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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Filing A Complaint Against Dowry in India is Easy Now

Though Dowry cases have reduced considerably thanks to the awareness initiatives and legal reforms in India, this dreadful system is not totally eliminated as yet. It is still prevalent in many regions of rural as well as urban India. The prevalence of this custom has led to thousands of homicides as well as suicides in India, sadly so. As per statistics India tops the list of dowry related cases and around 30,000 dowry cases were officially reported in the year 2013-14. This is a huge number and speaks the torment of the women in India due to dowry. There have been almost 10 K cases of suicidal deaths due to dowry harassment as well as reported by the National Crime Records Bureau besides almost 4000 harassment cases by husband and in-laws for dowry were filed by the year 2015.

Filing A Complaint Against Dowry in India

Many of us are aware of the dowry prohibition act that was brought into effect in the year 1961. Under this act of IPC section 498 (A) – taking, giving or abetting dowry by imprisonment is a punishable offense and can cost you a fine of upto five thousand bucks or six months of jail. A woman has to raise her voice without fear of any sort and file a case so that the government and the law can help her out. The government has over the years simplified the case filing procedures so that women can take optimum benefit of the law. As per a retired IPS officer Mr Mukherji added that a women needs to give an accurate description of what happened and present facts rather than making half-baked statements.

The government has even made provisions for women police stations so that women can comfortably go and register complains there. The first one was opened in 1992 itself in Tamilnadu. Besides every police station today is equipped with a women’s cell. Furthermore, the government has also made it mandatory for any and every police station to take complaint of a dowry related case of a women irrespective of jurisdiction. The FIR is registered under a zero number and later transferred to the relevant jurisdiction. The government has also made a provision for women to be able to complain online to the website of any NGO or website of the National Commission for Women. Online case or FIR filing facility is also already available on their official website.

Though the procedures are made simple and accessible to all, it’s the women primarily, who need to take a step for themselves when it comes to raising their voice against their own people for saving their own life. Until, they stand up for themselves, the crux is no one else will be able to help them out completely.

 

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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.

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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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Does India Need a Space Law?

India has established itself amongst biggies like USA and Russia when it comes to Space Projects. It has been so since inception but the recent milestone where in 2017 February where it launched over 100 satellites in space signals commercialization and is probably the result of India proving its mettle when it comes to cost friendly space projects. The monumental launch of Chandrayaan in 2004 and the cost friendly mangalyaan(mars orbiter Mission) which was made at just 11% of the cost at which USA made its Maven Mars Orbiter- Maven cost around $ 672 million while mangalyaan cost $74 million only paved the path to other nations taking notice of India’s prowess in Space. With Mangalyaan, India did achieve many other feats, one of being the fourth space agency after Soviets, Nasa and the ESA and the second to enter the orbit in its first attempt historically behind ESA.

Does India Need a Space Law

Hence, saying that India is already at par with space giants like Soviet and NASA wouldn’t be wrong. Now looking at not only these giants but countries like Germany, Netherlands, Ukraine and Canada as far as legal framework is concerned, there’s no denying that they are well aware about the need for space law and have cemented it meticulously.

Yes, there are five international treaties already brought into force by the United Nations. While India has only signed one treated it has ratified the other four. It has been around four decades since India’s space journey started but it is yet to do the enactment over it. Though polices determined by the constitution of India as well as the satellite communications policy and even while our articles numbered 51 and 73 do show their respect for international treaty obligations and law for preservation of peace and security internationally, India is yet to create or obligate it legally.

It is time that the government of India which presently supervises the ISRO seriously thinks about revising the space laws in the country as it is slowly moving to self-sufficiency. It is already into outsourcing but only to a certain degree like component manufacture and the recent move to outsource manufacture of satellite to the private sector. Besides it has also signed a treaty with a private startup for launch of a spacecraft that will attempt a moon landing. This is sure going to help ISRO to focus on more important projects. Hence, the need of space law that is user friendly and is in the interest of both the government as well as the operator whenever liabilities arises due to damage.

Take the case of the international dispute between India and Japan over an Indian satellite on its way back to earth with debris over a Japanese village. As per the treaty for International Liability for damage caused by Space objects signed in the year 1972, India has to pay the compensation for it but there is not international space law that can help determine the quantum of damage.

