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sufficient breaks for victims of child abuse or rape while testifying. Produce Hadiya on Nov. 27: SC tells father Asking whether there is any bar in law against an adult woman marrying a criminal, the Supreme Court ordered the production of Akhila alias Hadiya, a Hindu girl in Kerala who converted to Islam and subsequently married a Muslim , before it at 3 p.m. on November 27. A Bench, led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, said the court first wanted to know whether her conversion to Islam and marriage to Shafin Jahan was of her own volition . The court overrode the submissions made by the girl’s father, in whose custody she is, that she had been indoctrinated and her consent should not be treated as absolute . The father, represented by senior advocate Shyam Divan, submitted that Mr. Jahan was a pawn in a “huge organisational apparatus” to radicalise young persons in Kerala. The National Investigation Agency (NIA ), represented by Additional Solicitor- General Maninder Singh, said a report was filed showing how a well-oiled machine was at work indoctrinating women. The Supreme Court has repeatedly questioned how the Kerala High Court could annul the marriage and transfer the custody of an adult to her father, on the basis of a habeas corpus petition filed by the father. “We will hear logical and legal arguments on two issues — can the HC nullify a marriage exercising jurisdiction under Article 226 and was an NIA probe necessary,” Chief Justice Misra had observed.
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CURRENT AFFAIRS OCTOBER 2017 33 | Page 9004078746 [email protected] POLITY 2. INDEPENDENT BODIES Ex-SC judges could soon be appointed NHRC chiefs The Home Ministry has moved the Cabinet to amend the recruitment process of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). A key change being contemplated is that a retired Supreme Court judge could also be considered for the Chairperson’s position, currently reserved for former Chief Justices of the Supreme Court . Similarly an amendment for appointment of members is also being considered .
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CURRENT AFFAIRS OCTOBER 2017 34 | Page 9004078746 [email protected] The members could be picked from a pool of retired Chief Justices of High Courts. Currently, a serving or retired SC judge is considered. The NHRC was constituted under the Protection of Human Rights Act in 1993. The Act was last amended in 2006. The Commission consists of a chairperson, one member who is or has been a Judge of the Supreme Court, one member who is or has been the Chief Justice of a High Court and two members to be appointed from among persons having knowledge of, or practical experience in, matters relating to human rights. The chairperson and members are appointed by the President on recommendations from a six- member committee chaired by the Prime Minister.
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