The Hindu Editorial Analysis : 10th November 2022

The Hindu Editorial Analysis:

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We all are aware of the importance of reading The Hindu newspaper with the aspect of improving reading ability, easily comprehending paragraphs, getting updated with the current events, improving essay writing and many more. For a banking aspirant it becomes necessary to read editorials for vocabulary. In this article we are going to discuss the points of today’s editorials with practice questions and important vocabs.

Considering Consent.

  • As much as the laws of a country must adhere to the principle of justice and fairness, they also need to stay in tune with the times.
  • It was this proviso that the Dharwad bench of the high court of Karnataka invoked as it urged the law commission of India to have a rethink on the criteria for age of consent,’taking into consideration the ground realities’.
  • The judges said they were motivated to make this recommendation, having encountered several cases relating to minor girls over the age of 16 years(but below 18 years) having fallen in love and eloped with the boy, and wondered why the consent of the girl in a sexual relationship is not factored in, especially when charges are made out under provisions of POCSO act.
  • The act was enacted to protect children from sexual abuse, and it raised the age of consent for sexual intercourse from 16 to 18years.
  • In practice, however studies have noted the many cases booked under the act in the adolescent group have a romantic involvement, including eloping with the intention of getting married, consensually.
  • In almost all instances, police cases are initiated by the parents of the minor girls who has eloped with the lover.
  • Once the sexual act is confirmed the POCSO act is slapped on the boy, who may sometimes be a minor, or barely of legal age for marriage, and the consequences of being prosecuted for penetrative sexual assault are life altering as they are meant to be.
  • While the boys face criminal prosecution, the girls are also sent to government institutions when they protest parents strong disapproval of the liaison.
  • There is no doubt that children are vulnerable and must be protected from forced attempt to sexually assault or groom them with an eye on exploitation.
  • The law commission must now train its guns on the actual implementation of the act, and ensure the POCSO act, stays true to its broad intent-the protection of children.

Practice Questions:

  • What was the provision regarding Dharwad bench of Karnataka High court?
  • What did the judges recommended?
  • What did the law commission must train?

Important Vocabs:

  • Intent- showing great attention
  • Vulnerable- weak and easy to hurt physically or emotionally
  • Assault- a sudden attack on somebody
  • Eloped- to run away secretly to get married
  • Adhere- to stick firmly to something

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