Censorship Issues For Over The Top Services – (NETFLIX And Hotstar)

Gone are the days when satellite TV’s were ruling the Indian TV industry. Now, are the times of internet based channels like Netflix, Hotstar, Amazon Prime video and more, known as the Over-the-top (OTT) services. Being an internet based service they can be accessed anywhere and anytime on devices like smartphones and tablets too other than smart TVS, desktops and laptops. These services are known as over the top because the service does not need you to subscribe to a traditional cable channel besides providing the liberty to choose whatever they want to watch as per their choice and time. A hardware device, an internet connection, download the app, get the subscription plan and you are on.

Over the top Service (OTT) types

Well, on one side it’s getting convenient for viewers to watch anything they want anytime, there’s a flipside to it too. The content could be unsuitable for viewers of a certain age group particularly under age audience. So, the topic to regulate the content is of vital importance and needs to be looked at, with keen interest, more so. The types of over the top services include –

  1. Ad supported video on demand (AVOD) – A free service it gets its revenue from the ads it broadcasts along with video content.

  2. Subscription based video on demand (SVOD) – This is a paid service where you can access a whole library of video by paying a fixed amount on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.

  3. Transactional video on demand (TVOD) – This is a pay per view service and needs no subscription.

With the advent of these services, it won’t be a surprise if you find people hooked to their smart phones or tablets while having lunch break or commuting on a bus or a metro. Another vital aspect of it is that the content that is broadcasted is not scrutinized and is uncertified, vulgar, pornographic, legally restricted and at times sexually explicit as well. There have been PILs / petitions against shows like Game or Thrones and Sacred Games about objectifying women as well and requesting to frame guidelines for the same. One such petition was dismissed by the Delhi high-court stating that it could not frame any guidelines because there were stringent provisions vide the information technology act, 2000 already in place. When the petition was taken to the Supreme court, it has issued notice to the center in order to regulate the content on OTT platforms dated May 5, 2019. Well, this means that it will take some time for the OTT content to get regulated.

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Five Facts You Need To Know About Ancestral Property

There is a lot of unawareness around ancestral property rights amongst us. A reason is ignorance and even amendments in the law. One of the many questions that are commonly asked around ancestral property laws that people keep pondering upon or enquiring from friends and acquaintances is about women’s share in ancestral property. Here’s run down five facts around ancestral property rights you need to know and around daughter’s share as well –

  1. Ancestral property means the property that is inherited up to four generations. As in from father to great great grandfather.

  2. The right to ancestral property is considered to be based on birth and not after the death of the owner.

  3. The ancestral character is not considered if the partition or division of the property is already done through a deed or mutual basis within the family.

  4. The division of the property is done not on the basis of per capita but on the basis of per stripe. First the share of each generation is determined. Later the subdivision is done for the remaining generations. Also, every generation does inherit from its predecessor.

  5. Will and gift based properties are not included in ancestral properties.

  6. If a father gifts a property to son, it is not included under ancestral properties.

  7. If a self-acquired property is used in common it can be included under ancestral properties.

  8. But, if the father wants to disinherit his son from a self-acquired property within the ancestral property, he can do so but the son still has rights over ancestral property

  9. Before 2005, only sons had rights to ancestral property. But, in 2005 the Supreme court amended the law providing rights to a daughter whether married or not, in ancestral property. The court later clarified that if the father has died before the amendment of the Hindu law in 2005, the daughter does not have any right to ancestral property.

Well, theses day women are becoming more and more aware of their rights but even today there are many women and even people who aren’t really aware about ancestral rights or have a lot of queries around the same. The aforementioned are a few facts that might just help you clear some of your doubts around the same.

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What You Need To Know About Divorce Rights In India For Women

Many celebrity divorces are coming to the fore ever now and then and like the west India is coming to terms with the big word divorce. Obviously, divorces are never cake walks and there is a lot of suffering, stress, anxiety, fear and pain that the whole process brings along. In Indian marriages are considered to be and Institution and even today in spite of the fact that divorces are getting common. The laws that govern marriages vary as per the religion and country. In India, and as per the Hindu marriage act the spouse can claim for alimony or maintenance against divorce.

