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  • Do movies portray Marital Rape or Sexual Violence?

    Movies are considered as the visual representation of the world that we are living in. No one dislikes watching movies. But do we understand one thing that the audience gets so much engaged in a particular story that they forget the real world? The audience seems to be in a fantasy world where even if the movie shows a controversial story or a morally incorrect plotline, people seem to be okay with it. None of the stories exist in a vacuum and it is the utmost responsibility of the filmmaker, directors, and producers to show something legal, relevant, and acceptable by the audience at large. However, they struggle to strike that balance. Starring Rani Mukherjee and Shadaab Khan in Raja ki Aayegi Baraat directed by Ashok Gaikwad in 1997, this movie was a super hit and was accepted by a wide audience. There was no question raised regarding the story of the movie and how did the filmmaker think of producing such movies. The movie showed the lead hero Shadaab Khan as Raja who is a rapist. He rapes Mala cast by Rani Mukherjee. However, the court ordered Mala to marry Raja. This is a very false representation of the court shown where a vague judgment is given. The same situation and same sort of story were shown in the movie "Benaam Badsha" starring Anil Kapoor and Juhi Chawla. Anil Kapoor as Deepak grows up abandoned and rapes Jyoti portraying Juhu Chawla on her wedding day. However, to a great surprise, Jyoti tries to reform him and as a result, decides to move in with him. Marital rape is something that is still largely untouched by the filmmaker. There are other controversial movies like Provoked and Saath Khoon Maaf which portrayed sexual violence in marriage. Raja ki Aayegi Baraat and Benaam Badshah portrayed an unacceptable story. The place where victims and accused come and seek their trials and bails, how can such movies show that justice has given the order to marry the rapist's victim. To everyone's surprise, the movie portrayed the victim to be agreeing to the fact of marrying her rapist. There was one more South Indian hit movie that was dubbed and remade in Bollywood known as "Tejaswini" which portrayed a similar situation. The question which arises is why didn't these movies show the rigorous punishment of the rapists? Why didn't the filmmaker show the victory of the victim who fought amongst the odds and her rapist leads to imprisonment? The answer to this is we are only focussing on why and not how laws have been amended and repealed. We must agree to the fact that movies in the 70s,80s, and 90s cannot be similar. Controversies and questions might have been raised at that time but as technology is increasing, the mindset of people is changing and movies at present times are quite different and even portray a very strong meaning. Legal Actions Before beginning, the law says "Sex by husband is not rape, it does not matter if it is without consent or forcefully". The word marital rape is having sexual intercourse with own spouse without consent or by compelling or danger. Section 375 of the Indian Penal code is rape. According to the Indian penal Code, marital rape constitutes a punishment of up to 15 years. Marital rape may not have a specific place in the legislature, but IPC has not excluded marital rape from its definition of rape as said in Article 145. Rape along with spousal rape is very much illegal and constitutes 8 years of punishment. There should be an extra-legal step if the rapist agrees to marry the victim which has no specific mention in law till now. Role of Media and Entertainment laws As movies play a very important part in my life, so do the media and entertainment laws. Under Article 19 (1) (A) Film laws in India, such kinds of films should be banned. It guarantees freedom of speech and expression as extended to the press. Thus it is regulated under this constitution. It even falls under the censorship of films as the movies portrayed something offensive. The role of these laws is to protect the freedom of expression, media freedom, and technical standards. Section 4 of the Cinematograph Act, 1952 is the procedure to examine the film before the release. Every movie should be checked along with the storyline before the release. The movies must be made in a way that conveys a positive message and a moral value to be remembered for the rest of life. If any wrong is shown as it was in Raja ki Aayegi Baraat and Benaam Badshah, such movies should have a legal injunction. There might not be any specific section under media or entertainment laws but the Indian Penal Code, Copyright play a very important part. Under the Cinematograph Act, 1952, a person who is found guilty of a violation for exhibiting movies that can violate someone's rights is punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 3 years, or with a fine which may extend to Rs. 1/-lakh, or with both. The Broadcasting Agency should also note or take care about such stories which are portrayed in the movies. Section 5 of the Cinematograph Act gives guidance in certifying films that can be released and shown to the audience. Even the central government has the right to suspend films if it is a violation. Then why not such films? It might be because at those times, there were no strict laws or differences in mindset or people were very less concerned about such things shown in movies and analyzing them with reality. Conclusion Provoked and Lipstick under my Burkha are such movies that showed the ill sides and horror abuse of marital rape where it is merely not a crime in India. Marital rape though constitutes a crime but does not have a mention in the constitution. And this is the advantage which is taken by those criminals in finishing the life of a victim. Any husband can rape a wife who is above 15 years old, then what laws would help her? How will she come out from the dark web? To sum up, such movies must be created which portray the rape victim as fearless and bold and coming out of such thing. The movies must be made in comparison to the old blockbuster hits which showed a wrong thing and hence should portray the victim as a fighter. Law is blind and so are the filmmakers. It's high time now for the legislature to make a strict section particularly for marital rape otherwise such kinds of movies would come out and it must be agreed that it is such a disrespectful thing even for justice as the movies portrayed courts giving this kind of unfair order. 32 countries of the world have not yet criminalized marital rape, amongst which one of them is India. The thing doesn't end here. There have been petitions filed to make marital rape an offense but no actions were taken. A woman filed a petition in 2015, to declare marital rape an offense, but the apex court stated: "law should not change for one woman". In the case of Arnesh Kumar vs the State of Bihar, the court stated that if marital rape is criminalized, the social and family life system will be collapsed. Even if remedies are available for women, marital rape should be criminalized and made a criminal offense such as in countries like Belarus, Belgium, Bhutan, Bhutan, Bulgaria, etc. The UN Committee too recommended that the goverment should criminalize marital rapes.

