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posted Aug 8, 2018, 11:12 PM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Aug 8, 2018, 11:13 PM ]

Justice Joseph appointment row

A group of top court judges, including those from the collegium, met Chief Justice Dipak Misra on August 6 to express their concern over the Centre altering the seniority of Justice K.M. Joseph by placing him at third position, after Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice Vineet Saran, in the order of appointment as top court judges. Upset over the Centre altering the seniority of Justice Joseph by placing him at number three, the aggrieved judges urged the CJI to convey their concern to the government, which they alleged was interference by the government in judicial appointments.

It was learnt that Chief Justice Misra has spoken to the Attorney General to convey the concern expressed by the judges.


India confirms death penalty for child rapists

India's Parliament has passed a law allowing the death penalty for raping girls aged under 12, but Catholic Church officials doubt the effectiveness of such a law to curb increasing sexual violence against children across the country.

The bill replaces an emergency amendment made to a criminal law on April 21, following the national outcry over the rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl in Kashmir in January and other horrific cases across the country.

India's penal code had provisions to punish rapists with jail terms of seven years, but had no harsher punishment for those convicted of raping girls under the ages of 12 or 16.

The new law, approved on July 30, increases the minimum punishment for rape of women to 10 years' rigorous imprisonment. Those convicted of gang rape of girls under 12 will be either executed or jailed for life. Those convicted of gang rape of girls under 16 will be jailed for life.

The new law states that investigation and trial should be completed within two months in the cases of sexual attacks on minors, while appeals should be disposed of within six months. The law allows no provision for anticipatory bail.


Draft NRC can't lead to any action by any authority: SC

In an obvious move to douse the uproar following the publication of the draft NRC in Assam, the Supreme Court said on August 7 that the list cannot be the basis for any coercive action by any authority. "What has been published is a complete draft NRC. It can't be the basis for any action by any authority," said a bench of Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman, as Attorney General K.K. Venugopal pointed to the serious human problem.


Day of Adoration for the Indian Church

Catholics celebrated the Day of Adoration for the Indian Church across the country on August 3, 2018, with various initiatives; the purpose of the event was to pray for bishops, priests, nuns and the laity.

In the Carmelite monastery of Prem Jyot, Baroda (Gujarat), the cloistered nuns gathered in prayer and Eucharistic adoration from 5 am to midnight. In the parish of St Alphonsa in New Delhi, the Parish Priest, Fr Frederick D'Souza (former Executive Director of Caritas India) convoked the faithful to take part in the Day of Adoration. “The St Alphonsa Church has around 400 families," he noted. “It is a mixed community of tribal people who are recent migrants and people from Kerala and Mangalore. We decided to pray for the Church and for our beloved nation. Importantly, we are calling for special intercession for the Missionaries of Charity, who will join us in Adoration."