Saturday, 6 October 2018

“Husband is not the master of wife”

“Any provision of law affecting individual dignity and equality of women invites wrath of  constitution. It’s time to say that husband is not the master of wife. Legal soverignity of one sex over other sex is wrong”, read Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra from the judgment written by him and Justice A M Khanwilkar. The judgment on this issue was headed by other four member namely Justice AM Khanwilkar Justices RF Nariman, DY Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra.
Adultery is not a crime
Under Section 497 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) Adultery was an offence and a convict could be sentenced to five-year-jail term. Section defined adultery as an offence committed by a man against a married man for having sex with wife of another man.
This all started when an Italy-based Indian businessman Joseph Shine, who hails from Kerala, filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) last year challenging IPC Section 497. He contended that the law is discriminatory (unfair/ prejudiced).
"A woman cannot be asked to think as a man or as how the society desires. Equality is the governing parameter. All historical perceptions should evaporate, he added.
The bench further said it was on the view that there cannot be a patriarchal monarchy over the daughter or husband monarchy over the wife.
The adultery law first came into light in 1951 under the Yusuf Aziz vs State of Bombay case. Aziz argued that the adultery law violate the fundamental right of equality guaranteed under Articles 14 and 15 (Right to Equality, Article 14 provides equality before the law or equal protection within the territory of India, Whereas Article 15 provides prohibition of discrimination on grounds of religion,race,caste,sex or place of birth) of the Constitution.
Pic Courtesy: The Hindu

The  argument in the court hearing was for Section 497, governing adultery law, discriminated against men by not making women equally culpable in an adulterous relationship. It was also argued that adultery law gave a license to women to commit the crime. Later in 1954, the Supreme Court ruled that Section 497 was valid. It held that Section 497 did not give a license to women to commit adultery. The judgment said that making a special provision for women to escape culpability was constitutionally valid under Article 15(3) (Nothing in this article shall prevent the State from making any special provision for women and children) that allows such a law.
Moreover, in an interesting observation, the Supreme Court said in the judgment that "it is commonly accepted that it is the man who is the seducer, and not the woman." The Supreme Court stated that women could only be a victim of adultery and not a perpetrator of the crime under Section 497. However, despite declaring women as "victim only" in the occurrence of the crime of adultery, the court did not allow them to even file a complaint.
Next judgment regarding Section 497 was in 1985 Sowmithri Vishnu vs Union of India case.
In Sowmithri Vishnu case, the SC held that women need not be included as an aggrieved party in the name of making the law even handed. It also explained as to why women should not be involved in prosecution in the cases of adultery.
The Supreme Court held that men were not allowed to prosecute their wives for the offence of adultery in order to protect the sanctity of marriage.
The Supreme Court also rejected the argument that unmarried women should be brought under the purview of the adultery law. The argument was that if an unmarried man establishes adulterous relationship with a married woman, he is liable for punishment, but if an unmarried woman engages in a sexual intercourse with a married man, she would not be held culpable for the offence of adultery, even though both disturb the sanctity of marriage.
Pic Courtesy: The Hindu

Marriage does not mean ceding autonomy of one to the other. Ability to make sexual choices is essential to human liberty. Even within private zones, an individual should be allowed her choice. Society imposes impossible virtues on a woman. Raises her to a pedestal. Confines her to spaces. Objectifies her and says she should be pure. But society has no qualms to commit rape, honour killings, sex-determination and infanticide.

Another raging debate should be whether marital rape be criminalised. Considering developments in other developed and progressive countries as well as the fact that Indian society, too, has undergone changes, it is time to make marital rape a criminal offence.
Even though many countries around the world have taken such strong and progressive steps, India is one of the 36 countries where marital rape is still not a criminal offence and is untouched by the lawmakers of our country.

Sunday, 22 April 2018

You tolerated me.


