Law Affairs For The Month Of January 2020

  • The Veteran Feminist, Social Activist, and writer, Vidya Bal, passed away in a private nursing home on January 30, 2020. In 2016, she approached Mumbai High Court demanding enforcement of the law to allow women in all Hindu Religious places. Her Public Interest Litigation was against the restriction of women at Shani Shingnapur temple under Maharashtra Hindu Place of Worship Act, 1956. She won the case paving way for women’s right inside the temple. Apart from Shani Shingnapur, she has also fought several legal battles for women to enter religious places of worship.

  • On January 29, 2020, the Union Cabinet approved Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Bill, 2020. The bill aims to amend the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971.

  • The Union Cabinet on January 29, 2020, approved the official amendments to the National Commission for Indian System of Medicine bill, 2019.

  • On January 29, 2020, the Union Cabinet approved National Commission for homeopathy bill, 2019.

  • On January 28, 2020, the Supreme Court ruled that African Cheetah shall be permitted to be introduced in India. The cat is being introduced on an experimental basis.

  • On January 28, 2020, a non-profit organization in the US called the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) said that over 25,000 cases of child pornography have been uploaded in 5 months in India. The data has been shared by the organization with the National Crime Records Bureau.

  • The Citizenship (Amendment) Act was legislated by the Parliament during this winter session. However, several states are agitating over the non-inclusion of Muslims in the law. Kerala was the first state to pass a resolution against the act. Recently, the state of West Bengal has passed a similar resolution.

  • On January 27, 2020, the Andhra Pradesh cabinet cleared to abolish Legislative Council. It is to be noted that the Legislative Council stalled two bills that were passed by the assembly. It includes AP Capital Region Development Authority Repeal Bill and Decentralization bill.

  • The Andhra Pradesh Government has passed the “Andhra Pradesh Decentralisation and Equal Development of All Regions Bill”, 2020. The bill paves way for three capitals of the state.

  • On January 19, 2020, the Group of Ministers headed by Home Minister finalized its report to change the legal framework that will help prevent sexual harassment of women at workplaces.

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