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10 legal rights that women should know

We live in a shady and messed up world, where life of a person is taken away by a loved one, where goddesses are worshipped while women (of any age) are maimed and harassed. The only way out to keep an eye on such horrific happenings is to make laws and rules stricter to keep a check on the horrendous crimes.
Having laws doesn't suffice when they are broken. Most people are unaware of their legal rights until they hire a legal firm for their problems. Merely a handful of them would say, 'Yes, we know' to this and most of them are not women. So, to help women know their rights and to help them fight back, here are 10 legal rights that they should know.
Right to free aid, Right to privacy , Right to privacy, Right to virtual complaints, Right to Zero FIR, Right to no arrest, Right to not being called to the police station, Right to confidentiality,Right towards crime and not a medical condition, Right to no sexual harassment.

Jat Quota Bill passed unanimously in Haryana, legal battle ahead

It was only weeks back that the Jats in Haryana literally bought the whole of Northern India to a standstill. With friends and family all stuck on highways and roads, the Jat community really pushed for the cause and it looks like they finally got what they wanted. The Jat Quota Bill was tabled in the Haryana Assembly by Chief Minister, Manohar Lal Khattar. Surprisingly, the Bill was passed unanimously within just 10 minutes of the CM introducing it in the Assembly.

Titled as the Haryana Backward Classes (Reservation in Services and Admission in Educational Insitutions) Bill, 2016, the Jats and five other castes shall now be covered under the Backward Classes and will be eligible for reservation in government jobs and educational institutions in the state. The bill provides for increase in percentage of reservation in Schedule I, II and III for Class I and II posts for BC 'A', BC 'B' and BC 'C' from 10 percent, five percent and five percent to 11 percent, six percent and six percent respectively. It was also decided to increase the existing reservation of five percent for Economically Backward Persons in General Caste Category in Class I and II posts from five percent to seven percent.

Even though the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) was present in the Vidhan Sabha, the whole of the Congress minister brigade decided to remain silent on the matter. INLD MLA Abhay Chautala who is also the Leader of the Opposition also remained to remain quiet. This was not surprising as the Minister is also belonging to the Jat community. The Congress Ministers have boycotted the proceedings in the Assembly since day one when three of their members were suspended for six months after they tore up copies of Governor’s address.

The Assembly proceedings were already predicted well in advance as the Jat community had threatened to relaunch the agitations if the Assembly had not managed to pass the Bill before the last day of the Session on March 31.

Khattar, who claimed that the bill passage was a "historic day" for Haryana, said his government fulfilled the promise made to Jat and other communities for reservation in government jobs and educational institutions."The bill was brought after a lot of research. Every category will gain from this bill. It will be a win-win situation for all. There will be no loss to anyone (community)," Khattar told media after the bill was passed.

The views from those holding political post vary greatly, with some leaders condemning the Bill as others proclaim the Bill as a “promise deliverance”. BJP MP from Kurukshetra Rajkumar Saini, who has been opposing reservation for Jats, said it was a "murder of democracy".

Calling names can be grounds for divorce : Delhi High Court

The Delhi High Court has put aside and dismissed a woman's plea challenging a special court order on passing a divorce decree in favor of her husband, who had alleged that she had both physically and mentally abused him and called him names.

Justice Vipin Sanghi in his uling noted the following : "The other incidents established on record by the respondent/husband, by themselves, constitute sufficient evidence of the respondent being subjected to cruelty by the appellant. The calling of names and hurling of abuses such as 'Hathi', 'Mota Hathi' and 'Mota Elephant' by the appellant in respect of her husband - even if he was overweight, is bound to strike at his self respect and self esteem,"

The case is not a recent one and has been doing the rounds of the court for the past one decade. The court has been giving rulings in the favor of both the parties and has finally given the case to the husband. According to the evidences and the statements given out by the husband, he was unable to reduce weight even after being on various diets. The fact that he was obese was put against him when the wife started to call him names like “mota hathi” and ”hathi”. Unable to take the trauma projected towards him, he decided to take the matter to court and file for divorce. According to the reports filed and the evidences, the wife also had a sour relationship with her in-laws and this also had a part in her being cruel towards the husband. Often the wife used to mock the husband with respect to his weight and also his inability to satisfy her sexual needs. The situation also went out of hand when the wife threatened to put herself on fire and then blame the husband and his family and put them in a dowry case.

The wife had pleaded not guilty and had, in an earlier statement through her lawyer. The woman had contended the family court relied on “vague and non-specific” allegations while granting the divorce. She said that the events described by the husband were incorrect as he could not mention the exact dates , time or location of the happenings of the events. The Court in its reply stated that since the matter related to such grave acts of harassment and has in any case destroyed the self esteem of the husband, it is not necessary for him to take note of these details. “When two parties are in a marital relationship, neither is expected to maintain a logbook and note down therein each and every instance of matrimonial offence committed by the other,” justice Sanghi said.

“Such events are clearly destructive of the matrimonial bond and would naturally give rise to a bonafide and genuine belief and apprehension in the mind of the respondent (husband) that it is not safe for him to peacefully and mentally continue the relationship…” the HC stated.