Thursday, May 26 2022

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Sex workers are entitled to equal protection of the law. Criminal law must apply equally in all cases, on the basis of ‘age’ and ‘consent’. When it is clear that the sex worker is an adult and is participating with consent, the police must refrain from interfering or taking any criminal action.

That’s what the Supreme Court said in a significant order that recognises sex work as a profession. The Court also said sex workers should not be “arrested or penalised or harassed or victimised” during a raid on a brothel, “since voluntary sex work is not illegal and only running the brothel is unlawful.”


Stuff to check out: On the latest episode of the splainer podcast ‘Press Decode’, the splainer team looks at the laws involved in the mandir-masjid controversy—and the way we use the word ‘like’. Be sure to head over to the IVM website, Spotify or Apple Podcasts to listen to it. 


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Big Story

Nineteen dead children: The epidemic of gun violence in America

The TLDR: In a story that has become exhaustingly familiar in the US, a teenage gunman killed 19 kids and two teachers in an elementary school. And yet it is highly unlikely the tragedy will lead to new gun control laws. We look at what happened in Texas, the spiralling problem of gun violence—and decode the American addiction to firearms.

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • Yasin Malik gets a life term
  • Boris Johnson: The ‘party animal’ report
  • Kapil Sibal quits Congress
  • A very big crypto fund
  • Ransomware attack on Spicejet
  • Mangos shrivel in heatwave
  • A big decline in traditional media
  • An “unburnable” edition of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’
  • Kim K’s new gig


Sanity Break

  • The trailer for ‘The Gray Man’ 


Reading Habit

  • A list of new releases
  • Quick fixes, aka a few varied recommendations


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