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Think of harsher punishment for child rape accused: SC
New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Monday said parliament may think of formulating laws providing for harsher punishment for those accused of rape and abuse of minor children.
 
An apex court bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra said this while hearing a petition filed by Supreme Court Women Lawyers Association seeking castration of child rape convicts.
 
The bench told the petitioner's lawyer Mahalakshmi Pavani that emotions and sentiments could not be a basis for framing of laws for providing stringent punishment for convicts. 
 
The court noted Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi's submission that law-making power was within the domain of parliament and the same could not be exercised by courts.
 
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Binny Bansal appointed Flipkart CEO
Bengaluru : Indian e-commerce giant Flipkart on Monday announced that co-founder Binny Bansal will replace Sachin Bansal as the chief executive of the company.
 
Sachin Bansal, also the co-founder of the company, stepped down from the post.
 
"Sachin Bansal, CEO and co-founder of Flipkart will be the executive chairman of the company and Binny Bansal, COO and co-founder of Flipkart will be the chief executive officer," the company said in a statement.
 
As Flipkart's executive chairman, Sachin Bansal will provide strategic direction to the company and mentor the senior leadership.
 
Also continuing to be the chairman of the board, Sachin Bansal will look out for new investment opportunities, champion Indian e-commerce sector and represent Flipkart in external forums, the statement added.
 
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Housewife to head Shani Shingnapur temple trust
Ahmednagar (Maharashtra) : Anita Shetye, a housewife, created history of sort on Monday when she was unanimously appointed the first ever woman chairperson of the world-famous Shani Shingnapur Temple Trust, an official said.
 
Women devotees are not allowed to worship at this temple, dedicated to Lord Shanidev - the personification of planet Saturn.
 
“This is the first time in the temple’s over five centuries old history that this welcome development has taken place today. Another woman, Vaishali Lande, has also been appointed to the board of 11 trustees managing the temple,” Prafull N. Surpuriya, a trustee, confirmed to IANS.
 
Shetye, 40, will enjoy a five-year term in her post along with the other 11 trustees. As mandated, all the trustees are residents of Singnapur and born within the Shingnapur gram panchayat, which has a population of around 1,500.
 
"However, the temple will still continue to debar women devotees from worshipping at the temple," Surpuriya said.
 
“It is an ancient tradition that women are debarred from climbing up the temple steps to pour oil and offer prayers to Shanidev... There’s no reason for us to change traditions,” Surpuriya added.
 
Referring to a recent incident when a young woman unknowingly went up the temple steps and offered prayers before the deity, he pointed out that she admitted it was a genuine mistake and later apologised.
 
“Last month, a group of four women created a ruckus but along with some 400-500 other women, they left without going up to the temple,” Surpuriya explained.
 
Shani Shingnapur is also globally renowned as the only village where the houses do not have doors and locks, and even a local branch of a nationalised bank does not have locks as there is no fear of thieves.
 
Although the temple itself has a much older history, the present form of management and running its activities are over five centuries old, Surpuriya said.
 
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