25/08/2017 9:40 AM IST | Updated 25/08/2017 9:59 AM IST

The Morning Wrap: Privacy Now An 'Inalienable Right'; Verdict In Rape Case Against Ram Rahim Singh

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Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh during the trailer launch of his new film ' Hind Ka Napak Ko Jawab' in Mumbai.

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It was a historic day on Thursday when a Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court of India comprising nine judges decided one of the most important questions of the day, whether a citizen of India has the fundamental right to privacy or not, in the affirmative. Here's a summary of our coverage-- A timeline of the historic right to privacy ruling, a blog on why right to privacy will make citizens more comfortable about owning their personal spaces, this piece on the impact of the ruling on protection of sexual orientation, and how the right to privacy ruling may affect other cases.

Kailash Satyarthi writes a blog declaring a war on child sexual abuse and trafficking. His aim is to inspire and provoke at least 10 million citizens to take the pledge for Surakshit Bachpan-Surakshit Bharat. "I call upon you to join Bharat Yatra to make India safe again," he writes.

Former skipper of the Indian women's cricket team, Diana Edulji, had some choice words for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and its attitude towards women's cricket at an event organised by Indian Express on Tuesday. She called the BCCI a "male chauvinist organisation".

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A CBI court in Panchkula in Chandigarh will pronounce the verdict in a rape case against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh today. The rape allegations against Gurmeet Ram Rahim date back to 2002, when a Dera sadhvi wrote an anonymous letter to then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee saying she was raped by the Dera chief.

Ishran Jahan, one of the petitioners against instant triple talaq is being ostracised by her in-laws and neighbours in Howrah's Pilkhana. Since the Supreme Court declared triple talaq unconstitutional, Ishrat, who was being hailed as an icon of social justice and gender equality throughout the country, is at the receiving end of a smear campaign, insinuations and character assassination in her own neighbourhood, reports Times Of India.

A little over 36 years after he co-founded Infosys Ltd with six others and exactly a decade after he stepped down as its chief executive officer, Nandan Nilekani has returned to the company after he was unanimously named by the board as its non-executive chairman in a widely anticipated move.

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Remember that heartbreaking image of a man in Bhubaneshwar carrying his dead wife on his shoulder? A year later, Daana Majhi's life has taken a 180-degree turn after donations from across the world. He has received Rs 37 lakh and all his three daughters are going to school.

Two girls who wanted to making a living as Bollywood stars left home for Mumbai without telling their families, but when they woke up, they were in Jaipur. The police had found them after their parents filed a complaint when they were missing. Unfortunately for the girls, they boarded the wrong train.


In an op-ed for Indian Express, Indira Jaising writes about what the SC ruling on 'Right To Privacy' means. "The judgment gives us more than we bargained for. It puts the brakes on any majoritarian government from throwing at us numbers in support of an argument," she writes.

A Hindustan Times article explains why community kitchens (or canteens) need to be viewed more broadly than as a 'food subsidy' or even a 'safety net'. After Tamil Nadu's pioneering Amma canteens, many states have started community kitchens, such as Karnataka's Indira Canteens. And this move should be welcomed.

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