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Delhi gangrape case: Supreme Court issues notice to Centre

The victim’s father has moved Supreme Court seeking directions to put one of the accused, who was then a minor, on trial by a criminal court by quashing a law that bans such prosecution of juveniles

The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to the union government on a plea filed by father of the 16th December gangrape victim. The plea says that juvenility of an accused needs to be ascertained by a criminal court and not by the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB).


A Bench headed by Justice BS Chauhan also asked the Ministry of Women and Child Development to file its response within four weeks on the issue of ascertaining the ‘minority of an offender’ in heinous cases.


It also sought the records including the statement of the victim that implicated the juvenile offender in the sensational case.


The victim’s father has moved the apex court seeking directions to put one of the accused who was then a minor on trial by a criminal court by quashing a law that bans such prosecution of juveniles.


The juvenile, who was six months short of 18 years at the time of incident, was convicted for gangrape and murder of the 23-year-old girl but he got away with a maximum of three years imprisonment mandated under the juvenile law by the JJB.


The father of the victim, who had said the 31 August 2013 verdict of the Board was not acceptable to the family, has filed the petition in the apex court, saying since they are challenging the constitutional validity of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2000, there is no other authority concerned to which they can approach for such relief.


The victim’s father has sought a direction to declare “as unconstitutional and void the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act to the extent it puts a blanket ban on the power of the criminal courts to try a juvenile offender for offences committed under the IPC“.


The petition filed through advocate Aman Hingorani said the juvenile “is liable to be tried and punished by the criminal courts for the aforesaid offences, complete with the judicial discretion on established principles of law regarding the award of sentence keeping in view, amongst other factors, the nature and gravity of the offence”.


Get the best of online shopping: Here are the survey results

Read Get the best of online shopping for the holiday season, our cover story to understand about marketplace sites, how return & replacement works along with its fine prints and especially to be aware of online fraud. Don’t miss the dos and don’ts to ensure happy online shopping experience.

Moneylife survey had 1,074 savvy respondents willing to share post-Diwali shopping experiences. Of all respondents surveyed, 95% of them gave a 50%+ positive rating to their online shopping experience (chart-5). This confidence probably stems from the fact that e-shoppers are a fairly savvy lot; as many as 72% of them check the credibility of e-commerce sites before shopping, so it is safe to assume that the largest number of complaints come from the 20% who don’t check or the 7.5% who aren’t even sure whether they have checked for credibility (chart-4). Out of 1,074 respondents, 90% of survey respondents will make online purchases in future (chart-6).

The highest responses to Moneylife were from Mumbai (35%) followed by Bengaluru (12%), Delhi (10%) and Pune (7%) as the next three cities that generated significant responses. Books topped the list of online purchases. Our survey showed that electronic items (mainly mobiles) and clothes were next on the list, followed by shoes. Ironically, clothes and electronic items topped the list of products that respondents say they will not buy online. According to our respondents, other products not purchased online are jewellery, food items and furniture.

People are not in favour of online shopping for items that need touch and feel as well as perishable items. Of the 92 respondents who said they do not shop online, 33% said they do not use online shopping because they don’t trust it and 46% need to ‘touch and feel’ a product they buy (chart-2). The two biggest factors for online shopping are: ease and convenience of shopping and price comparison (87%) and discount (62%) (chart-3).

So, which are the most popular online sites? Moneylife’s survey showed that Flipkart is far ahead of the competition for best deals and smooth transactions. Amazon comes next. eBay, Snapdeal and Myntra were others that topped the popularity list. Our respondents vote Flipkart as having the best return & exchange policy followed by eBay, Snapdeal, Amazon and Myntra.

eBay and Snapdeal figure among the top five for positive experiences as well as negative feedback. These two sites are also high on best deals as well as best return & exchange policy. Indiatimes and Rediff rate high on negative experience of consumers.

As many as 39% of respondents to Moneylife’s survey said they had encountered some problems with their online purchases. Of these, 31% said the product was not delivered after payment; this makes COD a better option. Around 46% of these said that the product sent to them was different from what was shown on the site and 33% had received a damaged piece. 39% had a harrowing experience for return & exchange (chart-7).




3 years ago

For Guwahati, Homeshop18 dont have reverse pickup. So if there is an issue of return of product. they go to the extent of asking a 80 years old person to self courier it them. by spending money with courier company. And only than they will take the necessary step to consider for exchange the product. Worst service from their call centre also. after explaining the matter for one and half hour to the managers and everyone. Still they are adamant to not understand the matter. Considering the age of the person, which is 80 years. Would not he himself buy it from shop ,instead of online ordering bedsheets. Without any considerate behaviour from homeshop18. Worst service in Guwahati for sure.

Raj Amesh

3 years ago

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India: November PMI suggests rising output, easing price pressures

HSBC PMI for India rose to 51.3 in November from 49.6 in October led by a pickup in output and new orders

’s manufacturing purchasing manager index (PMI) rose to 51.3 in November from 49.6 in October, above the expansion/ contraction threshold of 50 and led by a pickup in output and new orders.


HSBC India has said that companies have raised their production level for the first time in the last seven months, which resulted in PMI to climb to above 50 level in November.


Leif Eskesen, chief economist for India and Asia at HSBC said, “Manufacturing activity picked up led by a rise in new domestic orders, which helped pull up output growth. Encouragingly, input and output price inflation eased, which, if sustained, could imply that the RBI is getting closer to the end of its tightening cycle, although it may still need to notch rates up a bit further.”


HSBC India PMI is a composite index depicting operating conditions in the manufacturing sector. It rose to 51.3 in November from 49.6 in October.


For the first time after July, the index is above 50. This also shows that output has increased so as new orders, while there is modest growth of input buying.


The output index jumped to 51.5, its first reading above 50 in the last seven months, up from 48.6 in October and led by the consumer goods sector.


New orders rose to 51.9 in November from 48.9 in October, its first reading above 50 in the last six months, led by the consumer goods sector likely because of the good summer harvest. However, export orders eased to 50.6 from 52.3 in October, which indicates marginal slack in external demand.


Firms de-stocked finished goods inventories to meet demand, as power outages constrained operations. As a result, the new orders-to-inventory ratio rose to 1.03 in November from 0.94 in October, which suggests scope for manufacturing output to increase further if the improvement in the demand outlook continues.


On inflation, the input price index dropped sharply to 58.0 in November from 64.5 in October, reversing the steep uptrend of the previous five months and likely reflecting rupee appreciation over the last three months. Likewise, the output price index eased to 51.9 from 55.3, which suggests that firms responded to the decline in input costs. As the input price index fell more than the output price index, the ratio of output to input prices – a proxy for margins – improved this month.


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