National News

History was created by India’s Apex Court on September 6th. Sec 377 of the Indian Penal Code was partially struck down. The Supreme Court Judges said that sex between two consenting adults was none of their business. While non-consensual sex and bestiality are still a crime, Supreme Court’s judgement has widened the definition of right to freedom.

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For the LGBTQ community, this is just the first step forward. The community will have to wage a lengthier battle now. While the community has the legal sanctity now. They will have to fight for social justice.

They will have to fight for themselves in the societal hierarchy. Many are now contemplating if the right to freedom of expression can be extended to marriage. But if laws are changed in connection with marriage act, there could a massive uproar in both the political class as well as the general public.

While many politicians have remained tight-lipped about the verdict, several have out rightly refused to accept gay marriages, claiming that marriages that led to production of an offspring were valid and rest were invalid. Also adding that gay marriages lead to unhealthy environment for children.

India has come a long way since its independence, but we will be able to call ourselves as a free country only every one has their rights intact.

It would be grossly wrong to deny LGBT partners the chance to take their relationship to culminate as a wedding. As far gay marriages are concerned, several same sex marriages have provided stable families for children, the best example being Neil Patrick Harris and his husband David Burtka who have raised two children. Also many are demanding right to adopt/surrogacy.

Whether Indian law permits this or not, whether soceity is open to its minority remains to be seen. But hopefully the “apology” note India “owes to the LQBT” community will be delivered with a gift of marriage & surrogacy.


Re-run 2012? Maldives plunges into another crisis

World Affairs

The political crisis in the troubled island nation of Maldives plunged further after the ruling President of the country, Abdulla Yameen placed his country under emergency for 15 days

The press release said ‘certain rights’ of the citizens would be restricted bringing in sharp criticism from world over. In fact, the former Attorney General, set aside the emergency & termed it illegal

Husnu Al Suood

The declaration of state of emergency in the Maldives by the president is unconstitutional and hence without any legal effect. The legal advisors of the president have wrongly advised him about the provisions in constitution relating to state of emergency.

Arrest of Former President

Post the declaration of the emergency, President Abdulla went on an overdrive and arrested the former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, who is also his half brother, for siding with the oppositon.

Maumoon Abdul Gayoom was the President of the island nation for 3 decades until the country’s first democratic elections were held in 2008.

Not just that, Chief Justice and other Supreme Court judges were arrested too.

How did the crisis erupt?

The current crisis emerged after the Supreme Court of Maldives over turned the conviction of 9 opposition leaders including Former president Mohammed Nasheed. This gave opposition the upper hand as they are now a majority in the Parliament as 12 other MPs were reinstated.

The panic struck government then refused to comply to the judgement following which clashes erupted in the country.

While the world is keeping a close eye on the developments, two countries who will keenly follow this is crisis are India & China. While India has diplomatic ties with Male, China could use this to strengthen it’s string of pearls & try to weaken India in Indian ocean.