Ban on outside food OK, but cut canteen prices, say moviegoers

‘Reduce popcorn price, cinemas will be houseful’ Moviegoers feel the ban on outside food in the cinemas is a right step, but the prices of food items in theatre canteens should be brought down. Venkata Prasad, who came to watch the Telugu movie Veera Simha Reddy at Director’s Cut PVR, a multiplexon Brigade Road, informed […]

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Despite a law, many cos do not have internal complaints panels

Women demand them to deal with the cases of harassment Despite a legal mandate, many workplaces do not have Internal Complaints Committees to deal with complaints of sexual harassment of women employees. Under Section 4 of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013, an employer who has 10 or […]

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Many vehicle owners unaware they have to carry insurance papers

Collection of  fines for the offence rises Bengaluru has seen an increase in the seizure of vehicles and collection of fines over missing insurance documents — a result of drivers being unaware of the law that they must carry these. In 2018, the fine collected across Karnataka from vehicle drivers who did not have insurance documents […]

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In private companies, paternity leave remains a grey area

India lacks a law governing birth benefits for dads In India, government employees enjoy the benefit of paternity leave, but their counterparts in private companies struggle to get it. In 1961, India passed the Maternity Benefit Act, which allows women to avail of certain benefits and perks during pregnancy. Aiswarya Saji, an advocate, explained: “There […]

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Marital Rapes

With marital rape not recognized as a crime, cases are hushed up

Pallavi Das (name changed) cries in bed every night after her husband inflicts pain on her while sexually abusing her. She is not sure if it is right to call it “sexual abuse” as her husband says it is the foundation of a healthy marriage. According to The Better India website, 106 countries have recognized marital rape […]

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Change in procedure to adopt has couples, agencies worried

Power to issue orders goes to magistrates Parents in Bengaluru are anxious as new adoption rules are making them wait longer to adopt a child. According to a report in The Hindu, The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Amendment Bill, 2021, which gives District Magistrates the authority to issue adoption orders, was approved […]

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Marriage is no license for sex without consent, say Delhiites

‘Forced sex  damages a relationship’ Shilpa Singh from Delhi has been married for 20 years. She says she has never been abused by her husband, but knows people who have abusive husbands.  “Not every marriage is based on love and consent. There shouldn’t be an exception for husbands when it comes to forced sexual intercourse […]

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Freelance designers use pirated Adobe apps due to high cost

Open-source alternatives popular too Graphic designers in Bengaluru and Mumbai prefer to use pirated or open-source alternatives to Adobe applications  to paying for them. According to the India Design Report by the Confederation of Indian Industry, Bengaluru, Delhi and Mumbai have the largest number of designers in the country, with these three cities having approximately […]

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Number of undertrials rises during the pandemic

Undertrial prisoners in Karnataka outnumber convicts 2-1.The number of undertrials has gone up in recent years. Most of them are migrant workers from backward classes coming from poor and downtrodden families.  According to the latest Prison Statistics Report, 2019,  published by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), nearly 70 percent of the prison population in […]

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Women’s bank a/cs rise, but not their financial independence

Most have no say in how to spend money Bengaluru: Karnataka is seeing a 29 percent rise in women’s bank accounts as per the State Fact Sheet of the National Family Health Survey (2019-20), but this does not necessarily mean that they are financially independent. As per the State Fact Sheet of the NFHS, the […]

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