This week’s top stories include a retirement announcement by Sania Mirza, calls for action after the Ashling Murphy murder, Dr Bushra Ateeq being awarded by Sun Pharma and others. With our utmost attention, let’s catch up with the top stories concerning women this week.
1. Supreme Court extends women’s right to parents’ property prior to 1956
The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that daughters have an equal right to their father’s property even before the codification of Hindu personal laws and the enactment of the Hindu Succession Act in 1956 and that the law of inheritance would apply to property partition even if the father died intestate prior to 1956. Self-acquired properties of a person who died intestate in 1949 would devolve on his sole daughter, despite the man admittedly living in a joint family, and could not have passed on to the deceased person’s brother on the basis of the survivorship law in effect prior to 1956, and upon his death to his children, according to a bench of Justices S Abdul Nazeer and Krishna Murari.
2. Six-time Grand Slam winner Sania Mirza announces her retirement
▫️Six-time Grand Slam doubles champion
▫️Former world No. 1
▫️Two-time @WTAFinals champion
— ITF (@ITFTennis) January 20, 2022
Sania Mirza announced her retirement on January 19 after losing the women’s doubles final at the Australian Open. For the past 20 years, tennis player has controlled the courts. She has stated that the current season will be her final. Sania became the first Indian female tennis player to be ranked No. 1 in the world in the doubles event. She is also the first Indian woman to win a Grand Slam tournament. Mirza revealed that her knee was in excruciating pain during the match on January 19 and that she believes it is time for her to rest. On social media, her followers and sports fans reacted positively to her statement. They wished her luck for the next season and remembered her accomplishments throughout the years.
3. Calls for action on gender-based violence after Ashling Murphy killing
Following the murder of Ashling Murphy, a 23-year-old woman, campaigners have called for an end to Ireland’s “scattered” response to gender-based violence. The primary school teacher was strangled on a canal path in the town of Tullamore while out jogging on Wednesday afternoon, and Irish police are still looking for her attacker. Thousands of people attended vigils in Dublin, Cork, Belfast, London, and New York over the weekend as a result of the murder, which has sparked outrage and horror across the country. On Tuesday, she will be laid to rest. There has been a chorus of appeals for the government to take greater action and to end “turf battles” between the departments of justice, children’s services, health, and others over who is accountable for specific aspects of assistance for victims of domestic, sexual, and gender-based abuse.
4. IIT Kanpur Associate Professor, Dr Bushra Ateeq is awarded by Sun Pharma
#IITKanpur congratulates Dr. Bushra Ateeq on being elected for the Sun Pharma Science Foundation Research Award-2021 in the Medical Sciences- Basic Research category.#award #facultyawards #iitkfaculty #itsiitk #research #medicalscience pic.twitter.com/VwXhnHciyz
— IIT Kanpur (@IITKanpur) January 21, 2022
Dr Bushra Ateeq, along with three other scientists, has been selected for the prestigious Sun Pharma Research Foundation Research Award-2021 for their substantial achievements in the promotion of science. She also worked as a Research Associate at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi for a short time. Dr Bushra Ateeq is a cancer biology and molecular oncology researcher and Associate Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur. Her primary scientific interest is in the study of genetic and epigenetic alterations. “She is also concentrating on understanding the molecular mechanisms that promote cancer metastasis and resistance to chemotherapeutic medicines,” the institution added in a description of her research to the article. The award, given by Sun Pharma, honours Indian scientists who have made important contributions to the progress of science.
5. YouTuber Prajakta Koli becomes First UNDP India Youth Climate Champion
On Friday, YouTuber Prajakta Koli was named the first UN Development Program (UNDP) India Youth Climate Champion by the UN Development Programme-India. Prajakta Koli, often known on YouTube as “Mostlysane,” is an Indian YouTuber and actor noted for his hilarious videos. Koli will be constantly in contact with young people in order to raise awareness about the negative effects of climate change, global warming, and biodiversity loss on all segments of society, especially the poor and marginalized, which are affecting their lives and livelihoods, as well as the economy as a whole. She’ll discuss the value of collective action by sharing inspiring stories of how governments, communities, and individuals are working together to make a difference.
6. An 18-year-old summoned by Delhi Police for his remarks against Muslim women in Clubhouse case
The Delhi Police started their probe on the Clubhouse chatroom issue earlier this week. The chatroom allegedly made vulgar and insulting statements about Muslim women. The police in Uttar Pradesh summoned an 18-year-old kid named Rahul Kapoor in connection with the crime. Kapoor is under investigation for reportedly making filthy comments in the Clubhouse chatroom.
7. Smriti Mandhana is the only Indian named in ICC T20I Team of the Year list
🇮🇳🥳 CONGRATULATIONS! Smriti Mandhana has earned herself a spot in the ICC Women's T20I Team of the Year. The southpaw scored 255 runs last year at a strike-rate of 131.44,which included 2️⃣ fifties as well. pic.twitter.com/MtEQyF7ZhL
— The Bharat Army (@thebharatarmy) January 20, 2022
Smriti Mandhana, an Indian cricketer and renowned opener, was chosen to the ICC T20 Women’s Team of the Year on Wednesday. She was the only Indian cricketer named on the International Cricket Council’s 2021 list, as there were no Indian players on the men’s list. Mandhana is the Indian women’s cricket team’s vice-captain. With 255 runs at an average of 31.87, she was the best scorer in the T20 format in 2021. During the second One-Day International match between India and South Africa, she set a world record by scoring 80 runs off 64 balls and remaining undefeated. She had three sixes and had been awake for ten hours. As a result, she became the first cricketer, male or female, to achieve ten successive fifties in an ODI chase.
8. PV Sindhu makes it to the top 10 highest-paid female athletes of the world
Forbes’ list of the top 10 highest-paid female athletes for 2021 includes five members of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), illustrating the enormous progress made by women in sports. PV Sindhu, a badminton player, was rated seventh with $7.2 million in total earnings, while tennis star Naomi Osaka was first. Sindhu won a bronze medal in Tokyo last year after winning silver in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, making her the first Indian woman to win two Olympic medals. According to Forbes’ latest estimations, the world’s ten highest-paid female athletes earned a combined $167 million before taxes in 2021, up 23% from 2020 and up 16% from the previous high of $143.3 million set in 2013.
9. Seema Kushwaha, the lawyer in the Nirbhaya case, has joined the BSP ahead of the UP elections
On January 20, Supreme Court Advocate Seema Kushwaha, who represented the Nirbhaya family in the 2012 Nirbhaya case, joined the Bahujan Samaj Party. Kushwaha is from Uttar Pradesh’s Etawah area, and she rose to prominence after representing a lady who was raped and died in 2012. The Nirbhaya case garnered news and resulted in legislation reforming crimes against women. The death penalty was imposed on all four defendants in the case, and they were all hanged at Tihar prison on March 20, 2020.
10. SC notice to govt on fixed intake of women in military colleges
The Supreme Court on Tuesday demanded an explanation from the federal government as to why it continued to use the 2021 figures for women’s admission to the National Defense Academy and other national military institutions and universities for the next academic year. After directing the services to treat women on short service commission, the court ordered the government to open up the admission examinations for the NDA, Rashtriya Indian Military College, and Rashtriya military schools and colleges to female applicants.