One of India’s most popular tiger reserves, Jim Corbett National Park, in Uttarakhand is the focus of a Supreme Court decree which has blamed the state’s former forest minister for multiple irregularities.
A 16-year-old Muslim girl has become the focus of a petition in the Supreme Court where Muslim Personal Law clashes with the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, which prescribes 18 years as the age for sexual consent. There are some precedents, but this case is an important landmark.
The Election Commission of India says it has developed a prototype for a Multi-Constituency Remote Electronic Voting Machine which would enable remote voting by migrant voters. The move is long overdue.
In recent times, forest staff are increasingly facing hostile elements, poachers and lawbreakers, who are committing forest offences with impunity. Officers and staff are being brutally assaulted while performing their duties. The Supreme Court has now stepped in.
The Madhya Pradesh High Court, in an interim order granting relief to interfaith couples entering into wedlock, has held as “unconstitutional” a provision in the Madhya Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act that requires an individual to give a declaration to the district magistrate before undertaking religious conversion.
The Telangana government is the latest state to withdraw general consent given to the Central Bureau of Investigation to allow the agency to probe cases. This follows a pattern in several non-BJP ruled states.