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    Default 7 Landmark Verdicts By The Supreme Court That Are Destined To Change India's Future

    The Supreme Court of India seems to be on a roll, making landmark verdicts this year. In last month alone four landmark judgements have come which are certain to give citizen of the country a relief.



    These verdicts not only ensure justice, but also address issues that may or may not be seen as sane and acceptable by the society. In the coming years these verdicts will prove instrumental in bringing a change for the better.

    1. Decriminalisation of Section-377

    On September 6th, India had a date with destiny when the SC struck down the British era law on homosexuality which criminalised the gay sex under section-377 of Indian Penal Code.



    Activist fought a long and tiring legal battle to get freedom for people who had been denied the right to love freely. The five judge bench unanimously accepted gay rights and ended 157-year-old draconian law.
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    2. Aadhaar verdict

    Just a few days ago the apex court upheld the constitutional validity of Aadhaar-the controversial unique identification programme. However, the apex court made sure that the absence of Aadhaar doesn’t hinder routine life of a citizen and it abolished the mandatory clause of Aadhaar at schools, private sector and for obtaining the mobile sim-cards. The banks too now can’t ask the account holders to link their accounts with Aadhaar. But the court upheld its constitutional validity which dejected the main argument of it being an intruder to the right of privacy
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    3. Adultery - not an offence anymore

    Another British era law was sent to the gallows by SC. The adultery law which persecuted men was struck down with the Supreme Court saying it was unconstitutional, dented the individuality of women and treated them as "chattel of husbands.".



    The SC mitigated the Section-497 of the IPC which punished a married man for having a consensual sexual relationship with a woman married to another man with her husband’s connivance.
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    4. Triple-talaq deemed illegal

    The SC in a landmark verdict declared the instant triple talaq – a practice which allowed Muslim men to divorce his wife by instantly saying talaq thrice – illegal. The verdict was passed by SC in August last year.



    The verdict was seen as a landmark judgement as the issue was pending for over three decades. The government recently brought an ordinance which made instant triple talaq a criminal offence.
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    5. Right to privacy

    In August last year, the SC ruled the right to privacy of an individual comes under Article-21 of the constitution which brings it in the ambit of the Fundamental Right.



    The nine-judge bunch unanimously declared that right to privacy is an intrinsic part of Right to Life and Personal Liberty under Article 21 and entire Part III of the Constitution. The article 21 of the constitution guarantees life and liberty of an individual under the constitution.
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    6. Passive euthanasia

    In March this year, the apex court ruled that human beings have to right to die with dignity and allowed passive euthanasia for terminally ill people under strict guidelines which was not allowed until the verdict.
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    7. Sabarimala verdict



    This verdict came yesterday and the SC allowed women of all ages to enter Sabarimala temple dedicated to Lord Ayyappa. CJI Dipak Mishra while reading out the verdict said devotion can’t be subjected to gender discrimination. Earlier the women between age group of 10 to 50 were not allowed to enter Sabarimala temple.
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