Bengaluru, Karnataka News Highlights: The Supreme court on Thursday, while dismissing petitions requesting urgent hearing of the case against the Karnataka High Court’s verdict upholding the power of educational institutions to ban wearing of hijabs inside the premises, asked the lawyer to not “sensationalise” the issue. The top court also declined to give any specific date to hear the petitions.
In a ruling that could help shape the debate on marital rape, the Karnataka High Court Wednesday refused to quash rape charges filed by a wife against her husband, defying the exception in law, and, instead, called on lawmakers to hear the “voices of silence.” “A man is a man; an act is an act; rape is a rape, be it performed by a man the ‘husband’ on the woman ‘wife’,” a single-judge bench of Justice M Nagaprasanna of the Karnataka High Court said. The “age-old…regressive” thought that “husbands are the rulers of their wives, their body, mind and soul should be effaced,” the court said.
Meanwhile, amid reports of diktats banning Muslim vendors from participating in annual festivals in coastal Karnataka, the BJP-led Karnataka government said it was the Congress government that introduced the rule to not lease temple property to non-Hindus. Also, after several incidents of stone-pelting on running Bengaluru Metro trains by miscreants, the Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) have decided to increase the height walls near some of the lines protecting the upward and downward ramps of the Metro in the city.