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By NewsGram Staff Writer

New Delhi: 26-year-old Uber rape survivor was saved from being harassed and humiliated for a second time, as the Supreme Court on Thursday  squashed the Delhi High Court’s order to allow the accused to re-examine the 13 witnesses including her.

The bench that rendered the judgement included Justice JS Khehar and AK Goel. The judgement came to the rescue of the survivor who sought the apex court’s intervention in the case. She pleaded to save herself from the hassle and untoward situation of being asked by the High Court for a second round of examination of the witnesses.

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The witnesses, including the 26-year-old, were examined by the lawyer of the accused Shiv Kumar Yadav. However, as the accused later changed his lawyer, he asked the court to re-examine the witnesses.

The accused changed his lawyer owing to his incompetency in examining the witnesses. The plea of the accused to re-examine the witnesses was strongly opposed by the Delhi police and the survivor.

“The conclusion of the high court that it is the accused alone who stands to suffer on account of the delay is totally wrong as it is the victim who suffers the most for having to go through a trial virtually from the beginning all over again,” the girl said, as quoted in a leading daily.

Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi apprised the apex court of Yadav’s criminal records and added that he was well versed with criminal proceedings.

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US: Supreme Court Blocks Administration’s Effort to Add Citizenship Question on Census

The citizenship question was meant to better enforce the Voting Rights Act

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FILE - Demonstrators protest during a Fair Maps rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court, in Washington, U.S., March 26, 2019. VOA

U.S. President Donald Trump responded Thursday to the Supreme Court’s decision to block his administration’s effort to add a citizenship question to the upcoming U.S. census by saying he’d asked his lawyers whether there was a way to delay the nationwide head count.

In a tweet hours after the court announced its decision, Trump said it “seems totally ridiculous” that the government could not question people about their citizenship on the census, which takes place once every 10 years.

The Supreme Court ruled the administration’s explanation — that the citizenship question was meant to better enforce the Voting Rights Act — was “more of a distraction” from the issue than an explanation.

Opponents of the citizenship question say it would intimidate noncitizens into not answering the census, ultimately leaving them underrepresented in Congress.

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U.S. President Donald Trump responded Thursday to the Supreme Court’s decision to block his administration’s effort. Pixabay

Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court’s liberal justices in the 5-4 ruling.

 The nation’s highest court also announced Thursday that it was rejecting a request to intervene in states’ redistricting efforts.  Redrawing the boundaries of voting districts is meant to ensure proportional representation in state legislatures as the population grows and changes locations.

Republicans in the state of North Carolina and Democrats in the state of Maryland have been accused of redrawing the lines of voting districts to keep power in the hands of the ruling party.

The chief justices said manipulation of the electoral map, a practice known colloquially as gerrymandering, is a problem for state governments to solve, not the Supreme Court.

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Thursday was the final day of rulings by the Supreme Court before its summer break. (VOA)