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The Morning Wrap: SC Delivers A Blow To Child Marriage; Real Estate May Come Under GST

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12/10/2017 9:44 AM IST | Updated 12/10/2017 9:44 AM IST
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The Supreme Court, in a landmark judgment, has ruled that sex with child brides amounts to rape, reading down Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code, which exempted sexual intercourse by a man with his wife, the wife not being under fifteen years of age, from being labelled as rape.

The grand Ram Statue on the banks of River Sarayu in Ayodhya that the Uttar Pradesh government under CM Adityanath is rooting for is a misplaced priority in a state where both healthcare and education need serious attention, argues Sandip Roy.

22-year-old Yedu Krishnan, the first Dalit priest of Kerala, scripted history when he performed prayers at the Manappuram Mahadeva temple at Valanjavattom in Pathanamthitta district on Monday.

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The Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister has stressed the need to "accelerate economic growth and employment over the next six months", while identifying 10 areas in which it will prepare reports and make recommendations to the government over the next few months.

The Allahabad High Court is likely to decide the fate of Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, who are serving a life term for murdering their daughter, Aarushi Talwar, and domestic worker Hemraj in Noida in 2008.

The Reserve Bank of India directed financial companies to make know-your-customer-compliant prepaid payment instruments such as mobile wallets interoperable within the next six months.

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Identifying real estate as the a sector where maximum the amount of tax evasion takes place, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said there was a strong case to bring it under the ambit of the Goods and Services Tax.

With the Supreme Court reading down the exception to rape of minor married girls in Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code, those who are already in a child marriage will be forced to live separately till the girl turns 18, experts say.

A report by the World Health Organisation and Imperial College, London, published in medical journal The Lancet, stated that obesity rates among the world's children and adolescents increased from less than 1% in 1975 to nearly 6% in girls and nearly 8% in boys in 2016.

Opinion

As incidents of violence against Dalits mount in Gujarat, it is worth recalling the India of BR Ambedkar's dreams, writes Sukhadeo Thorat in The Indian Express.

In the coming weeks and months, evolution of the Catalan crisis is going have serious implications for many other separatist movements in Europe and around the world, writes Gulshan Sachdeva in the Hindustan Times.

In The Telegraph, Lahore-based journalist Mehmal Safraz highlights the systematic persecution of Ahmadias in Pakistan, with a steadily deepening far-Right ideology making it worse.

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