over to the IVM website, Spotify or Apple Podcasts to listen to it.


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Big Story

The rise and fall of Imran Khan

The TLDR: The Pakistani prime minister faces a no-confidence motion in Parliament today—which he is most likely to lose. But the justification offered by the Opposition—economic mismanagement—has little to do with the ignominious end of his tenure. The real reason: The Pakistan military is tired of their Khan experiment and is looking for a way to dump him.


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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • The Russian invasion: The latest update
  • Beijing pays a surprise visit
  • Dhoni cedes his CSK captaincy
  • Pfizer recalls blood pressure medication
  • Jamaica embarasses the royals
  • UN plans early disaster warning systems
  • Delhi's plans for "world-class level" city forests
  • Microplastics in human blood
  • Chancellor Rishi Sunak's awkward moment
  • Sotheby’s “precursor” to NFTs

 

Sanity Break

  • Asif Hoque's surreal and dazzling works of art

 

Weekend Advisory

  • Good stuff to watch this weekend
  • A list of good reads

 

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