UPSC Essentials: One word a day- Boyfriend loophole

Take a look at the basic concepts, terminology, and phenomena from the current and established parts of UPSC-CSE.

Word: boyfriend loophole

Subject: Current events of international importance and social issues

(Relevance: Prelims- A question based on common terms. Mains- Such a problem from India’s perspective is in GS I and II Mains- Social Issues, where dating crimes are often seen in the news.)

Why in the news?

US senators have reached a bipartisan agreement on gun safety measures. The reform outline includes an important provision to address the “friend gap”.

What is the friend loophole?

– Refers to a gap in US federal gun laws and some state laws that allow guns to be obtained through dating abusers.

– The new plan on gun safety measures includes a provision to address what is known as the “friend gap”.

It would prohibit dating partners – not just spouses – from owning guns if they have been convicted of domestic violence.

The framework states that convicted perpetrators of domestic violence and individuals subject to domestic violence restraining orders will be included in criminal background checks.

Point to meditation: There is a need to explicitly acknowledge the problem of dating violence as spousal abuse. discuss.

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