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QWrap: SC Decriminalises Adultery; Tanushree Speaks Out on Patekar

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1. Husband Not the Master: SC Decriminalises Adultery

The Supreme Court on Thursday, 27 September, pronounced its judgment on a plea challenging the constitutional validity of Section 497, pertaining to the penal law on adultery, declaring it unconstitutional. The apex court said it’s time to say the husband is not the master, Live Law reported.

“Section 497 IPC, which deals with adultery, is absolutely manifestly arbitrary,” said Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra while reading the verdict.

The court also said adultery can be a ground for divorce but cannot be declared a criminal offence as there are multiple parties involved in it. The CJI added that mere adultery can’t be a crime, unless it attracts the scope of Section 306 (abetment to suicide) of the IPC.

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2. Ayodhya Land Dispute Case to be Heard by 3-Judge Bench on 29 Oct

The civil suit on the Ayodhya land dispute will now be heard by a newly constituted three-judge bench of the Supreme Court on 29 October, the apex court said on Thursday, 27 September.

The SC on Thursday declined to refer to a five-judge Constitution bench the issue of reconsideration of the observations in its 1994 judgment that a mosque was not integral to Islam, which had arisen during the hearing of the Ayodhya land dispute.

In the three-judge bench, Justice S Abdul Nazeer dissented from CJI Dipak Misra and Justice Bhushan.

The issue of whether mosque is integral to Islam had cropped up when the three-judge bench was hearing the batch of appeals filed against the Allahabad HC's 2010 verdict, by which the disputed land on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid area was divided equally among three parties – the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.

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3. We Will Ensure Farmers Can Say Their Govt Works for Them: Rahul

Congress President Rahul Gandhi kick started his two-day visit to the poll-bound Madhya Pradesh on Thursday, 27 September. After offering prayers at the famous Kamtanath Temple in Chitrakoot, Gandhi addressed a rally in Satna. He will subsequently travel to Rewa for a roadshow.

This is Gandhi's second visit within a span of 10 days to the BJP-ruled state, where assembly elections are due this year-end.

In his Satna rally, Rahul Gandhi posed a challenge to PM Modi.

“I challenge PM Modi to share in any of his speeches why he gave the Rafale deal to Ambani who was already reeling under a debt worth Rs 45,000 crore.”
Rahul Gandhi in Satna

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4. It Doesn’t Matter When Someone Is Speaking Out: Tanushree on Nana

Actor Tanushree Dutta is again vocal about being harassed in Bollywood, and has accused actor Nana Patekar of wanting to touch her inappropriately and having insisted on shooting an intimate song sequence on the sets of Horn 'Ok' Pleassss in 2008.

Dutta told ANI in an interview how she was allegedly harassed by Patekar, and when she raised an alarm over it, they were ignored:

“Nana Patekar is a pawn in this entire scenario. Of course I want the industry to ban these people, just to set an example... But my fight is not just against Nana Patekar or Ganesh Acharya. They work bindaas like nothing has happened. I want them to suffer the consequences, of course, but it’s not just about Nana Patekar and me. It’s about creating that awareness in our society that whenever a girl speaks up, people try to shut her up, make allegations against her character.... Why is it so difficult to hear it and respond to it?”
Tanushree Dutta, Actor

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5. AIB’s Ashish Shakya and Rohan Joshi Decode Indian News Coverage

Indian media houses have always been famous for dramatising every event that occurs in India; be it petrol pricing, political rallies or even natural disasters. Although I would like to clear #NotAllMediaHouses. It is very disturbing and disappointing, but at the same time, it is also very hilarious to see a few reports.

We hear a lot of commentary on such reports either through social media posts, memes, stand up comedy and more.

When it comes down to making fun of something, then nobody is better than the ‘All India Bakchod’ guys, famously known as the AIB. We got two of the AIB guys, Rohan Joshi and Ashish Shakya, to comment on news reporting in India. They shared their thoughts on news coverage - everything from petrol prices, natural disasters, political rallies to the most widely covered topic on the spectrum, celebrity weddings.

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