I wanted to play tough
Thought I could do all just on my own
But even Superwoman
Sometimes needed Superman's soul
(Lines Courtesy: Helium)
You tolerated me, just not my opinions. I never saw it coming. Things have gotten so bad with us lately. I suppose it was only a matter of time before it would come to this. I am not sure why I am allowing myself to feel so guilty. In fact, it was for fear that I would find myself in this position.
P.C: Pinterest

We have changed so much — in some ways for the better, but largely not. At least not together, anyway. I seemingly disappeared slowly as you scrolled endlessly through your phone seeking something to hold your attention  but  never me.
I spoke up to you about it a few times. Even when I did speak up, it seemed to me you chose to do very little about it or rather NOTHING about it. The resentment multiplied and, instead, I slipped deeper and deeper into silence (though I can never be serious :-p ). Not surprisingly but it became lonely there. I found myself trying to fight for us, but it takes two and it never connected.

I can’t say exactly where or when it happened. Only that it did and now I can’t undo it. I can’t even feel all that bad as it was all my mistake. They say we find love when we are least looking for it. I wasn’t looking, I swear. It hit me so unexpectedly, you hit on me. With you so absent in the physical and emotional sense. Maybe you will start to realize it, when I will began spending more time with someone else. It will sound like an excuse to you, I know, but you will gradually realize that I was suffering from the neglect of our relationship and it left me vulnerable. I remember our good times when I felt accepted, valued, supported. I felt beautiful and strong and like all of the pieces of me finally make sense.

(P.S Not my story)

Sunday, 18 February 2018

My Tuna Fish

Have you ever lived that moment when you are already in the train, and you know you will be late anyway, but you are still worried? The same way you are in my life and I am in a state of vulnerability of losing you. I don’t know how to say this to you, but now I might say this that I have nothing to lose. I have already lost everything. If you are reading this you might already know that I am literally broken from inside. You may not have known this but you affected me deeply to a point where I list myself in loving you. There was a time when I used to see my whole life with you, but you shattered my dreams. I have never given so much to someone or cared so much.


Remember the first time when we met, I was driven by your ambition, discipline and your black kurti and a cute little bindi. Slowly and steadily, I fell for you, a love I thought would bring out the best in me or rather us. I don't know why destiny brought us together as we are completely opposite to each other, you are completely a giggly, cute, sundar and good chef kind of a person which you mention always.
I had everything. I felt so alone even while with you. You made me feel alone and vulnerable. I am so much more than this. but It’s okay to retreat someone sometimes. Because a creative life is scary as hell. It takes a lot out of us.
But you returned my love with lies. It does not matter how handsome I look for you or what all I have done for you. I never told you but I did received messages and people saying that you are not worth and you are cheating on me. I decided to ignore it and trust you. No other man will give you as much as I did or love you as much as I do.
All I wanted was love, care and affection that I have for you and wanted the same in return. I always wished the best for you. You never appreciated my love, no self esteem left. You are a very practical person, and I do understand, money is important in everyone’s life, but what will you do by earning so much when you will not have anyone to talk too.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

The Old her Is Slipping Away And That Scares her too much...

“A year from now you may wish you had started today.”Karen Lamb
She was honest, she was only 20 years old and find life hard, she felt like a beginner, she still find herself clueless sometimes, she gets scared and sometimes dread things. But then again she find things are hopeful, she is productive, she is positive and grateful to whatever she have.
She has experienced moments of brilliance when she felt like her work is on fire but then there are also time when she allow things to affect her too much, to drain the life from her chest until it is hollow.

It sometimes feel like losing her foot in the big climb of tree, it is like her grip has slipped.
Writing makes her feel good, as it keeps on reminding her how to stay up, when it seems like things are geared to keep her down.

"Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” Maria Robinson

It may sometimes feel like you should have started to change your life earlier, when you were a kid or in your early 20’s. Or that you should have been born in those right situations, like to be born with a golden spoon. It may feel like it is too late for you.
I understand that how it feels like when one may not be able to change their life in any way they want. There are real limits in everyone’s life and personal development and that is not magic that can just fix anything easily.

#you already know what to do
May be you know it, it could be your social life of your personal life, your confidence, money or health. Or relax for some days and think about it. Take time to focus on this because if you really want something then it becomes a whole lot easier to keep going. Or let your consciousness guide you, ask yourself what would you like to explore in life.
Always remember it is you and only you that can help yourself.

