The CJI bench highlighted the threat posed by ‘frenzied mobs across the country instigated by intolerance and misinformed by circulation of fake news and false stories’, while chastising aggravating phenomena such as ‘bystander apathy, numbness of the mute spectators of the scene of the crime, inertia of the law enforcing machinery to prevent such crimes … and grandstanding of the incident by the perpetrators of the crimes including in the social media’.
The President Secretariat has confirmed in response to an RTI application that there is no such correspondence, information and knowledge available with the President’s Secretariat with regard to the alleged harassment meted out to President of India, Ram Nath Kovind and his wife, on the part of servitors of Puri Jagannath Temple.
The High Court elaborated on the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Hadiya case which had upheld the liberty of the girl to choose a partner of her own choice as well as to move freely and make her own decisions.
The submissions by Jaising, drafted by Warisha and Shadan Farasat (and team) trace the history of lynching from the time when it was prevalent in the United States as a measure to impose segregation and subordination of African Americans to what’s happening now in India against mainly Muslims and Dalits.
The five-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court, presided over by Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra will begin hearing of batch of petitions challenging section 377 of IPC which criminalises and penalises what it terms an “unnatural offence”, insofar as provision adversely affect consensual relations between adults.