Adultery law verdict: Here are top 7 takeaways from the SC judgement

The Supreme Court struck down the adultery law, saying it was unconstitutional. Here are the top 7 takeaways from the judgement.

Published: 27th September 2018 03:31 PM  |   Last Updated: 27th September 2018 07:30 PM   |  A+A-

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By Online Desk

The Supreme Court on Thursday struck down the 150-year-old adultery law, saying it was unconstitutional, dented the individuality of women and treated them as 'chattel of husbands.'

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Here are the top 7 takeaways from the judgement delivered by the apex court's five-judge Constitution bench:

  • Section 497 violates Articles 14 (Right to equality) and 21 (Right to life and personal liberty) 

  • Legal subordination of one gender to another is wrong and woman can't be asked to think the way society desires.

  • Equality is the governing principle of a system, so a husband is not the master of the wife.

  • Any provision that is treating women with inequality is not Constitutional.

  • Adultery can be ground for any civil wrong but adultery should not be a criminal offence.

  • Adultery might not be the cause of an unhappy marriage, it could be the result of an unhappy marriage.

  • Ancient notions of a man being perpetrator and woman being the victim no longer holds good.


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  • Kantichand rampuria

    In the name of equality of men and women the supreme court has opened a pandora box of freedom of any man or woman can have sex with any man or woman.that can lead to divorces but divorce decree is not easy to getnow go and enjoy sex with any one without feeling of guilt. .it takes several years and seperation for a year before the cace can be this law the woman will suffer more if the husband is a cheater and visa versa.
    1 year ago reply
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