वादग्रस्त समान नागरी हक्कांची चर्चा पुन्हा उफाळून येऊ लागली असतानाच, सॅफ्रन थिंक टँक नामक हिंदुत्ववादी संघटनेला लोकांचा अविश्वसनीय पाठिंबा मिळत असून आता या याचिकेवर १ कोटी स्वाक्षऱ्यांचे आवाहन केले जात आहे.
Akash Sonawane – Mumbai Uncensored, 17th February 2022 :
भारतात समान नागरी हक्क (#UniformCivilCode) हि वादग्रस्त मागणी पुन्हा एकदा चर्चेत आली असून, समर्थकांची संख्या दिवसेंदिवस वाढत चालली आहे. ट्विटर वर सर्वाधिक ट्विट द्द्वारे ही मागणी पुन्हा चर्चेत आल्याचे निदर्शनास येते दरम्यान एक हिंदुत्ववादी संघटना याचे नेतृत्व करताना दिसत आहे. या संघटनेने ऑनलाईन याचिका (Online Petition) द्वारे नागरिकांचा अविश्वसनीय प्रतिसाद मिळवला आहे.
हिंदुत्व चळवळ पुढे नेण्यासाठी हिंदुत्ववादी जनतेला एकत्र आणण्याचा प्रयत्न करणारी एक संघटना म्हणून स्वतःची ओळख असलेल्या ‘ सॅफ्रन थिंक टँक ’ ने देशात समान नागरी हक्कांच्या अंमलबजावणीची मागणी केली आहे.
केंद्राला समान नागरी हक्क लवकरात लवकर लागू करण्याचे आवाहन करणाऱ्या सॅफ्रन थिंक टॅंक च्या स्वाक्षरी मोहिमेला चेन्ज (Change.org) वर १.६० लाख हुन अधिक लोकांनी पाठिंबा दिला आहे. आणि तब्बल १ कोटी लोकांना यात जोडण्याचे सॅफ्रन थिंक टॅंक चे लक्ष्य आहे.
भारताच्या सर्व नागरिकांसाठी समान नागरी हक्कांच्या दिशेने सहमतीने वाटचाल करणे हे संविधान निर्मात्यांचे उद्दिष्ट असल्याचे स्पष्ट करुन, सॅफ्रन थिंक टँक चे संस्थापक सिद्धांत मोहिते यांनी केंद्राकडे समान नागरी हक्क लवकरात लवकर लागू करण्याची मागणी केली आहे.
सिद्धांत मोहिते यांच्या मते, “युनिफॉर्म सिव्हिल कोडमध्ये विविध धर्माच्या लोकांसाठी वेगवेगळे वैयक्तिक कायदे मंजूर करण्याऐवजी सर्व भारतीयांसाठी विवाह, घटस्फोट, उत्तराधिकार आणि दत्तक यांवर नियंत्रण ठेवणाऱ्या समान कायद्यांचा समावेश आहे.”
आर्टिकल ४४ नुसार समान नागरी हक्कांच्या गरजेचा संदर्भ आणि पुनरुच्चार सर्वोच्च न्यायालयाने वेळोवेळी केला आहे. सॅफ्रन थिंक टँक ने ठळकपणे नमूद केले आहे की भारतातील विविध जाती, जमाती, धर्म किंवा समाजातील तरुण जे त्यांचे विवाह समारंभ करतात त्यांनी विविध वैयक्तिक कायदे, विशेषत: घटस्फोट आणि विवाह संदर्भातील उद्भवलेल्या समस्यांशी संघर्ष करु नये.
गिरीराज सिंग तसेच उत्तराखंडचे मुख्यमंत्री पुष्कर सिंग धामी यांसारख्या केंद्रीय मंत्र्यांनीही समान नागरी हक्क लागू करण्याची मागणी जोर धरु लागली आहे.
Supreme Court of India announces Historical Judgement on Sexworkers.
Recognizes the Sexworkers’ Profession as Legal; Will this Intervention change the life of Sexworkers?
Shobhit Chandola – Mumbai Uncensored, 27th May 2022
What could be hailed as a significant and progressive move, the Supreme Court of India on 26th May, 2022 announced the decision to officially recognise the sex work as a No Offence.
Although Prostitution is Legalized in India but the activities of Brothel management, Procuring, Child Prostitution, Soliciting and Kerb Crawling were subject to illegal activities.The Apex court was hearing the plea of the hindrances faced by thesexworkers since the Covid 19 times. What a 3 Judge Bench headed by Justice L Nageswara Rao ordered as final verdict, it has been ensured that now Sex workers won’t be harrased, exploited, punished and thus, the sexwork be regulated. The panel of Sexworkers were constituted by the Apex Court and primarily the 3 aspects were addressed:
- Prevention of Human Trafficking
- Resettlement of the Sexworkers who want to leave Sex work.
