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Here’s To End That Mid-Week Slump: Read 5 Best Socio-legal Pieces by Academike

Amidst everything wrong with the world, we know you are doing the best you can to cope with it and yourself. Want to break away from this cluttered week? Or just attempting to read some more? 

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Don’t worry. We have got you covered.  

Here is a list of the five best pieces we curated for you! 

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Marital Rape in India: Will the Kerala HC Judgment Usher Any Change?

This piece looks closely at the marital rape jurisprudence in the light of the recent Kerala High Court Judgment. 

Despite how consistent and common marital rape in India is, the idea of gender equality falls flat on its face when marital rape is given a subtle nudge from law, society and customs. The immunity to marital rape, too, like many other parts of the Indian code, is a British legacy, which can be traced back to the Jurist Mathew Hale, who laid the grounds for ‘marital immunity’. 

From the eighteenth to the twentieth century, we are still trying to claim a woman’s body and her implicit consent. 

Aeshita Singh understands the recent Kerala High Court Judgment, which treats marital rape as a ground for divorce and then traces back to laws and social morality. She also makes a strong case for criminalising marital rape from privacy and autonomy.Here is the entire piece, click to read.

How Far Are We From Granting Adoption Rights for Same-Sex Couples in India?

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Among everything else against same-sex love in India, adoption rights for same-sex couples is a utopia. Although the institution of marriage is blotted with patriarchal notions of society, it is necessary to access certain rights. Hence, it is a non-negotiable and compulsory contract with the self and the state. Unfortunately, however, India hasn’t recognised same-sex marriage yet, let alone adoption rights for same-sex couples. Rhythm Kalra asks when will India confer adoption rights to same-sex couples in India. Here is the full piece. Click to read

Glorification of Harassment in Bollywood Movies: Can the Censor Board Undo It?

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Tera Naam’, ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’, ‘Ranjhana’ are a few examples of glorification of harassment in Bollywood movies. Typically, in all these movies, a woman is chased by a man till she finally agrees and settles for him. Most of these movies and their perspectives are marked by a patriarchal mindset and masculine lens, often romanticising the victim’s trauma as an act of ‘falling in love’. However, these films, often blockbusters, do not account for how they affect the general populace. 

Tejaswi Shetty studies such performances of stalking and harassment potent in contributing to crime against women. She also understands the role of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and how they could be effective. Read the full piece here.  

Could Virtual Courts in India Allow Legal Access Even After the Pandemic?

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How did the pandemic affect legal processes? Is virtual courts and digitisation of the judicial process a good thing? 

From the materiality of paper files and the spatiality of legal galleries to virtual hearings, the aftermath is optimistic despite the circumstances that propelled this change. However, the virtual existence of the court has also offered several limitations, which still need to be addressed. 

Krati Sharma lists the advantages and limitations of virtual courts and hearings in India. She also talks about e-courts and suggests specific measures that could ease setting up virtual courts in India.Read the full story here

How will SEBI’s New Mandate affect Sustainability Reporting in India? Academike Explainer

In the past few years, sustainability reporting in India has become an essential aspect of subsistence for companies that seek business opportunities. 

Further, the latest circular by the Securities and Exchange Board of India reignited the debate on the implication of the new sustainability reporting format, which will apply to 1000 listed companies by market-capitalisation. Debarati Pal and Dipendu Das analyse the circular and explain the impact and history of sustainability reporting in India. Here is the full story. Read now!

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