Exhortations to change the legal age of marriage for women.

The legitimate age of marriage for women in India is 18 years of age which is likely to change from 18 to 21 years. As recommended in the Union budget of the year 2020, the Central Government has formed a task force to revise and amend the women’s legal age for marriage. 

The Finance Minister of India Nirmala Sitharaman talks about scrutinising the marital age of a woman with respect to high maternal mortality rate. As a survey clearly demonstrates that women are dying because of early pregnancy. A committee is formed to submit all the recommendations by July 31.This task force will also ensure to set up an egalitarianism principle with respect to the marital age of spouses in the Country.

(Article by: – Sanyogita)

Centre informs downloading of Aarogya Setu app not mandatory for Travel

The center informs Karnataka High Court that it is not mandatory for the passengers to install Aarogya Setu App for travelling they can undertake the travel by filing a self declaration form. The self – declaration form would contain undertaking that the passenger has not visited to any contaminated zone and that he is free from all covid 19 symptoms.

The bigger issue before the High Court is whether the center can make the Aarogya Setu App mandatory for accessing any government service or facility.

The petitioners were represented by senior advocate Prof Ravivarma Kumar, Colin Gonsalves and advocate Siddharth Baburao and Choudhary Ali Zia Kabir.     

(By – Siddharth Addy) 

Government promulgates IBC Ordinance to Stop insolvency proceedings for Post March 25 defaults.

The President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday promulgated an ordinance to amend the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) to stop fresh insolvency proceedings due to defaults because of the COVID19. 

There will not be initiation of corporate insolvency resolution process of a corporate debtor filed for any default arising on or after 25th March, 2020 for a period of six months, not exceeding one year from such date, according to the ordinance. 

The Amendment has added Section 10 A. which states, Notwithstanding anything contained in Section 7, 9, and 10, no application for initiation of corporate insolvency resolution process of a corporate debtor shall be filed, for any default arising on or after 25th March, 2020 for a period of Six months or such further period, not exceeding one year from such date, as may be notified in this behalf:

Provided that no application shall ever be filed for initiation of corporate insolvency resolution process of corporate debtor for the said default occurring during the said period.

The Amendment of Section 66 was also made according to which after sub section (2), the following sub-section will be inserted, namely; –

(3) Notwithstanding anything contained in this section, no application shall be filed by a resolution professional under sub-section (2), in respect of such default against which initiation of corporate insolvency resolution process is suspended as section 10A”.

It was said that the entire ecosystem for implementation of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 is in place and provisions relating to corporate insolvency resolution process and liquidation process for corporate persons under the Code are in operation, whereas COVID-19 pandemic has impacted business, financial markets and economy all over the world, including India and created uncertainty and stress for business for reasons beyond their control, whereas a nationwide lockdown is in force since 25th March, 2020 to combat the spread of COVID-19 which has added to disruption of normal business operations.

“Whereas, it is difficult to find adequate number of resolution applicants to rescue the corporate person who may default in discharge of their debt obligation, and whereas it is considered expedient to suspend under section 7,9 and 10 of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 to prevent corporate persons which are experiencing distress on accountof unprecedented situation, being pushed into insolvency proceedings under the said Code for some time.

Whereas, it is considered expedient to exclude the defaults arising on account of unprecedented situation for the purposes of Insolvency proceedings under this Code, whereas the parliament is not in session and the President is satisfied that circumstances exist which render it necessary for him to take immediate action”, said in the notification.

(By – Jyoti)