In the last few months, the Supreme Court hasn’t just passed the judgement, they’ve acted as the saviour against apathetic lower courts and draconian rulings. The verdicts by SC revived our faith in the Indian Judiciary and put an end to outdated practices in India.
Here are some landmark judgements by Supreme Court in 2018, from the decriminalisation of section 377 to Law for the Decriminalisation of Politics.
1. Decriminalisation of Section 377
The law formed in 1860 struck down by a bench led by five judges. The court said Section 377 is unconstitutional, irrational and arbitrary.
2. The validity of Aadhaar
The Supreme Court delivered its judgement on Aadhaar on 26 September 2018. They struck down the Section 57 of Aadhaar Act which allows sharing of data with private entities. A verdict by SC said the private companies cannot ask for Aadhaar and it’s not mandatory for an opening of bank accounts, mobile connections.
But they made it clear that it’s compulsory to link Aadhaar with PAN card, but not required for your mobile number. There is no compulsion of Aadhar for taking admission in schools and opening bank accounts.
3. Sabarimala Verdict
A historic verdict by the Supreme Court which lifted the old prohibition of women from entering Sabarimala temple in Kerala. A five-judge bench said restriction on entry of women between ages 10 and 50 is not a part of the religion and must be removed. The provision made by Kerala Hindu Places of Public Worship violates the rights of Hindu women and degradation of their status.
4. Adultery is not a criminal offence
The Supreme Court gave a verdict on Adultery and said it’s not a crime anymore. They squashed Section 497 which states that “A man who has sexual intercourse with another married woman without her husband’s consent, then he is punishable by law”. According to this law, Man is the master and SC turned it down by saying it biased, we totally agreed.
5. Live Streaming of Court Hearing
On September 26, 2018, SC took a step towards transparency and accountability of the lawyers and judges. Supreme court passed a law on allowing live streaming of the court proceedings. Well, the cases related to national and constitutional importance, it will be live streamed for all citizens.
6. Ramjanmbhoomi Babri Masjid verdict
7. Legalises Passive Euthanasia
8. Law for the Decriminalisation of Politics
In a new verdict passed by Supreme Court stated to prevent persons with the criminal backgrounds entering in politics. There is also one condition, political parties should post all details of criminal charges on candidates and their parties, so the people can make an informed choice during voting.