Lastly, Space has also turned out to be of significance to 21st century warfare and hence considering the advantage India can get in a space war strategy or security planning, it does become important to consider devising and bringing space law into effect.

Supreme Court of India to Rethink on Decrimilization of Homosexuality

As we all are know, the supreme court has passed a law criminalizing gay sex, but here’s some good news for the LGBT community. The Supreme court recently decided to rethink their decision about the ban. The decision comes as a definite ray of hope for the community and was taken by the Supreme court on January 10, 2018 wherein the court declared about the re-examination of the Section 377 of IPC banning carnal intercourse against nature’s order with any man, animal or woman. This act is a punishable offence with as long as life time imprisonment punishment for the convicted. Since 16th Century by the British when India was amongst one of its colonies, is when the idea of criminalizing gay sex came into existence.

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Though the Supreme courts decision has given the LGBT community a small bit of a reason to celebrate, there are already some representatives of India’s right wing who are all set to extinguish this little revolutionary spark. As per a known Parliamentarian’s opinion, nobody would have any issues with what they do within four walls of their respective homes but if they bring it, celebrate it or flaunt it publically like creating gay bars to attract partners, etc., it needs to be punished and hence the need of Section 377. While he has also made statements calling homosexuality as a genetic flaw, this sentiment seems to have full support of the Indian middle class. Many other known politicians and ministers have gone to extent of calling it a curable disorder and also claiming that homosexuality is against the law of nature and hence the LGBT community needs to be completely disenfranchised.

While fact of the matter is that we already have studies to prove that homosexuality is not something that has cropped up recently, but it has been there since centuries. The living proof is Mesolitic rock art that has depictions of same sex intimacy scenes and is on display already in natural history museums. There is already documented proof as well written around 2345-2181 BCE, depicting the homosexual relationship of Pharaoh Neferkare and his general Sisene. Another one from the 7th Century BCE is a poem depicting love between two females written by Greek poet Sappho.

Yet, the LGBT has been living under constant fear of illegal detention, money extortion, blackmail and harassment by the law enforcement bodies. Besides, they have always faced the brunt of discrimination, abuse and are labelled by many as people with mental condition.

Perhaps, the Supreme court is aware that time has come to make some necessary changes in the centuries old law system of India and work towards eradication of the shame and stigma related to an individual’s sexual identity and create an environment of respect, dignity and equality for this gender.

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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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All About Courts in India

ALL ABOUT COURTS IN INDIA

Though if one has to wish for something related to court proceedings, one would rather wish of staying away from getting into the same, due to its time and money consuming repute. But, when you have to you have to, there is no way else where or out. So, why not be aware about the court and its hierarchy. The first step here begins at the judicial body, village courts, the district court, going up to the high and finally the supreme court.

Village Courts or Panchayats
Better known as gram, lok or nyay panchayats, these courts are set up at village level to resolve disputes arising in villages or rural areas.

District Courts
These courts are for the urban populace. People at town or city levels can knock their door to seek justice or resolve their dispute. It has a district judge and is supported by many subordinate courts. Every district does have separate courts for labour and families as well as special courts that deal with narcotic drugs, substances act falling under essential commodities.

High Courts
Every state has their own high court and its generally situated in the capital of the respective state. Many states also have bench courts which refers to high court branches. In the same way, union territories have high court benches of the nearby state. The high court comes into action only if the lower courts cannot hold a trial due to territorial and pecuniary jurisdiction issues.

Supreme Courts
This is the highest of all the courts in hierarchy and stands at the top. The powers it has form original advisory jurisdiction and appellate powers. There is also a facility for citizens to directly file a suit with the supreme court in case of fundamental rights violation. At times even the President of India asks advisory jurisdiction for advise on certain issues. Supreme court judgments and laws are to be abide by every court in the hierarchy of India.

Some of us aren’t aware about the difference between tribunals and courts. Tribunals and courts are totally different bodies though they work in parallel and tribunals are not a part of the court hierarchy. Apparently, the hierarchy is forms on the basis of the constitutional structure and the reason behind its formation is to ably handle the mammoth population of the country and its problems and issues in a streamlined manner.

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