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Unfortunately, no Domestic Violence Act for husband to proceed against wife: HC

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There is no law like the Domestic Violence Act which allows a husband to proceed against a wife in cases relating to marital disputes, the Madras high court has said.

Justice S Vaidyanathan made this observation while hearing a case on a plea moved by a government veterinarian, Dr P Sasikumar, against the criminal proceedings initiated against him by his wife.

Sasikumar had sought reinstatement in his job from which he was suspended based on a domestic violence complaint filed by his wife four days prior to the grant of divorce by a family court. The court observed that it appeared as though the respondent (wife) was unnecessarily harassing the petitioner anticipating a divorce order.

In its order dated March 21, which was made available on Tuesday, the court quashed the suspension and ordered that the petitioner be reinstated in service.

“Unfortunately, there is no provision like the Domestic Violence Act, to proceed against the wife by the husband,” the court said in its orders.

Besides this, the court observed that it is important that such couples leave their ‘ego’ and ‘intolerance’ like footwear outside the house to ensure a child does not lead a miserable life.

“The present generation must understand that marriage is not a contract, but a sacramental one. Of course, the word ‘sacrament’ has no meaning after coming into effect of the Domestic Violence Act, 2005, that, approves live-in-relationship,” the court said.

In this case, the petitioner in 2015 had moved a divorce petition contending cruelty and voluntary desertion by his wife, which was accepted by a family court.

The court added that whether the petitioner is guilty or not of the allegations made against him by the wife in her complaint would have to be decided by the appropriate forum.

 

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India reports lowest one-day rise in COVID-19 cases after 71 days

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India on Sunday (June 13, 2021) reported its lowest one-day rise in the COVID-19 cases after 71 days. The country recorded 80,834 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, the figures by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare showed.

India’s active caseload has now declined to 10,26,159, while the weekly positivity rate has dropped to 4.74% and the daily positivity rate stands at 4.25%.

There were also 3,303 coronavirus-related deaths between Saturday and Sunday morning.

So far, there have been 2.94 crore cases and 3.70 lakh fatalities across the country.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare also informed that 1,32,062 patients recovered in the last 24 hours. India now has registered 2.80 crore recoveries and the recovery rate has improved to 95.26%.

Meanwhile, more than 25.31 crore coronavirus vaccine doses have been administered across the country.

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Several BJP leaders resign from party in Union Territory

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After Lakshadweep filmmaker Aisha Sultana was named in a case of sedition and hate speech for her comments criticising Administrator Praful Khoda Patel’s Covid handling, 15 leaders and party workers of the BJP have submitted their resignations to mark their protest. The FIR was filed on the complaint of the BJP’s chief in the union territory.

In a letter signed by 12 leaders and workers to C Abdul Khader Haji, the party’s Lakshadweep chief, they said: “The BJP in Lakshadweep is fully aware of how the present Administrator Patel’s actions are anti-people, anti-democracy and causing extreme suffering among people.”

They reminded Mr Haji of having met Union Home Minister Amit Shah over the issue and “submitting a complaint”. “You also know that several BJP leaders of Lakshadweep have already spoken on the various wrongdoings of the administrator and the district collector,” the letter read.

Backing Aisha Sultana, the leaders further said: “It’s just in the same manner, that Chetlat resident Aisha Sultana also shared her opinion in the media. Based on your complaint to the police, there has been a case registered against Aisha Sultana who, during a discussion, talked about from not having any Covid cases to rampant cases with the arrival of the present Administrator in Lakshadweep and his unscientific, irresponsible decisions.”

“You have filed a false and unjustified complaint against Chetlath sister, and ruining her family and her future. We convey our strong objection and submit our primary membership from BJP,” they said. The letter has been signed by BJP state secretary Abdul Hameed Mullipuzha among others.

Aisha Sultana had, during a news debate on a regional channel, blamed Covid cases in the island on Praful Patel’s decisions and remarked that the Centre had used “bio-weapon” against Lakshadweep. The Administrator has been accused by protesters including Lakshadweep Parliamentarian Mohammed Faizal in the past of doing away with quarantine protocols that were a must for people to enter Lakshadweep.

 

“Lakshadweep had zero cases of COVID-19. Now it is reporting a daily spike of 100 cases. What the Centre has deployed is a bioweapon. I can say this clearly that the central government has deployed bioweapon,” she had said on a Malayalam TV debate earlier this week.

The comment had BJP workers protesting on the streets; C Abdul Khader Haji, the BJP’s Lakshadweep chief, complained to the police accusing her of “anti-national” comments “tarnishing the patriotic image of the central government”.

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Fire breaks out at showroom

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A fire broke out at a showroom in south Delhi’s Lajpat Nagar Central Market area on Saturday morning, Delhi Fire Service officials said.

According to the fire department, a call about the blaze was received around 10.20 am, following which 16 fire tenders were rushed to the spot.

Fire-fighting operations are underway and the cause of the fire is not known yet, they said.

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Covid-19 Stats

13 Jun 2021, 7:57 AM (GMT)

Coronavirus Stats

29,439,989 Total Cases
370,407 Death Cases
28,043,446 Recovered Cases

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