Divorce Rights In India For Women

Now, alimony as well as maintenance is nothing but financial compensation to the spouse unable to support self to ensure that he/she lives a secure life financially. In India it’s mostly the females who claim for maintenance and alimony in Hindus, though it differs from religion to religion. The Hindu marriage act states that both husband and wife are eligible for it.

But, in India it’s mostly the women who get the alimony benefits. These days, many women work as well and aren’t aware if they are also entitled for any alimony. Here’s a sneak peek into how much alimony are women entitled against a divorce, working and non-working both.

As per the law the women is entitled to get a monthly alimony of 25% of husband’s gross income if it’s on a monthly basis. The amount may increase decrease as per the salary. In case of lump-sum settlement the range is between 1/3rdto 1/5th of net worth of the husband and is to be done all at once.

If the couple have a child than the maintenance of the child needs to be paid for separately. The child needs to be paid in a way that he/ she can live at the same standards of the father. Similarly, even the wife is entitled to be able to live at the same standards as per her matrimonial home. If the wife is also working though, she also has to share the child support.

On the other hand, only if the husband is disabled, he is entitled for alimony, else not.

The court also mentioned during the hearing of one alimony case, that even if the woman is educated and earning, she is still liable to get alimony if there is a substantial difference between her and her husband’s net worth, so that she can live her life at peace and same standards she used to enjoy in the matrimonial home.

However, if the woman remarries, the husband is not required to pay any alimony to the wife but he has to continue to pay for the child’s maintenance. Furthermore, if the alimony is interim or monthly basis and the husband fails to provide the same. The appellant can move to the court for a petition to attach the husband’s salary. The maintenance they would be deducted from husbands salary automatically every month. Also, any kind of jewelry, gifts, property or valuables including gadgets, appliances and even cash that is given to the women before, at and during the course of marriage are included as a part of streedhan. This also includes all her earnings, investments and savings.

Having said that, divorce is a very difficult and emotionally draining procedure but being aware of the rights make help making life a lot more-easier in terms of financials.

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Passport Can Be Renewed Even If There Is A Criminal Case Going On If Court Permits – A Case Study

The chief general manager of state run PEC limited was denied the renewal of his past as he was charged by the CBI for offenses under the IPC section 420 as well as section 13 of the corruption act after the CBI had filed an FIR against him and his PSU under the ministry of Commerce and Industry for cheating of over 530 crores.

When the advocate of the client applied for an NOC for Passport renewal, the PEC limited refused it citing the office memorandum of Aug 28, 2018, that the Ministry of Public grievance and Pension, Personnel, Department of Personnel and Training, stating that in case of any pending disciplinary proceedings, the vigilance clearance as well as the NOC certificate required by a public servant for issuing or renewing passport can be withheld ordinarily.

Passport Can Be Renewed

The Advocate of the person in concern had challenged two office memorandums issued by PEC limited that declined his client’s passport renewal request. The report that the PEC as well as the passport office submitted for denial was under the Section (6) (2) (f) of the 1967 Passports Act. It states that the passport office can deny the renewal of passport to the applicant who is under-going court proceedings before a criminal court of India. The PEC limited counsel further contented on the order of the special judge which was conditional and did permit passport issuance only if it is allowed under the relevant passport rules.

The court noted that the PEC did not bring forth any other other rule other than Section (6)(2)(f) and 10 of Act that would prevent the applicant from getting his passport renewed and that the criminal court in concern did approve his passport renewal.

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Justice Bakhru further added “The reliance on Section 10 of the Act is ex facie misplaced, since it pertains only to impounding and revocation of passports and travel documents”. The court directed that if the petitioner submits an application for passport renewal, it would be processed for a period of two years but there is this condition where the petition submits an undertaking to respondent no 5 that he would appear before the court whenever required during the issued passports continuance.

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Hindu Marriage Act 1995 – An Insight

The Hindu Marriage act has been created with the intention to secure the rights of the bride and groom who are Hindu by religion and are tied into a sacred bond through marriage ceremony. Though there is not definition for the ceremony as such. The act is applicable for people of Hindu, Sikh, Jain and Buddhist religions.

