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17/03/2017 8:26 AM IST | Updated 17/03/2017 9:22 AM IST
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What are the safeguards offered by the Indian Constitution to citizens against discrimination by state and non-state actors? While the freedoms and protections guaranteed in the document are robust, the process of legal redress is scattered and incomplete. Congress MP Shashi Tharoor's Anti-Discrimination and Equality Bill, 2016, recently introduced in the Lok Sabha, could change all that, if it is passed.

A police complaint has been filed against Arunabh Kumar, the founder of The Viral Fever, by a Mumbai-based lawyer, under sections 354, 354-A, 354-D and 509 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for "intentionally indulging into various wilful, criminal, vulgar and continuous acts of sexual harassment at workplace coupled with acts of outraging the modesty of women as well as molesting women at the workplace".

With the TVF case being widely discussed on social media and bringing out the best and the worst among men and women in India regarding their attitudes to feminism, here are 10 ways in which Indian men can become active supporters of women's rights every day.

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The Goods and Services Tax (GST) will be rolled out on schedule on 1 July, 2017, the GST Council said on Thursday after clearing all the necessary legislations required for one of the most ambitious reforms since India became independent.

Former Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) pracharak Trivendra Singh Rawat is believed to have been picked to be the new Chief Minister of Uttarakhand by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is set to form the new government in the state since its stellar performance in the recently concluded Assembly elections.

The Congress is considering all possible options, including tying up with various regional parties, in order to break the Modi Wave, which has spurred the BJP on to power, in the 2019 general elections. The Congress's poor performance in the Uttar Pradesh state elections has pushed the party to a stage where it must either reinvent itself or cease to exist.

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The government has decided to stop funding research centres on social discrimination at several state and Central universities, which were started under the 11th five-year plan (2007-12). The decision to fund them is usually renewed from plan period to plan period.

The newly elected BJP MLA from Deoband, Brijesh Singh, has said he will ensure that the new government in the state changes the name of the town to Deovrind to emphasise its connection with the Mahabharata and not the Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband.

Honda Motor Co. has formed a team of engineers from Japan and Thailand to work in India and develop a global middleweight motorcycle to compete with Eicher Motors Ltd's Royal Enfield, which enjoys the status of a cult following in the country.

Opinion

An Opposition in disarray must come together to rise against a politician like Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on duty 24x7, Rajdeep Sardesai says in the Hindustan Times, drawing on his experience of reporting from the field.

From a thousand years ago, we can begin to see disagreements about what constitutes not just the laws governing Islamic lifestyles, but their very basis, Sidin Vadukut writes in Mint, taking a long view of history and its impact on present-day global customs.

The Hindu asks three experts, from the Left, Right and Centre, to discuss the pros and cons of the recent policy of having injectable contraceptives. From the view that this move is the state's way of asserting control over women's body to giving people more choice in reproductive rights, the opinions vary.

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