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SC site faux pas

On the evening of December 5, when I logged in to the official website of the Supreme Court of India, I noticed in its "New Updates" section a news item prominently displayed titled "Inquiry into sexual harassment levelled by an intern against a former Supreme Court Judge".

As I clicked it to download, , a two-page statement under the signature of Justice P Sathasivam, Chief Justice of India regarding the aforesaid episode involving a former SC judge, Justice AK Ganguly, appeared. To my utter surprise, I found that the name of the intern concerned had been disclosed on page 1, in the operative portion of three-judge panel report, not once but at three places. I was shocked to notice how such a faux pas/ gaffe could have been allowed by the highest court of the land.

Although, the next morning on December 6, when I again clicked the same, the aforesaid name was substituted with the word "intern". But by that time, the earlier statement had already gone viral and it is easily available on the web.


Living-in unaccepatable

The editorial “Live-in relationship” (December 2) has rightly said that moral values are being redefined with each passing day. Youngsters of today are the builders of the nation which can be strong and progressive only if its people bear high character. Though the court has supported live-in relationship, it could not cover the rights of a woman seeking maintenance in case of differences with her partner as this relation cannot be treated on a par with marriage. Our law-makers must condemn a live-in relationship as this would not be acceptable in our society and is against our culture and moral values.

K K CHAWLA, Kurukshetra

Legislation is a must

The needs of society keep changing with times and it becomes the duty of Parliament to introduce a law on the aspect of live-in relationship without delay. The concept is in its nascent stage in India. It is certain that cases pertaining to live-in relationships will come before the judiciary. In the absence of any suitable legislation/amendment in the existing law, giving remedy to the aggrieved will be an arduous task.

Dr Sunaina, Mohali

Unwanted pregnancies

If a live-in relationship reduces the chances of divorce as believed by people, it also increases the chances of unwanted pregnancies. A live-in relationship is against Indian traditions and culture and still regarded as immoral in our society. Legalising such things will only lead to an increase in the exploitation of women. In the changed circumstances, the real issue is not what a woman does but what is done to her. It is time to enact a law exclusively to protect the aggrieved.


Fear of adultery

Though the Supreme Court has approved the concept of live-in relationship, the turning down of the petition of a woman seeking maintenance and independent residence from the man under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005, cannot be termed as “regressive”.

In contrast is the decision of the National Lok Adalat pronounced on November 30 at Khandwa in MP. It ordered that the live-in partner reside in the house along with man’s wife. It is a negation of the provisions of the Hindu Marriage Act which prohibits second marriage when the first spouse is living and there is no legal divorce. The decision of the National Lok Adalat will open the floodgates for adultery and jeopardise the position of legally married women.

Lajpat Rai Garg, Panchkula

Not ‘adarsh’ anymore

The Punjab Governemnt is running six Adarsh schools. But in this ‘dream project’ of the Badal governemnt, no new recruitment of teachers has been done. As a result, with the increase in the workload on teachers, a number of teachers have left the job. The governemnt should think why the teachers are leaving the job.

Kanwar Ashwani Singh, via email



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