Top News Headlines 27th April 2021: Kerala HC Landmark Judgement Clarifies Muslim Women’s Right To Initiate Divorce

Top News Headlines 27th April 2021: Kerala HC Landmark Judgement Clarifies Muslim Women’s Right To Initiate Divorce

Kerala HC Landmark Judgement Clarifies Muslim Women’s Right To Initiate Divorce

Kerala High Court has delivered many landmark judgements in relation to Muslims’ divorce. Recently, a Division Bench of the High Court was dealing with the issue of conditions in “Khula”, divorce initiated by the wife making it a landmark judgment. Till date Khula can be exercised only when the husband accedes to the wife’s request so if he refuses, the woman has no option but to approach courts of law under the provisions set out in the Dissolution of Muslim Marriage Act of 1939.

The legal issue in this case before the Court was whether a Muslim wife, once she has decided to leave the marriage for reasons that she feels are appropriate, has the right to pronounce unilateral extra-judicial divorce through Khula against her husband. By right without the intervention of courts, Muslim woman can unilaterally divorce her husband if, by contract, the husband has delegated the right to divorce to his wife. The second right by their personal law is divorce by mutual consent, through the process called Mubaarat. Third right of a Muslim woman to divorce is by way of Khula, wherein she decides to terminate the marriage. This process may be called wife-initiated Talaq.

BigBasket Data Leaked on Dark Web, Database Claimed to Include Details of Over 20 Million Users

Recently, shocking news that BigBasket database leaked on the Dark Web, the alleged database includes the email addresses, phone numbers, and hashed passwords of the affected customers. The data also allegedly carries physical addresses and date of birth of BigBasket users.

The alleged BigBasket database has been put on the dark Web by a hacker group infamously known as ShinyHunters. The database that is available for free access on the dark Web only includes user passwords in an encrypted form, but another hacker has claimed to have decrypted some of the leaked passwords. Such decrypted passwords are put up in plain text are now also put on sale on the dark Web.

Madras HC contends: Election Commission Singularly Responsible For COVID Second Wave; Officers Should Probably Be Booked For Murder

Recently, on Monday, Madras HC came down heavily on the Election Commission of India for allowing political rallies during the COVID-19 pandemic. Upset Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee told the Election Commission's counsel "Your institution is singularly responsible for the second wave of COVID-19.” In addition to this the Chief Justice went to the extent of orally saying "Your officers should be booked on murder charges probably".

Observing that the Commission had failed to enforce COVID norms regarding wearing of facemasks, use of sanitizers and maintaining social distancing in the course of their election campaigning, despite court orders. "Were you on another planet when the election rallies were held?” Chief Justice asked the ECI counsel.

Woman pilot moves J & K High Court alleging sexual harassment by Flight Commander

This week, a plea said that the accused officer repeatedly demanded sexual favours from the petitioner and passed objectionable comments against her, while touching her inappropriately. tTe petitioner in addition raised a legal issue regarding the applicability of the Sexual Harassment at Work Place Act (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 (POSH Act) and Rules to the Armed Forces.

She quotes the incident saying "He touched her on her shoulder from behind and made lewd remarks with lustful eyes and demeanor.” He made a comment saying, “Le tujhe touch kiya ab kaise karegi apne aap ko sanitise?” Petitioner didn’t feel comfortable but didn’t know how to react as she had not expected this. She mentioned that “the said touch was unwelcome and extremely unsolicited and was an assault on the dignity of the complainant being a lady officer," 

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