The components of the Hindu marriage law are spread across different sections of the act. Here’s a run-down some of the common and important sections under the Hindu marriage law 1955.

Hindu Marriage Act 1995

Section 5 of the Hindu Marriage act, 1955 – The marriage is considered lawful if the bride is 18 years or above and the groom is 21 years or above at the time of the marriage.
Section 6 of the Hindu Marriage act, 1955 – This sections has the provision for legitimacy of children born out of this alliance and can be later declared as void or voidable.
Section 8 of the Hindu marriage act, 1955 – The marriage can be registered under this act.
Section 9 of the Hindu Marriage act, 1955 – This has the provision for restitution of the conjugal rights of a husband as well as a wife who are bound together under the act.
Section 15 of the Hindu marriage act, 1955 – This act says that once divorced both of them are eligible to remarry.
Section 24 of the Hindu marriage act, 1955 – This act has the provision for maintenance pendent lite as well as for expenses of the divorce proceedings.
Section 25 of the Hindu marriage act, 1955 – The section 25 of the Hindu Marriage act is for provision of maintenance pendant lite as well as for the legal divorce proceedings expenditure.
Section 26 of the Hindu marriage act, 1955 – The section is about custody, maintenance as well as education of minor children during as well as after legal proceedings of divorce.

The Hindu marriage act is a provision made by the government of India to keep the sanctity of marriage in place and not let anyone take any undue disadvantage of the pious institution.

 

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Working with Law Firms – What you See vs what you Get

Most law graduates dream of getting placed in one of the top law firms in India for various reasons, the main being a big fat pay cheque. It is a big opportunity which enables you to work with big fishes like business tycoons, celebrities in the country and at times get media attention too. You get to have skyrocketing career and with that an elite lifestyle. On the flip side such law firms spread across the country come out with not more than 200 openings against the thousands that graduate every year from law firms. Furthermore, most of the jobs either go to the toppers from the best universities or relatives with contacts. So at the end of the day the idea of landing a high paying job in the top law firms in India is just like a mirage in the desert.

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Reality Check
While students are curious and excited to work on big projects, with celebrities and head honchos in top law firms, the reality is quite different. As a beginner or an intern you don’t immediately get such big breaks. Initially it is only about doing filing work or proof reading documents or due diligence related tasks that you might land upon. Thus as a junior associate against your presumptions, what you do would be quite boring, actually.
Having said that, this is the case with most of the careers. The initial period is more of toiling. Also, as there is a lot of pressure after graduation to land a job into a top law firm and that tends to make students do stupid things.
So, are there really any pros there or only cons. Yes, off-course there are pros of getting to work with a top notch law firm and cons too. Here’s to list a few-

PROS

  • To be with the best, you need to give your best. So, here’s a place where you need to put your best to match their standards and class.
  • At such firms, you as a new graduate law students get to groom yourself, learn to dress, be on time and learn about communicating professionally which can be of great help in a later stage.
  • You get to work with the competent team and get to learn a lot about teamwork and from them as well.
  • Top law firms provide full service and hence you get a 360-degree learning experience on various fronts of law.

CONS

  • Work timings are one of the biggest cons in a law firm. There are no fixed timings and could land you home as late at past midnight. So, personal life might as well go for a toss when working with these firms.
  • Don’t always expect very well behaved seniors. Be ready for experiences where if you underperform as a young law associate, you are shown the door straight away. No wonder, attrition rates are so high in law firms.
  • Sitting for long hours in front of the computer can cause a lot of physical stress as a law firm job is a desk job.

Having said that, if you are competent enough with a willingness to work 24 x 7 then you could be the preferred one and climb the ladder of success faster in terms of roles and responsibilities as well as remuneration.

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What is privilege Motion – Indian Parliament

Recently, we saw Lok Sabha members move two different motions precisely the ‘no confidence motion’ and ‘privilege motion’. While we have discussed ‘no confidence motion’ in the earlier blog already, here’s all about privilege motion in India.

