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Adultery is no longer a crime following a landmark ruling Thursday by the country’s highest court.

Under the British colonial-era law in India, a man who had sex with a married woman without her husband’s blessing could be charged, convicted and sentenced up to five years in prison.

The law gave the husband the right to bring charges against his wife’s lover but failed to grant a wife power to do the same.

There is no data on how many men have been prosecuted under the law.

The Indian Supreme Court on Thursday struck down the law. “It’s time to say that (a) husband is not the master of (his) wife,” Chief Justice Dipak Misra said as he read the judgement. “Legal sovereignty of one sex over the other sex is wrong.”

Adultery.

Businessman Joseph Shine challenged the court to strike down the law, arguing it was discriminatory against women and arbitrary.

In its ruling, the court said an extramarital affair was a private matter between adults and is still a valid reason for divorce.

This is the second colonial-era law dealing with sexual rights struck down by India’s top court this month. In another unanimous decision, the court overturned a law criminalizing consensual gay sex.

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Kahiga: I regret appointing Karugu my deputy

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Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga says he regrets picking his deputy, Ms Caroline Karugu, as she no longer attends county functions.

Speaking at the county headquarters on Thursday, Mr Kahiga termed it one of the wrong decisions he has made as governor.

He spoke while addressing the third cohort of interns.

“Sometimes I look at the decisions I make and I think that appointing her as my deputy was wrong,” he said. The two have been at loggerheads for a while now.

Their falling out saw them use social media to hit out at each other on several occasions, which saw employees attached to her office being transferred to other departments.

She is said to have made matters worse when she lauded Kiambu members of the county assembly for impeaching Governor Ferdinand Waititu.

Last year, Mr Kahiga said that he does not see his deputy as she never reports to work.

He accused her of failing to participate in the running of the county and instead choosing to focus on other things.

However, Ms Karugu, who chairs the council of deputy governors, has in the past maintained that the governor had not assigned her any duties and the law was not clear on what her responsibilities were.

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Ms Karugu is the third deputy governor in the county after Mr Kahiga was elevated to Governor following the death of the third Governor of Nyeri Wahome Gakuru in a road accident four years ago.

She maintained that she served the people of Nyeri by going to the villages and grassroots level rather than waiting for them in the office.

Mr Kahiga said he had learnt from his mistake and would not repeat it.

He maintained that as he picks his deputy governor for the 2022 elections, where he is expected to defend his seat, he would be more careful.

“It is my fault, it is my mistake and I carry it with me because when that person is not performing, is not here with us, that clearly states one thing that I made a wrong decision,” he added.

Reached for comment, Ms Karugu said the governor’s roles were clearly defined in the constitution, and accused Mr Kahiga of using her as an excuse for failure to deliver on his mandate.

“He needs to tell the people of Nyeri what he has delivered so far and stop focusing on his deputy whom he has not given any specific duty. I have fulfilled all responsibilities delegated to me at all time,” Ms Karugu said.

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“I am also chair of the Council of Deputy Governors and I have lobbied that deputy governors get constitutional duties that are devoid of myopic politics and that help in the development agenda of the counties,” she added.

by Nation

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Man drafts own eulogy ‘because he knows self better’

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A 74-year-old man from Mbombo Maragua in Murang’a has become the talk of his village after he dug his own grave where he would like to be interred once he dies.

Samuel Karanja has also drafted a eulogy to be read during his funeral. The retired teacher has demanded that attendees of his funeral be given copies of the eulogy to read from home.

“I have written my life history because no one knows me better than I know myself,” he said.

Karanja has given instructions on how he would like to be laid in his grave, indicating he would not like to be buried under the soil. Karanja started by preparing his graveside- a single-roomed cavern and planted colorful flower around it.

The room that stands near his house cost him nearly Sh100,000, Karanja says. Karanja now says his next step would be getting a casket, which he will put in the grave’ awaiting his death.

The former teacher argues that this is not an extraordinary thing as everybody is bound to die and thus it is good to prepare for it.

Rains heavily

He narrated that back in 1997 when his father died, it rained heavily on the burial day and he was left to fill the grave with the soil after people ran to seek shelter.

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“That is what formed my decision. I decided to prepare my own grave so that people will not be troubled when I die” he said.

His action has shocked family members and villagers, who say they do not understand why the man has made this move. According to Karanja’s wife, Jane Wanjira, her husband built a small house, but did not disclose his intention until recently. She said her husband has lately become quite secretive.

Wanjira said Karanja does not wear a shirt all day, whether it is freezing cold or sweltering hot.

“I feel he could be having a mental problem that prompt him to do such things,” she said.

She said the man who was a staunch follower of Salvation Army stopped going to church without giving any reasons.

Villagers now believe Karanja is courting his own death by making the grave since he is still in good health.

“We have never heard of such a thing. We are shocked to see someone preparing his own grave,” said the residents.

By PD.co.ke

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‘I dated a violent married politician,’ Karen Nyamu on why she will never get married

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Politician and Lawyer Karen Nyamu says she dated a violent politician who changed her mind to ever get married.

Speaking during an interview with Massawe Japanni on Radio Jambo, Karen said she dated the married politician for two years.

Karen was working in his company then.

I  love having children and getting a family is a good thing but I have made the decision based on my past experience. There was insecurity and obsessiveness

“I am not interested in getting married after my past experience with a man who turned out to be very violent. I was in my early 20’s and he was in government.”

Karen who vied for Nairobi Women representative position in 2017, said the politician was also very protective and she felt very insecure with men.

Asked on whether she reported the matter to the police, Karen said;

“I was very young and the guy was famous. I felt very intimidated that even if I report nothing would be done to him and so I did not report. I thank God I left the relationship.”

Karen, however, said that she is looking forward to getting three kids.

By Mpasho.co.ke

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