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Farooqui v State Government of Delhi: Confusing Consent

Severyna Magill 22nd November 2017

The recent Delhi High Court judgment acquitting Mahmood Farooqui of rape is problematic as it appears to create a new test for  consent  The court held  that a ‘no’, even when articulated, is not enough to demonstrate a lack of consent.  A lack of consent must be expressed in such a way that “the appellant […]

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Child Marriage before the Indian Supreme Court

Disha Chaudhry 16th November 2017

The Supreme Court of India on 11th October 2017 ruled that sexual intercourse or sexual acts by a man with his minor wife would amount to rape for the purposes of Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860. The Court has read down Exception 2 to Section 375 which reads “Sexual intercourse or sexual […]

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Tunisia’s Revolutionary Steps: New Law Protecting Women Against Violence

Ranime Djouider 15th September 2017

July 26th 2017 marked a historic date in Tunisian history, with the passing of a national law against domestic violence, targeting “any physical, moral, sexual or economic aggression” against women.  The law passed with 146 out of 217 votes in parliament. The new law directly targets domestic violence against women, something that has been a […]

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CEDAW Committee General Recommendation on Violence against Women Updated

Kevät Nousiainen 14th September 2017

In July 2017, the CEDAW Committee released a new General Recommendation (No. 35) on Violence Against Women (VAW), 25 years after the first on the topic, General Recommendation No.19. This represents a step forward in the international legal response to the challenge of widespread VAW.    The 1979 UN Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination […]

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