What does Privilege motion mean?
Unlike the no confidence motion, the privilege motion is applicable to both the Rajya-Sabha and the Lok Sabha. As MP’s of the Parliament, the members are granted certain privileges individually as well as collectively so that they can perform their duties properly. But, if any of the member disregards these immunities or rights, the act is known as breach of privilege and is liable to be punished under the same as per the Parliament laws.

When a MP sees a breach of privilege by another member/members, he or she can move the privilege motion against all those accused of the breach. Besides, the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha both have the power to punish any contempt of the parliament other than breach of privilege considered against its dignity or authority.

privilege Motion - Indian Parliament

Rule 187 / 222
The privilege motion has a mention in Chapter 20 of rule 22 for the Lok Sabha and Chapter 16 Rule 187 for the Rajya Sabha. If any member wants to move the privilege motion he or she has to provide a notice to the Speaker before 10 am against any other member, committee or even the house. The first scrutiny level of the privilege motion in the Lok Sabha is through the Speaker and Rajya Sabha through the Chairperson. If the Speaker or Chairperson admits the motion than the accused or concerned is given a chance to explain themselves.

Referring a Motion
After listening to the member the Speaker/Chairperson can refer the motion to the parliamentary committee. It consists of 15 members in equal strength from various political parties. They prepare a report on the same and a debate of one and half hour is allowed on the report prior passing the final orders. The speaker may also suggest that the ordered be tabled and decision or resolution be passed on it in collectively. The procedure remains the same for the Rajya Sabha or the upper house as well. Only that in the Rajya Sabha the committee is made up of only 10 members against 15.

Examples
In the Past, many privilege motions have been passed in the Lok Sabha, but most of them have been rejected and only some have demanded action on the same. One of the most notable cases of the privilege motion was the one that was passed against Indira Gandhi in the year 1978. It was moved in by the then Home Minister Charan Singh. It was based on Justice Shah Commission observations while investigating excesses during Emergency. Even though Indira Gandhi had won the Lok Sabha elections then, was expelled from the house owing to the same. In another case, it was BJP MP Subramanian Swamy who was expelled by the Parliament for giving explosive interviews to foreign publications and thereby disgracing the house.

 

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Maternity Benefits for Women in India

With every passing year more and more, women in India are getting employed and working hand in hand with male members of the family. But, one event that is integral to the life of most of the married women is pregnancy and delivery. It’s a phase of life that involves living at home with the infant and caretaking. Hence, the maternity leaves benefit. Many of us aren’t much aware that the Government of India has already passed a Maternity bill in 2016 and about its details.

As per the bill, a woman employee is eligible to get fully paid leave in order to take care of the child and herself. It also protects the employment during the time and is applicable to all business organizations with a workforce of over 10 employees. Here is a rundown the bill features:

maternity benefits for women in India

  • The maternity leave for working women bearing the first or second child is set to 26 weeks. Earlier it was 12 weeks only.
  • For the 3rd child or more, the leave is only 12 weeks.
  • Maternity benefit of 12 weeks is also applicable to a woman who adopts a child below three months and commissioning mothers as well. Commissioning mothers are those who use their egg to create an embryo that is planted in another woman.
  • The bill also mentions working from home facility if the nature of work is such that the employee can work from home, in case the employer and the woman both agree.
  • The bill states that an organization with more than 50 employees need to provide crèche facilities for working mothers and even the facility to visit the child in the crèche four times a day for feeding and resting as well.
  • The maternity benefits need to be intimated to the woman employee in writing at the time of appointment.

The maternity benefit bill is passed by the Parliament in the Lok Sabha for the purpose of regulation of employment of woman in all areas of the working like circus, mines, shops or establishments with 10 or more employees.

Multinational companies have already included these benefits and many corporate giants are still jumping the bandwagon offering not only maternity leaves but flexi-hour working with full pay as well. One such company in Bangalore has even offered one-year career break without salary for maternity. MNC’s are even providing additional benefits that are not mentioned under the maternity benefits bill. In order to woo women employee companies making lucrative offers that include benefits like parental counseling, insurance benefits, maternity tie-ups with hospitals, transport reimbursement to name a few. Another well- known banking sector firm has offered a package of 1.32 lacs only for child care to women in addition to salary.