- Favourable safe working conditions to be created for the continuing sex workers with utmost nobility.
Supreme Court’s Guidelines on Sexwork Legalisation
The Bench came up with the final recommendations made by the panel of sexworkers which has been directed by the Supreme Court to the Union territories and the States in order to be followed with stern adherence. As the Supreme Court terms Voluntary sex work as No Crime, it has come up with the Guidelines to be followed by the states & unions once the Government of India accepts the order. Glance briefly at the SCI’s guidelines below:
- Adults are the Keyholder and Consent is the key. Since the adult’s participation in the sexwork is on his personal volition. Therefore the Police are abstained to charge any criminal case or act on them. This comes as a matter of fact that Police carry presumingly an ill image for the prostitutes and often spark the usage of Verbal or physical abuse on them.
- When the Sexworker lodges an FIR against any offence that may be criminal/ civil or sexual in nature, the police are entitled to accept it earnestly and act in conformity with law.
- Just for the sole reason of Mother being indulged in the profession of Prostitution, the detachment of her from the child should not be caused.
- Sexual Assault on a Sexworker will be equivalent to the same on sexual assault survivor. Hence the sexworker will be entitiled to receive all the facilities of the latter including instant medication.
- Press Council of India is accountable to issuance of certain guidelines for the Media on moral grounds which should comprise: a)- To not publish, telecast and disclose the identities of the sexworkers during raid/arrest/ rescue operation even if the subject is found to be victim or accused.
- It is the duty of the government to seek participation of sexworkers or their spokesperson in the formation of the policies, guidelines or act formation for the sexworkers.
The Transition in India if the Centre accepts the SCI’s verdict ? What could be the Cons of Legalising Prostitutions ?
If the Central Government supports the decision than it will come into existence and the Prostitutions will be legalised and regulated. But the decision has simultaneously raged a big clash of opinions. One phase of Neitizens seems to be disappointed with the verdict and has coined the possible aftermaths of legalization of Prostitution:
- No guarantee to stop Human trafficking. A Vice-versa uptrend shall initiate
- Health of women seems to be compromised. Also they will be more vulnerable to Government of India’s tax policies.
- Legal Prostitution may increase Child prostitution due to relaxed proceeding of the law.
- It may serve as a gift to the Sex industry & Sex Tourism but pro western/ developed nations’ elites shall play with the helplessness of lower class prostitutes.
- There are a fair share of chances that adultery would increase.
- Even though it shall lead to decrease in sexual assault cases, It shall make the Sex worker Morality go down ironically.
Only time will tell how effective and efficient this SCI’s decision will be. But for now, it looks the need of the hour as all the developed nations has the legalised prostitutions which are well regulated in contrast to India where the scenario gets worst with respect to the in-depth reality.
Qutub Minar Excavation Reports Denied By the Ministry
Following the Gyanvapi Mosque survey reports said that the government had asked the Archaeological Survey of India to conduct excavations to ascertain the builder of the minaret.
Khushi Shah – Mumbai Uncensored, 23rd May 2022
Union Minister of Culture, GK Reddy has denied media reports that his ministry has asked the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to conduct an excavation at the Qutub Minar complex to ascertain the facts behind its origin. “No such decision has been taken,”
After the Gyanvapi Mosque survey, a controversy erupted over Delhi’s Qutub Minar. Some believe it was erected as a tower of victory to signify the beginning of the Muslim rule in India. Others say it served as a minaret to the muezzins to call the faithful to prayer. Dharamveer Sharma, the former Regional Director of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), recently claimed that Qutub Minar was actually Surya Stambh a “sun tower”
Dharamveer Sharma is one of the most respected archaeologists in India. He has served as Superintending Archaeologist in the Delhi division of ASI three times. As per a report in Hindi daily Jagran, he had worked extensively on the conservation of Qutub Minar and went inside the Minaret multiple times. He said he had seen Devanagari writing in the inner parts of the minaret. Every year on June 21, he takes astronomers to the complex.
History states that the Qutub Minar was built in the beginning of the 13th century by Quṭb al-Din Aibak and completed by his successor, Iltutmish. He said it was erected by Emperor Vikramaditya, not the Mughals. He presented a 20-point fact sheet to prove his theory that Qutub Minar was an observatory.
The origins of Qutab Minar are shrouded in controversy. According to certain groups, Qutub Minar was earlier a site of Hindu and Jain temples.
Two weeks ago, members of a right-wing group recited the Hanuman Chalisa outside the Qutub Minar complex and staged a protest demanding that the iconic monument be renamed ‘Vishnu Stambha’.
