Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MP and Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal resigned from the Union Cabinet in protest over Agriculture Market Reforms Bill.
Her party is one of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) oldest allies, and Ms. Badal was its sole representative in the Modi government.
Farmers groups, especially in Punjab and Haryana, have risen in protest against the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020 and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020, which replace the Ordinances promulgated in June.
Nigeria's Kaduna state passed a law under which men convicted of rape will face surgical castration, and death penalty in case of child sex abuse where the victim is under the age of 14 years.
The drastic penalties are essential to protect children from such heinous crimes under the law. This move came after Nigeria reported a dramatic rise in cases of rape amid the COVID-19 restrictions.
This new law will be one of the strictest laws against rapists in Nigeria. Previously Nigeria's Kaduna state had a law under which rapists were sentenced to 21 years of imprisonment for the rape of an adult and life imprisonment in case of the rape of a child.