Thursday, 31 August 2017

One year of Togetherness!

In a Journey, the companion is as important as the destination. In my journey till now, I have been fortunate enough to have the company of some wonderful people, who made the journey seem more worth living. It seems it was just yesterday when I met you for the first time and on the coming days we are completing our one big fat year of togetherness. An year of being, a year of happiness, sadness a year of love, and a year of Memories. And memories that are going to be with me for now to forever.


Delhi, we got committed to each other in September last year. I came to know the city’s likes and dislikes, but still there is something left. Still there is an unending quest to know each other. While every passing day I have seen the love grow and our bond getting stronger. Differences are getting erased. Surely there were times, when this city has hurt me or not lived up to my expectations but that’s how we got to know each other best. I don’t really remember where this year flew but it always seems that it is just a small while of us being together. Sometimes I have looked for reasons of why I love you but I did not find any reason. I figured this out there is no reason of why I love you. I love you because you are you. For the person you are and for how you make me feel when we are together. Its like we are half one completing the other. This is our first year of togetherness and there are many more to come. Which will be definitely filled with beautiful memories and yes lots and lots of love. 

Friday, 18 August 2017

To the love of my life!

I was just sitting idle, thinking about what should I write in my next blog?
Things are very different now, but what is that one thing that has particularly questioned me a lot? Well I am seriously done by emotional blogs, and then suddenly this question reminded me of something.
You guys might think that it is a Shaadi.com ka advertisement but trust me it is not. This question comes in the mind of every teenage girl.

I am really a “Snow White (Fairy Tale)” kind of a girl who loves to be in her own fantasy world (but that does not mean I don’t live in present). People who know me can relate to it very well. Right? Chalo Coming straight to the point.
I really don’t know who you are, may be you are the one who smiled at me when I was in a metro, or maybe you the one who stared at me when I was at Tapri (coffee shops are not my cup of Tea). Or may be that best friend of mine I had grown up with. Or may be a random Facebook stranger. You can be anyone, and cherry on the cake is that, it is still a mystery.
Well I have met couple of men who pretended to be like you, which obviously turned out to be bad. And I am pretty sure you must be gone through the same as well. Because my true love is you, and yours is obviously me.
But we haven’t met yet. Or maybe we did a couple of times. You could be the one who tagged me in your Bhakti Posts or you could be the one I broke up last year. May be we know each other but not as how it has to be.
I am really done with the concept of finding you. Vaise Sahi hi hai yaar the more delay you take to find me, more lively and cheerful my life gets. Take your time dear, I am really not in a hurry!!
So better wait for me, or maybe you can choose someone who would completely impersonate as the love of your life, but she isn’t the one you are looking for because that’s me.
But Haan you will have the most amazing + entertaining girl of your life, Trust me on that!


 

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Amor


A girl with the fabulous smile, best dance moves. A girl with a flawless body and even purer heart. A girl who was Sameer’s Best friend. And the girl who fell in love with Sameer but somehow, could not make him fall in love with her.



Sometimes, Love is not a feeling you force upon yourself or someone, it just happens. Unfortunately, life is not a Mohit Suri’s HalfGirlfriend types movie, love isn’t always reciprocated and it doesn’t always end up happily ever after. We all had to learn this hard truth, you wanted to call him just to see how he is or may be that’s too much. You want to share a good news or bad one or you want to tell him about your day or anything interesting that happened, but may be that’s too much as well.

Well the fact is, Love is not really enough. All those fairytales, all those romantic stories and movies you have ever heard and watched lied up to you. Love is never enough. NEVER!

You all would be lying if you guys have not opted for coffee over tapir ki chai, just because your crush or your guy found tapir tacky.

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I want to do it all.. I also want to do absolutely nothing!!

I am still discovering who I am, but at twenty I still have plenty of time for discovering, don’t you think?

Blogging is that passion that lit a spark on that dream of mine which made a place where I could share myself with others but sooner or later I realized that my real dream was helping others be heard by lending them a voice. Discipline is the art which I want to master. I feel myself like a Taxi Driver who is completely absurd regarding her destination yet retaining my “INNOCENCE”.