While we were all struggling to overcome the myths and evils of the society, the Supreme Court was planning to make a comeback of justice. In the past few months, it has been clear that the Supreme Court of India is no longer willing to tolerate anything that is unconstitutional. Also, it has decided to take over the responsibility of being the sole protector of India’s constitution. Being the authority that has the right to abolish unconstitutional actions, they have come up as a ray of hope.
Where we were all worried about the society’s dark truths, the Supreme Court decided to show us the path to justice and equality. It has gradually gained our trust in the law and order with its quick and analyzed decisions.
Where a few months ago people were questioning the presence of Supreme Court, today they feel relieved that “justice late but not justice denied” is upheld. The youth now believes that the Supreme Court is the definition to justice and that their future is in safe hands.
Decriminalization of Section 377:
For a long time, the LGBTQ community has faced the feeling of separation, hatred and inequality. People, in the name of religious sentiments, have termed the community as “unnatural”. There is no direct mention of gay marriages and relationships being a crime in any religious books. But the indirect signals in some religious books has resulted in people concluding their own decisions.
After a long struggle, the Supreme Court was ready to hear the petitions on decriminalization of Section 377. After hearing several petitions and statement by the Center saying that it will abide by the wisdom of court, the Supreme Court made a remarkable statement.
The Chief Justice of India, Mr. Deepak Misra and the bench said that every citizen has the right to privacy and equality. The sexual orientation of a citizen is entirely personal and it is unconstitutional to interfere in the lives of the LGBTQ community. For now, the Supreme Court is working on Section 377.
Upholding the death penalty for Nirbhaya case accused :
The country mourned on December 16, 2012 when six men brutally raped her. She fought between life and death but her wounds and pain lost in front of death. She left all of us, making us feel guilty about the society we have formed. The convicts appealed to the Supreme Court for abolishing their death penalty terming it as a “cold blooded killing in the name of justice.”
But the Supreme Court for sure knew that their crime was not just punishable but also unapologetic. Just a few days back, the Supreme Court upheld its decision of death penalty to the convicts. Indeed, it was a relief for the nation and to the family who had fought for justice.
Nikaah-Halala and Tripal Talaq Bill :
The Muslim women have decided to fight against every single evil that in the name of religion is harming their dignity. Only last year, the Supreme Court made it very clear that the practice of Triple Talaq is unconstitutional and illegal. The Triple Talaq Bill will be introduced in this year’s monsoon session of the Parliament. The verdict of the Supreme Court was a relief to the women who had faced invalid divorce without seeking their will towards the same.
On the other hand, the women have decided to raise voice against the practice of Halala. Also, the Supreme Court has agreed to listen to the petitions on halala and polygamy. The government has also decided to firmly take up this social issue in the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court has decided to work on these evils, focusing on women empowerment.
The Supreme Court has finally decided to hear petitions that remained unanswered for a long time. Female Genital Mutilation performed by the Bohra community is the next target for the law and order of the nation. Supreme Court has decided to consider petitions seeking a ban on the practice of Female Genital Mutilation.
On the other hand, it has also focused on the culture and architecture of the country. The nation’s pride, the Taj Mahal is facing architectural challenges due to global warming. The Supreme Court has asked the Government “to either take precautionary steps towards the betterment of The Taj Mahal or we will have to shut it down.” Today itself, the Government has proposed guidelines to improve the condition of the Taj Mahal.
Such rapid decisions have come up as oasis in a desert. The Supreme Court has taken us to the verge where everyday, we wake up hoping to see a decision that marks the end of such evil practices.
We are somewhere involved in these cases by at least wishing for things to turn positive. That’s where the difference lies : previously we didn’t care to know what the Court said, for it hardly said something so bold. But today we wait for a brighter day where a remarkable decision will change millions of lives.