Rape: Minor’s consent is no consent under law, says court

A court in Maharashtra's Thane has observed that a minor's consent is "no consent in the eyes of law" while awarding seven years' rigorous imprisonment to a 31-year-old man for raping a teenaged girl in 2015.

District Judge PP Jadhav, in his order issued on September 12, also sentenced the accused, Devendra Gupta, to one-year rigorous imprisonment for house trespass. Both the sentences will run concurrently, the court said.

Rahul Gandhi to face trial in RSS defamation case

Congress president Rahul Gandhi will face trial in a defamation case filed against him by an RSS worker, with a court here in Maharashtra on Tuesday framing charges against him even as he pleaded not guilty.

The 47-year-old Congress leader appeared before civil judge A I Sheikh in Bhiwandi, who read out the charges levelled against him and also the statement of the complainant Rajesh Kunte.

Kunte had filed the case in 2014 after watching Gandhi’s speech at an election rally in which he had claimed that the RSS was behind the killing of Mahatma Gandhi.