International working president of United Hindu Front, Bhagwan Goyal, alleged that the Qutub Minar is the ‘Vishnu Stambha’, which was built by the “great king Vikramaditya”. “But later, Qutubuddin Aibak claimed credit for it. There were 27 temples in the complex and those were destroyed by Aibak. Proof of all this is available as people can find idols of Hindu gods kept in the Qutub Minar complex. Our demand is that Qutub Minar should be called as Vishnu Stambha,” Culture Secretary Govind Mohan had visited the monument on Saturday and had spent over two hours at the monument along with a team of senior officials and historians to discuss aspects related to the upkeep of the Qutub Minar complex
Recently, it was reported that last month a letter was written by the National Monument Authority to the ASI on moving two idols of the Hindu deity Ganesha out of the complex, “owing to their disrespectful placement”, and the idols were relocated to Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque.National Monuments Authority chief Tarun Vijay, who is also a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party and a former member of the Rajya Sabha, had said that the placement of the idols was disrespectful. “I visited the site several times and realised that the placement of the idols is disrespectful,” he said. “They come near the feet of the mosque visitors.”Delhi court had last month directed the ASI not to remove two idols of Lord Ganesha from the Qutub Minar complex till further directions. A plea was filed in a Delhi Court against the removal of the idols by advocate Hari Shankar Jain on behalf of Jain deity Tirthankar Lord Rishabh Dev claiming that 27 temples were partly demolished by Qutubdin Aibak, a general in the army of Mohamad Gauri, and Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque was raised inside the complex by reusing the material. The court had directed the Archaeological Survey of India to maintain a status quo till further hearing of the case. It is also an established fact that Quwwat-Ul-Islam Masjid was built atop existing temples but the property was not being used for any religious purposes and no prayers were being offered here.
The court had observed that wrongs may have been committed in the past, “but such wrongs cannot be the basis for disturbing peace of our present and future”
Mumbai Court gives orders to Rustom Ice Cream to vacate its premises
Mumbai’s famous ice cream parlour told to vacate premise part of Brabourne Stadium
Khushi Shah – Mumbai Uncensored, 19th May 2022
Iconic Rustom ice cream parlour was recently ordered small causes court in Mumbai, to vacate its premises at the North Stand Building, part of the Brabourne Stadium, within two months. The decision resulted from a 26 year old suit filed in 1996 by the Cricket Club of India (CCI).
The story began in 1953 with K. Rustom and his family selling bars of ice-cream on beautiful glass and porcelain plates to tourists and families of Marine Drive, but several years and disappearing plates later, they came up with what they’re now best known for their ice-cream biscuits. K Rustom was the first tenant of the reclaimed land from Marine Drive to Churchgate. He bought the property at the rate of 1 Rs per square yard. At the small causes court, CCI had submitted that they were landlords of the said property under the Bombay Rent Act.
The land, upon suggestion from Lord Brabourne, was decided to use the space for CCI.The CCI told the court that they “need” the space.It was submitted that the club requires the premises for its activities. It said that the list of the club’s members has gone up substantially in the last 14 years and it needs more space to meet the growing requirement of the members. It said that it wants to start a coffee shop at the suit premises for its members as the current one at CCI is insufficient.
However, it has fought till the end, ensuring that the 84-year-old shop doesn’t shut down.
After the latest development in the long-standing legal battle, the news has sparked talk of a shutdown of the ice cream shop, with some urging Mumbaikars to “go and eat your last ice cream at K Rustom”.
The property in dispute comprises 3,070 square feet and a mezzanine floor of 950 square feet. The family has said that they will be filing an appeal against the order. The CCI submitted that a substantial portion of the premises were not in use by Rustom. CCI claimed that it was being paid a monthly rent of Rs 527 per month, ‘far below the standard rent’. Rustom replied by calling it an “incredible” statement as it does not mention the payment of electricity and water charges.
The owner also claims that they have been a tenant of the suit premises prior to the declaration of the Second World War “when premises were freely available” in Mumbai. Rustom also denied that a portion of the premises is not in use and said that both the ice-cream shop and a shop selling readymade clothes were working full time. It also said that it has no other premises to do business and will be out on the streets if asked to evict the premises.
After the latest development in the long-standing legal battle,, the Court of Small Causes directed Rustoms “to hand over quiet, vacant and peaceful possession” of its premises.
“It is already held that the plaintiffs have proved that, the suit premises are reasonably and bonafide required by the plaintiffs for their personal use for club activities and no hardship will be caused to the defendants if the decree of ejectment is passed in favour of the plaintiffs therefore, they are entitled to recover quit, vacant and peaceful possession of the suit premises,” Judge Todkar ordered.
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