» 06/13/2012, 00.00
Rajasthan: married off at 9, a 24-yr-old woman wants her marriage annulled
State High Court orders government to protect Shobha Choudhary and her family after village authorities threaten them. The young woman is finishing a university degree, whilst her husband is semi-illiterate. "I cannot accept such a marriage," she says. Child marriage in india is illegal but widespread.
Legalising child marriages "an attack against women", say church and NGOS
Catholic leaders and women's rights campaigners slam the High Court ruling as "retrograde, outrageous and very dangerous". The Delhi Archbishop said: "The situation of women continues to worsen."
Dubious proposal to lower marriage age to 18
India’s Law Commission wants to lower the age of marriage for men from 21 to 18 like for women. Its goal is to erase child marriage and its abuses. An expert argues that tinkering with the law to fight abuses will not work; what is needed are better structures and health care.
The country’s highest court imposes divorce on Coptic Church
Court rules that Coptic men can remarry after divorce. In Egypt, marriage and divorce proceedings are regulated by a couple’s religion. Coptic Pope Shenouda resolutely rejects theing.
Court overturns ruling ordering abortion on 19-year-old mentally challenged and orphaned woman
The woman was raped by two security guards working in the government-run shelter where she was living. She is in her 20th week of pregnancy. Punjab and Haryana High Court ordered the termination of her pregnancy, arguing she could not raise the child and would treat him as a “toy”. The young woman said she wanted to have the baby.
New Delhi not to allow single states to define religious minorities
Union Minister Antulay reassures Christians and other groups that no law will be approved if it violates their rights. Christian leader Dayal concerned that a proposed bill will deny Sikhs, Christians and Muslims minority status in states where they are well-represented, thus depriving them of constitutional rights.
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