Should 16 Be The Legal Age To Drive In India? (Rank Princess – SEO)

Barely a month ago, the papers featured the news of an 8-year-old boy driving his 4-year-old sister to McDonald’s for a cheeseburger. After the parents had fallen asleep, the kids had taken the van out.

It turns out the kid had learnt to drive by watching videos on YouTube. People who saw him drive and reported to the police had commented that the boy obeyed all traffic rules and drove the van effortlessly. This incident took place in Ohio, United States of America.

In this age of information explosion, information is easily accessed by anyone through the internet. Video platforms are flooded with how-to tutorials. Kids learn almost everything at a younger age a compared to the previous generation.

This fact brings us to the debate on whether the legal driving age should be lowered. While 8-year-olds are definitely out of contention, the debate rages if 16 should be made the legal age to drive.

What Do The Experts Say?

Experts are of the view that lowering the legal driving age will do more harm and risk lives. But the argument on the other side is that lowering the minimum age to drive by two years will have no difference as 16-year-olds have the same logical reasoning as adults.

While it is true, their social and emotional development is relatively immature, 16-year olds tend to seek novelty and risk. It is a stage of rapid development and teenagers of this age are most susceptible to peer pressure and distraction.

Statistics also reflect that the countries which have a higher driving age also have lesser teen deaths caused by crashes. Even in developed countries where motorists abide by the traffic laws and the traffic is managed effectively, underage driving could be potentially harmful. Inexperienced and under-age drivers would cause complete chaos and mayhem on our poorly planned, congested roads.

Facts About Indian Roads

Indian roads are one of the busiest and even trained drivers find it challenging to navigate our streets. India has one of the worst accident rates in the world with over 2 lakh fatal crashes taking place in a year. The top reasons contributing to this are speeding, tailgating, drunken driving, distracted driving, etc.

India with its minimum legal age for driving being 18, has more than its fair share of irresponsible drivers flouting traffic lights and exceeding speed limits. In the recent past, we saw reports of underage drivers ramming their luxury cars and killing innocent people in a drunken drive. Lowering the legal driving age to 16 would pose a severe risk to life and property.

Reckless driving is a threat to public property and everyone on the road. Keeping in mind the safety concerns it would be best for the legal age to drive to remain as 18 years.

If the Indian government brings it down to 16, then God save the pavement dwellers.

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Supreme Court Rules in Favour of Marriage Equality (Content Princess)

The issue of gender equality in marriage has been a controversial topic across the globe. With more people beginning to understand and accept the concept of homosexual relationships, a lot of pressure has been put on the governments of the world. There has been an increasing demand that laws should accommodate the interests of homosexual people.

For countless decades the world has been trying to challenge ancient views; some of which date as far back as the beginning of humanity. But gay relationships are still seen as illegitimate, let alone same-sex marriages.

In the United States, the laws on same-sex marriages were ambiguous. While in some states this was legally acceptable, some states had a ban against this.

The Ruling

Previously (in 1972) a case was held in the Supreme Court regarding the laws that condemned same-sex marriages. This was the Baker v. Nelson case where the Supreme Court came to the decision that refusing to legalise same-sex marriages did not go against the US constitution. It was because of this that not much advancement has been made since then.

However, on the 26th of June, in 2015, Obergefell v. Hodges was held as a case in the Supreme Court. They debated, discussed and then came to a final decision. The Obergefell v. Hodges case went against – and overrode – the Baker v. Nelson.

Now a marriage bond constituting of 2 people of the same gender is recognised and permitted by the law of the United States of America. This law is effective across every state in America as well any territories and possessions of the United States.

The Reason Behind the Law

It is a surprise that this law was passed since many people are still against homosexuality – due to religious reasons or personal views. However, when James Obergefell appealed for this case, he was thinking about equality.  Was it fair that the rest of the population could turn their relationships into a strong commitment like marriage but homosexual couples couldn’t?

In America, there was no prohibition on a same-sex relationship so it did not make sense that there would be a prohibition on marriages.

Views on the Law

Legalising same-sex marriages affects mostly those who are currently in a same-sex relationship; and more importantly those who are considering marriage. Their friends and families will be affected, but apart from these people no one else will be affected directly.

Despite this, there are people who have faulted this law. In primaries made up mostly of conservatives who are religious, Republicans are of the opinion that this issue should have been something that the citizens of America should decide, rather that the Supreme Court.

America is a largely Christian country, so the views of many people are bound to be influenced by their faith.

The Future

This law has eased people’s affairs as well as brought hope to many people. If the issue of homosexuality has been tackled this much then what is to say whether the fall of other issues (like racism or extremism) will come to an end soon.