Major Judgments of the Supreme Court in 2018
In his last week as chief justice, Dipak Misra has changed the outlook of society. These judgments have proved that truth alone strives and it is only law that rules. From the constitutionality of Aadhar card or to let a woman enter the Sabarimala temple things have been changed by his verdicts.
Decriminalization of Section 377
The Supreme court on September 6, 2018, in its verdict, has decriminalized Section 377, the five-judge of apex court’s bench has taken decision to make homosexual relations as a non-criminal offense. The judgment has made it clear that under no circumstances will anyone be harassed on the basis of their sexual orientation, they are allowed to live as ‘equal citizens’. However, there should be consent between the homosexual adults and Section 377 will be in force in cases of unnatural sex with children and adults.
Reservation in promotion for SC/ST government employees
This is another historic judgment by the Supreme Court where it has put down the law of reservations for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in government job promotions, on 26th September.
Constitutionality of Aadhar card
The apex court in its landmark judgment has made it clear the telecom companies and banks cannot ask for the Aadhar card for the opening of bank accounts or getting mobile numbers. However, it will be mandatory to link PAN card with Aadhar card.
Adultery is not a criminal offense
In the landmark judgment, the Supreme Court has ruled that adultery is not a criminal offense. As per Section 497 women are the property of the husband. Husband cannot bring charges against the man with whom his wife committed adultery. Adultery is the ground for civil issues including dissolution of marriage but could not be a dissolution of marriage.
Based on gender no one can be denied to enter a religious place. As per the verdict, the age-old rule for women between the ages of 10 to 50 cannot enter the temple has been banned.
Live streaming of court hearing
The apex court on its historic judgment to make the hearing of the court more clear and open, live streaming of the workings of the court will be open for a run.
The Supreme Court has banned the controversial Islamic practice of instant divorce. It has stated that practice is unconstitutional and a step towards gender equality has been taken. The Triple Talaq takes away the fundamental rights of Muslim women as it ends the marriage without any chance of reconciliation.
passive euthanasia allowed
The apex court has ruled that it is legal for the terminally ill patients to decline the use of support systems used and go for euthanasia. This rule has been made taking into account the pain of the patient in an incurable coma. This is to smoothen the process of death.
Grand salute for all the breakthrough judgments.