Well, there are many more corporate who are willing to adopt the flexible maternity policies in India because they are well aware that maternity is one such milestone in the lives of women when they decide to quit their jobs.

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Justice System For Juvenile Offenders in India

Juvenile offenders are those Indian citizens who are not adults or are not above 18 years of Age. Many of them are subject of juvenile delinquency which is about committing crime on a regular basis or as a habit by these teenagers. Obviously, the law for adult criminals and those under 18 years of age is different in India and is governed by a lot of factors.

There is a juvenile justice board in India which looks into the juvenile offenders and decides on the course of action or punishment for them and there are certain protocols that need to be adhered to while dealing with cases that involve juvenile. Here’s a run down –

juvenile Offenders in India

1. When there is a police case or FIR filed or the police catch hold of a juvenile offender, he or she is to be kept under the charge of a special juvenile officer or child welfare officer, who is responsible for producing the child or teenager before the Juvenile justice Board.

2. To conclude on the course of action based on whether the offence or crime was petty or heinous one, an enquiry is carried out. The offense is petty or serious or heinous nature and the child is below 16 years of age, the board may decide on the following punishments considering the crime type –

a. Advice the child and let him or her go home
b. Ask the child to go through counselling
c. Fine the parents of the child
d. Ask the child to do community service
e. Release the child on probation subject to good conduct
f. Direct the child to live in special home for not more than three years

3. For crimes of heinous nature by children above 16 years the board can decide on a trial for the child as adult. But, the child cannot receive any life imprisonment or death sentence without any sort of release possibility.

There are observation or special homes for offenders where these offenders stay for a short time. But, the conditions in these homes are not as required according to many experts. There is a great need for this homes to provide educational activities and training to the kids living there, as the homes do not have any structured activity for them, it ultimately leads to no improvement. There’s this saying ‘an idle mind is a devils workshop’, so there is a dire need to carry out proper rehabilitation of juvenile offenders and building infrastructure where informal systems like voluntary organizations, families and communities are involved and the whole system is transparent enough, is when we can help the juvenile offenders learn a lesson and work towards living a better life once they are out.

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Crime and Its Concepts – A short Description

Before talking about the concepts of crime, lets just define crime first. Crime by definition means an act that is capable of being followed by criminal proceedings. Sir William Blackstone defines crime in two ways. One, as an act committed or omitted in violation of public law commanding or forbidding it. Though the definition is limited in the sense that it is only applicable to bulk of criminal law segment that covers political offenses and was modified later. Though the definition of concept of crimes showcases traceable difficulties with respect to the concept, it can still be defined or rather can make sense based on four different frame works.

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Social construction is one of them. As culture varies across the length and breadth of the country, it is difficult to create a standard definition of crime as it could vary from culture to culture.

Religious authority is another. Now, there is this huge conflict across religions when it comes to considering something as crime. While it may be a crime in one religion, it may not be in another. Example – women in middle east are not allowed to drive as per the Sharia law of Saudi Arabia. It is considered to be a crime even today, however absurd it may sound in other part of the world. Another example is honor killings and domestic violence which is allowed in certain religions while in certain it is considered as crime as per the basic state law.

Another example is holocaust of Germany wherein Hitler in Nazi Germany ordered a systematic slaughter of the Jewish race, which was not considered a crime then. But today when reviewed, the holocaust is known to be the greatest crime in history of Germany. Even when the trial was carried out only a few officers that were closed associated were held responsible. As for others they were not held responsible as they were only following orders of their seniors and did not commit crimes willingly. This again throws light on the definition of crime and its affects on not only the situation but people involved in the situation.

Thus, as we may see based on the four frameworks explained above including the examples of holocaust, Saudi Sharia law, domestic abuse and honor killings, it can be understood that the definition varies as per time and the ever changing needs of the society. There are more example which can prove that crime as an act is not the same everywhere. For example liquor sale and consumption is a crime in Gujarat but in many other states of India it is not.

Thus, we can clearly see that the definition and concept of crime ranges from individual and personal to historical and social circumstances and hence it is difficult to have one single definition for it.

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