If You Want A Passport, Get A Toilet First

Authorities in the rural midwestern district of Surkhet, Nepal have come up with a brilliant idea to improve sanitation in the area – they are asking everyone who applies for a citizenship card or a passport whether they have a toilet at home…If they don’t, they are lectured on the health risks that may arise from open defecation and then given the citizenship card/passport…

Creating awareness is a good thing and must be done but if money is not given to these people to build toilets, how is the scheme going to help Nepal fight disease outbreaks?

Bizarre Facts

This is a silly post…I came across these bizarre bird names while surfing the net:

If you think I’ve made these named up, please check the links…My favourite is the Pale-eyed Pygmy Tyrant…Which one is yours?

Lower Caste People Are Aggressive By Nature

You tell me if the following comment made by Shiney Ahuja’s lawyer Shrikant Shivde is just a defence tactic or  it reflects how he really feels:

“She [the maid who was allegedly raped by Ahuja] belongs to a lower caste, which is aggressive by nature, and she wouldn’t have submitted herself so easily. They are known for being aggressive.”

If he believes in what he said, hats off to Mayawati for immortalizing her success by building innumerous memorials…


Marital Rape

The decision by the court to decriminalize section 377 of the IPC was a good one but I was just wondering if anything is being done to amend the existing rape law (section 375)? First of all, the law as it stands today assumes that rape victims are always women and secondly, it does not consider marital rape a crime…If women want to accuse their husbands or vice-versa of sexual violence they cannot do so as there is a general marital rape exemption in section 375 of the IPC, 1860…The foundation of this exemption can be traced back to statements made by Sir Matthew Hale, C.J., in 17th century England…Hale wrote:

“The husband cannot be guilty of a rape committed by himself upon his lawful wife, for by their mutual matrimonial consent and contract, the wife hath given herself in kind unto the husband, which she cannot retract.”

Do jurists feel that since marital rape occurs between adults behind closed doors, it is not criminal?

Edited to add:

If IPC section 377 is repealed, then section 375 should be amended to include male rape of both adults and minors…The male rape provision should include rape by both men and women…