Full text of the judgment: Supreme Court strikes down Section 497 of IPC, rules adultery law as unconstitutional
The Constitution bench was unanimous in striking down Section 497 of the Indian Penal Code dealing with the offence of adultery, holding it as manifestly arbitrary, archaic and violative of the rights to equality and equal opportunity to women.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a colonial-era anti-adultery law, saying it was unconstitutional, dented the individuality of women and treated them as "chattel of husbands" and declared that adultery is not a crime.
The apex court's five-judge Constitution bench was unanimous in striking down Section 497 of the Indian Penal Code dealing with the offence of adultery, holding it as manifestly arbitrary, archaic and violative of the rights to equality and equal opportunity to women.
A five-judge bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices R F Nariman, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra said that unequal treatment of women invites the wrath of the Constitution.
The top court, which held adultery as a relic of the past, said the autonomy is intrinsic in dignified human existence and Section 497 denudes women from making choices.
The Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra read out the judgment on behalf of himself and Justice AM Khanwilkar. "Thinking of adultery as a criminal offence is a retrograde step," the CJI said in court. Mere adultery can't be a crime unless it attracts the scope of Section 306 (abatement to suicide) of the IPC, the CJI held. Here is the complete judgment.
The apex court has asked the farmer unions to respond to the plea seeking removal of protesters from Delhi's borders and posted the matter for further hearing on 7 December
The Delhi Police Crime Branch had on Tuesday registered an FIR after 32 officials of Tihar Jail were found to be complicit with the imprisoned duo - Ajay Chandra and Sanjay Chandra
Tamil Nadu's Sivakasi adds green power in fight for survival, but road for cracker industry remains bumpy
India’s firecracker hub faces a slow but painful death due to the blanket ban on the sale of firecrackers in several states for the past couple of years