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Supreme Court says young adults choosing life partners mustn’t succumb to ‘class honour’

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The Supreme Court, echoing B.R. Ambedkar’s views that remedy for breaking caste is inter-marriage, said boys and girls choosing their life partners cannot succumb to the concept of class honour or group thinking.

A bench comprising Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Hrishikesh Roy observed: “Educated younger boys and girls are choosing their life partners which, in turn is a departure from the earlier norms of society where caste and community played a major role.”

Stressing it as a progressive outlook, the bench said this may reduce caste and community tensions brought out by inter-marriage.

The bench said: “We are fortified in our view by earlier judicial pronouncements of this Court clearly elucidating that the consent of the family or the community or the clan is not necessary once the two adult individuals agree to enter into a wedlock and that their consent has to be piously given primacy.”

The bench noted that intimacies of marriage lie within a core zone of privacy, which is inviolable and even matters of faith would have the least effect on them. “The right to marry a person of choice was held to be integral to Article 21 of the Constitution,” said the top court.

A missing person complaint was lodged in Karnataka by the father of a girl after she eloped and married a person, based in north India, without informing him. The investigating officer after learning about their marriage insisted that the girl should appear in person at a police station to record a statement to close the case, and if she fails, then there is a possibility of kidnapping case against her husband.

Faced with these dire consequences, the couple moved the Supreme Court, which criticized the police officer’s conduct putting the girl under threat of action.

The top court said the choice of an individual is an inextricable part of dignity, for dignity cannot be thought of where there is erosion of choice.

“Such a right or choice is not is not expected to succumb to the concept of ‘class honour’ or ‘group thinking’,” said the top court.

Quashing the FIR lodged by the girl’s father, the bench said it expects the police authorities to take action in this behalf in the next eight weeks to lay down some guidelines and training programmes on how to handle such socially sensitive cases.

The bench emphasized that girl’s family should accept the marriage and re-establish social interaction with the couple. “Under the garb of caste and community to alienate the child and the son-in-law will hardly be a desirable social exercise,” added the bench.

Concluding the order, the bench cited B.R. Ambedkar: “Where society is cut asunder, marriage as a binding force becomes a matter of urgent necessity. The real remedy for breaking caste is intermarriage. Nothing else will serve as the solvent of caste.”

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Maharashtra Cyber request citizen to be vigilant and aware Flood Relief Fund Scam

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Maharashtra cyber has been continuously and effectively working to stop the rise and growth of the online crimes. The sudden flood has caused heavy loss of the life and property in some districts of Maharashtra state. By taking advantage of such situation, fraudsters have opened fake NGO’s and charity Trust asking people to donate money to help raising funds. Fraudsters ask people to donate but most of these bank accounts will be personal account of fraudster to which the donation is made.

The modus operandi in such scams is as explained below:
• Fraudsters create fake online NGO’s and charity Trusts profiles on social media and publish fake advertisement on internet to help flood victims
• Then using such profiles fraudster advertise for donation convincing people to donate money for flood victims
• Fraudsters demand donation only through online transaction
Maharashtra Cyber requests all the citizen to be vigilant, take below mentioned care:
• Do not trust any unverified news or information you received on social media (Facebook, instagram, YouTube, etc.) and on internet
• Check the authenticity of charity trust/NGO before making transaction.
• Verify whether bank account or payment gateway belongs to NGO’s/Charity trust and do not transfer money to personal bank account.
• Kindly register such findings at www.cybercrime.gov.in

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India records new 44K Covid cases in 24 hours

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India recorded 44,230 fresh Covid-19 cases with 555 deaths in the last 24 hours, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data showed on Friday.

On Tuesday, India had registered 29,689 new Covid cases, less than the 30,000-mark in 132 days, and 415 deaths.

The total number of deaths has reached 4,23,217 as per the government data and active cases number 4,05,155.

According to the government, 42,360 people were discharged from hospitals and health centres in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cured to 3,07,43,972 till date as the virus continued to infect less than one lakh people over the last 52 days.

According to the health ministry data, a total of 45,60,33,754 Covid vaccine doses have been administered in India so far, including 51,83,180 in the last 24 hours.

The total number of samples tested so far has reached 46,46,50,723 as on July 29, including 18,16,277 samples tested on Thursday.

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NCB mumbai seized 183.4 grams of Mephedrone & cash worth Rs.18 lakh on July 29th, Officers said Interrogation of accused persons is going on

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NCB Mumbai in its continuous fight against Drug Suppliers and Peddlers in Mumbai had launched 02 operations in various places of Mumbai and seized 183.4 grams of Mephedrone (Commercial Quantity) along with cash worth Rs. 18,00,000/- on 29th July and intercepted 03 persons including 01 lady. Officers said Interrogation of accused persons is going on.

On specific information, a team of NCB Mumbai raided Chawl at Amina Nagar, Idgah Maidan, Meghwadi, Jogeshwari East and intercepted one person named Abrar Khan & seized 80 grams of Mephedrone with Cash worth Rs. 18 lakh from his house search on 28th July. He was supposed to deliver MD drugs to someone at near his residence at Jogeshwari East. On personal search a packet containing MD drugs of weight 80 gram was found. In the search of accused House cash worth Rs.18 lakhs was found. Further investigation is under process. Abrar Khan is a criminal in Meghwadi area having Police cases registered at Jogeswari Police station & Santacruz Police Station in the year 2006 & 2009 u/s 302, 324 and 326 of IPC. He uses minor children for drugs trafficking i.e. Ecstasy, Corex, Mephedrone, etc. at Meghwadi area. NCB Mumbai registered this case under the Crime No. 72/2021.

On reliable information, NCB Mumbai busted a drug cartel which was run at Three Star Hotel in Andheri (E), Mumbai and seized a total 103.4 grams of Mephedrone (Commercial Quantity) on 28 July and intercepted one lady who was the peddler of the wanted suspect Jai Prakash Bhatt. In follow up operation on 29th July, NCB Mumbai intercepted one person named Rohan Pandey from Marol Naka. Preliminary investigation has revealed that the accused lady is engaged in drug distribution, consumption and other illegal activities. Further investigation is going on. NCB Mumbai registered this case under the Crime No. 73/2021.

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