  • Editorial: Let Joe Biden Run Again

    By Will Allen It seems like a given rule that presidents are expected to seek re-election. There are just six examples of incumbent presidents who haven’t run for a second term – which makes it a highly unusual exercise to even question whether the incumbent should run again. However, America isn’t sticking to this time-honoured rule with Joe Biden, who is still yet to announce his re-election bid (although it appears imminent). Just about everyone has an opinion, and surprisingly many – even those in his own party – are stating Biden shouldn’t run. Personally, I am not one of those people. I think the debate over Biden and his now impending re-election bid have gotten out of hand. Biden should run again because, well, he’s the president and he’s doing a good job. There are of course cases where presidents should not run for re-election. The most obvious case to argue against the incumbent’s re-election is if they are deeply unpopular, which of course Biden is not. Tracking Biden in the polls reveals that he is by no means a wildly popular president. But critically neither is Biden wildly unpopular – according to Fivethirtyeight’s aggregate of approval ratings from various pollsters, approval of Biden sits at around 43%. That figure isn’t terrific, it is a lower rating than the last three presidents to get re-elected. But the metric isn’t something we should be running to to discredit the current president’s electability. Biden’s approval rating currently is higher than Ronald Reagan’s was at this point in time and Reagan went on to win his re-election bid – so why can’t Biden? And we should also acknowledge that Biden’s approval rating has been on the move – with Biden steadily becoming more popular since last summer. His approval gap has narrowed from a +19.0 to +7.8, which should encourage democrats that the president definitely isn’t out of the running. Critics should also be mindful of what they are asking for – a democrat who isn’t Joe Biden. Let’s say they get what they want, who would they want as a nominee instead of the president? The options are seemingly endless, and a viable candidates simply won’t emerge until the day Biden ever said he wasn’t running – which presents a problem. Do they want his vice president Kamala Harris? How about Pete Buttigieg, Gavin Newsom, or some other centrist? What about a progressive like Elizabeth Warren armed with plans? In the end it appears the answer would most likely be Kamala Harris, but this only invites the same questions that critics are posing to Biden – her polling isn’t strong. In fact, it’s currently weaker than the man they don’t want to run again in 2024. However, this problem isn’t just specific to Harris, most of the polling shows that the slew of potential democratic candidates are weaker than Biden. Democrats should also fear a replacement because it means navigating an open primary – an event that would be a disaster. Primaries at the best of times are time consuming, extremely expensive, and exhaustive to the party apparatus. Holding one a mere handful of months out from the 2024 election is not a smart move if you are concerned with winning a gruelling general election, let alone a brutal Senate map. A primary to replace Biden would undoubtedly draw candidates from far and wide into the race, inviting a set of brutal debates that will fracture what is currently a united party under Biden’s leadership. A primary then will divert the party’s attention and money from doing the very thing Biden’s chief critics want – winning the presidency. Aside from party politics, Biden also has a record to run on in 2024. In his first two years, despite the frequent infuriating actions of some within his party, Biden passed a lot of legislation – and by a lot I mean a heck of a lot. Biden kicked off his presidency with the American Rescue Plan, which laid the groundwork for the country’s strong economic progress since emerging from the pandemic in 2021. In his first two years in office Biden has overseen the creation of 12 million jobs, more than any president created in a full four-year term. Unemployment is at historic lows, job hiring remains persistently strong and the United States has managed, against all odds, to avoid a deeply damaging recession many economists predicted – in large part due to the strength of the ARP that Biden championed. The American Rescue Plan also included provisions like the expanded child tax credit, which slashed child poverty by 30%. We should all give credit where credit is due, and Biden deserves a lot of credit for the economic outlook that presents itself today. Biden has also passed a lot more than just the American Rescue Plan. He eventually signed a second transformational reconciliation package into law, the Inflation Reduction Act – which pumps billions of dollars into investing in the fight against climate change. The legislation also cut the costs of prescription drugs for those on Medicare. If you need an idea of just how powerful this provision has been, just look to the fact it has since pushed the largest producers of insulin to finally cut costs for every American, not just those on Medicare. Aside from these truly historic bills, Biden has signed bipartisan legislation on infrastructure, gun control reform and science funding to counter the rise of China in strategic sectors. When held up by congress Biden hasn’t sat idly by, he’s picked up his pen and signed countless executive orders. These orders tackle issues such as gun violence, reproductive