The Lok Sabha on December 27, 2018 passed the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018, also known as, Triple Talaq Bill. Two hundred forty-five members of the Lok Sabha voted in favour of the bill, while 11 voted against it.
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister NarendraModi on December 28, 2018 approved the proposal for Amendment in the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012 to make punishment more stringent for committing sexual crimes against children.
The Delhi High Court on December 12, 2018 directed that women should be honoured and treated with dignity at workplace and observed that employers must be considerate and sympathetic towards a pregnant employee.
The Delhi High Court on December 12, 2018 ordered a ban on the sale of online medicines by e-pharmacists across the country. The court directed both Central and state government to ensure immediate implementation of the order.
The high court stated that the employer must realise the physical difficulties that a woman would face in performing her duties at the workplace while carrying a baby in her womb or looking after the child after birth.
The Editors Guild of India (EGI) on December 12, 2018 suspended the membership of journalist-turned-politician MJ Akbar and former Tehelka editor TarunTejpal over allegations of sexual misconduct.
The Executive Committee of the EGI also decided to seek a formal response from journalist GautamAdhikari on the charges against him.
The UK court on December 10, 2018 ordered the extradition of Indian business tycoon and liquor baron Vijay Mallya from Britain to India to face charges of fraud filed against him. The decision follows a nine-month-long trial on an extradition warrant, which began with Mallya’s arrest in April 2017 and ended in September.
The Tamil Nadu government on December 9, 2018 launched a 24-hour toll-free helpline ‘181’ for women facing domestic violence and sexual harassment. The initiative was launched by the state’s Chief Minister K Palaniswami.
The Union Government has authorised ten central intelligence, security and tax agencies to intercept, monitor and decrypt all the data contained in “any” computer system. The order was issued on December 20, 2018 by the ‘cyber and information security’ division of the Ministry of Home Affairs(MHA) under the authority of Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba.
The Lok Sabha on December 20, 2018 passed the Consumer Protection Bill 2018. The bill calls for strict punishment, including jail terms and hefty fines for misleading advertisements and food adulteration.
The bill will now go to the Rajya Sabha for discussion. The bill seeks to replace the 2015 Consumer Protection Bill that was introduced to repeal the 30-year-old Consumer Protection Act, 1986. It was originally introduced in the Lok Sabha in January 2018.
President’s rule came into force in Jammu Kashmir from the midnight of December 20, 2018, following the expiry of the six-month-long governor’s rule.President Ram NathKovind signed the proclamation paving the way for imposition of central rule in the state, which was placed under the Governor’s rule on June 20 after the BJP withdrew support to the PDP government led by Mehbooba Mufti.