Hafta 380: Murder of B Nagaraju, SC order on sedition, Delhi HC’s split verdict on marital rape

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Hafta 380: Murder of B Nagaraju, SC order on sedition, Delhi HC’s split verdict on marital rape
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This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Mehraj D Lone and Anand Vardhan are joined by Lubhyathi Rangarajan, a lawyer and researcher, and Nikhila Henry, head of the Quint’s South India bureau.

The discussion starts with two recent court developments – the Supreme Court’s staying of the sedition law, and the Delhi High Court’s split verdict on criminalising marital rape.

On the sedition order, Lubhyathi points out that “the language of the affidavit leaves a lot of room for interpretation”, and that the court did not go into the specifics of what a “review” will entail. “This might be an admirable political sentiment to a lot,” she says, “but it’s clearly not.”

Nikhila takes the panel through the murder of Billipuram Nagaraju in Hyderabad, which is being described as an “honour killing” in sections of the media. “This case has a complex structure,” she explains, “with both caste and religion playing an equally important role.”

This and a lot more, only on NL Hafta.

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