rights and of course student debt forgiveness. Despite debt cancelation being held up in litigation, Biden has still managed to do things such as increase the maximum value of Pell Grants. As it stands his legislative record is one of the most transformational in recent history – and as one democratic strategist stated, “If any other president had his record of accomplishments, this wouldn’t even be a question”. Of course, Biden’s record isn’t perfect, there was Afghanistan, the most recent go-ahead for the ‘Willow’ project in Alaska and other blunders. But critics should again be mindful that no president’s record is perfect, and on balance Biden’s makes him a remarkably successful president. However, America’s chief concern over whether Biden should run again stems from the fact he’s 80, an octogenarian. This is of course entirely fair to question to level – should the oldest president ever elected (who is only getting older) seek a second term? After all, the presidency is not an easy job, it’s gruelling. It’s a job which demands the president’s full attention every hour of every day for four long years – Biden’s age brings into question whether he can handle such a job. By the end of a second term Biden would be well into his 80s (86), an age which calls into question a whole range of things such as physical fitness, mental decline, even that of death. Death and mental decline are notattractive things, and it’s not easy to rebut them because they are not trivial things at all. The best we can say is that Biden remains in remarkably good health (according to his White House doctor he has remarkably low levels of cholesterol and shows no signs of mental decline). There are also no signs of earlier brain aneurysms making any reoccurrence, despite what his critics say. As a result, we can only rest on the advice and findings Biden’s doctor gives to the president – which currently make the case he is fit to run. If signs of mental decline were to set in, which we can only ever speculate about, the line at which intervention occurs is not a clear cut one which presents a difficulty. There is however, the 25th Amendment, which provides a backstop against the overarching danger mental decline presents in a president. As it stands the amendment looks like it won’t ever be needed. Yet it remains there for Kamala Harris, his much younger vice president, to become acting president if such a scenario ever unfolds. In a perfect world, it might be healthy for democrats to continue airing out questions over whether Biden should run – that time is however up. Democrats need to put this question to rest. If they want to win in 2024, Biden is quite simply the best shot they have at retaining the presidency. Despite qualms about his age, he has a commanding legislative record to sell and a united party to help him – they should let him run.

  • Artificial Intelligence: Reason to Fear or Embrace?

    According to Grand View Research, the global AI market size is predicted to reach $1,811.8 billion by 2030, up from $136.6 billion in 2022 with a CAGR of 38.1%. While there are many misconceptions regarding AI and the potential developments that it may lead to, it is essential to analyse the reasons for many companies investing in this technology. A study by IBM found that at present approximately 77 per cent of companies are either using AI or exploring AI for further research into implementation. This editorial piece aims to explore the debate surrounding the fear as a consequence of artificial intelligence and provide the argument that it generates a net positive result. Origins of Artificial Intelligence Criticism of AI is not new, it has been the case since its advent in the 1940s. Alan Turing was the first to implicitly evoke the idea of machines improving and modifying their own program under his stored-program concept. The famous “Turing Test” conducted in 1950, was essential in understanding intelligent behavior. In his paper, Turing described the experiment as an imitation game, whereby the computer must provide answers that closely resemble that of a human being. With an interrogator present in a separate disclosed room, they were required to distinguish between the human and computer subjects solely on the responses received to a set of posed questions. Scientists to date debate whether passing the Turing test should be considered the perfect tool for computers exhibiting “intelligence.” The term “Artificial Intelligence” was then coined in 1955 by John McCarthy, a computer and cognitive scientist. He would later rightly be known as the father of artificial intelligence for also developing the first computer language for symbolic computation, used in a multitude of areas within the field of AI. The period between 1974 to 1980, however, was shadowed as the “AI Winter” due to governments' collapse in funding. This was spurred by the culmination of the oil crisis along with the loss of faith in AI, as it failed to meet expectations. Use-Cases and Benefits At present with greater infrastructure, AI can be used for task expedition, improved coordination, and feed into the demands of a new leisure society. The impact can be observed in various value chains within businesses including manufacturing, retail, education, and healthcare. For example, Mckinsey Global Insititute Analysis observed that the current use-case of AI as a prediction tool through machine learning has led to a 13 per cent improvement in EBIT for manufacturing. This was mainly achieved by automating the procurement processes and using AI