These are the four Supreme court judgements of 2018 that have done India proud:
- Homosexuality is not a crime
- Women are allowed to enter the Sabarimala temple
- Adultery is not a crime
- Aaadhar can be de-linked from bank accounts and mobile numbers.
We might feel that all this is all long overdue, but let us not forget that there are countries in the world where retrograde laws still rule.
However, we are not there yet. Each of these laws can be taken a step further.
Decriminalising homosexuality is a huge step forward, but the next step should be to legalise same-sex marriage. Why should homosexuals live on the fringes of society?
The Supreme court has allowed women of all ages entry into the Sabarimala temple in Kerala (where women and girls of menstruating age had been banned) but this judgement is being questioned by some so-called custodians of our culture. Political parties. And some prominent people too. These public dissenters should be arrested for contempt of court. And if there are any other places of worship which disallow women, then those man-made laws should go too. God does not discriminate on the basis of gender and nor does God believe menstruation to be impure.
The punishment for adultery is gone now. Only men were being punished, so it made no sense anyway. However, polygamy is still allowed in India. Muslim men are allowed up to four wives, but women cannot have more than one husband. From the point of gender equality, this is against our constitution. But legalising polyandry (allowing women more than one husband) makes no sense, so this law should go. Last year, triple talaq was outlawed and it’s time India banned polygamy.
Aadhaar need not be linked to bank accounts and mobile phone numbers anymore. But it has already been done – at great inconvenience, and after putting up with threats from banks and mobile phone operators. Now, these entities should delink Aadhaar from their customers’ accounts and not expect them to stand in line to do the same.