for better R&D procedures. AI also consequently contributed to enriching the overall user experiences by reducing costs, which resulted in less levied burdens on the market prices. In this particular case, fuel savings were boosted by 12 per cent through the employment of optimized flight routes for transportation. In healthcare, an AI software developed by researchers at Houston Methodist Research Institute, increased accuracy to 99 per cent and speed by 30 times, more than that of a human doctor in reviewing mammograms. The Chair of the Department of Systems Medicine and Bioengineering at the institute said, “This software intelligently reviews millions of records in a short amount of time, enabling us to determine breast cancer risk more efficiently using a patient's mammogram.” This is crucial because as per the American Cancer Society, in reality, a high number of diagnoses can yield false-positive results. Therefore the use of AI in such situations can avoid patients from undergoing unnecessary invasive procedures or biopsies. Healthcare in the near future will need to cope with the increasing workforce demands, and maintain a level of sustainability. By 2030, there would be a shortfall of an estimated 10 million physicians, nurses, and midwives globally over the same period, mostly in low- and lower-middle-income countries, according to the World Health Organization. Such gaps can be met with the adoption and scaling of AI solutions to reduce hours spent on administrative or routine tasks. Companies, including Content Technologies and Carnegie Learning, are examples of AI deployment in education. These digital platforms are constructed to use the individualised learning approach and to add customisations at par with the students’ respective understanding levels. With greater advancements in this tech, such tailored styles could become the norm, especially aiding those with undiagnosed learning disabilities. In 2015, John F. Pane and his colleagues at RAND Corp. found that 11,000 students at 62 schools had greater gains in mathematics and reading when they used individualised learning plans (ILP), as compared to others in a more traditional setting. While this remains to be the most comprehensive study to date, with more concentration on AI technology, barriers can be eliminated for rounded research to further understand such benefits. Through video and image analytics, criminal justice can be improved by providing investigative assistance. Convolutional Neural Network (CNN), a deep learning algorithm, is developed to increase accuracy in image classification. Apart from facial recognition, forensic laboratories can use AI in DNA testing to process degraded evidence after long periods of time. Recently, Forensic and National Security Science Institute (FNSSI) professors, Micheal Marciano and Jonathan Adelman were the first to invent a novel hybrid machine learning approach (MLA) that provides high-confidence results. Internet companies like PayPal have also relied on AI for identifying fraud attempts by training their algorithms to detect anomalies in patterns or new patterns. Addressing Concerns As the decision-making role of AI increases within institutions, there is a fear surrounding the accompanied risks. Even with more complex programs, the data often reflects past inequities thereby causing interferences through unwanted biases. A study conducted by Joy Buolamwini and Timnit Gebru at MIT concluded that facial analysis tech has a lesser success rate with minorities, especially women, due to a lack of available training data. However, progress is being made to rectify such system errors through either pre-processing or post-processing techniques. For example, Silvia Chiappa, a research scientist at DeepMind, developed a path-specific counterfactual method that takes into account the effect on outcomes due to sensitive attributes. Governing bodies such as the European Commission proposed the Artificial Intelligence Act in 2021, to introduce a safety framework and to prevent any unethical prejudices. Fear stemming from the advancement in AI can be attributed to the myth of catastrophic superintelligence, usually due to the media consumed. The human-like qualities instill the misconception that it may one day replace mankind, however, these are purely irrational and impractical in the real world. AI can be considered a disruptive technology, only in the progressive sense as it streamlines processes and provides greater efficiency within organisations.

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The Eurocentric portrayal of the media and the lack of coverage given to issues such as the Sudan floods and Yemen’s humanitarian crisis led to a conclusion that demanded greater diversity and inclusion. Brexit Policy 03 29th January, 2019 In light of the UK’s departure from the European Union on the 31st of January 2019, our discussion had tackled the nature of UK-EU relations after Brexit and their impact on existing policies, as well as the proposal of potential new ones. This also included a nod to Britain’s focus on foreign policy, and the scaling up of its diplomatic footprint, largely in relation to its potential pivot towards Africa. Universal Healthcare Policy 04 7th February, 2019 This discussion saw our membership tackling the feasibility of a universal healthcare system and what it would potentially look like in the future. The discussion first approached the shortcomings of existing healthcare systems around the world. 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