Supreme Court refers plea seeking ban on female genital mutilation to five-judge constitution bench
A three-judge bench, headed by CJI Dipak Misra, of Supreme Court observed that it would refer the case of female genital mutilation to a five-judge Constitution bench. Sunita Tiwari, the petitioner, had earlier sought a direction to the respondents.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday referred the petition seeking a ban on the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) to a five-judge Constitution bench.
"We are referring the case to a five-judge Constitution bench," a three-judge bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra and also comprising Justice AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud observed.
The petitioner, Sunita Tiwari had earlier sought a direction to the respondents to implement the resolutions passed in December 2012, by the United Nations General Assembly banning female genital mutilation or Khatna of minor girls in the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community, in which India is a signatory.
She also sought a direction to put a complete ban on the illegal and inhuman practices of FGM as the same was violating the fundamental rights guaranteed under Article 14, 21 and 39 of the Directive Principles of State Policy (DPSP) of the Constitution of India.
The former home minister had challenged the Bombay HC order directing a CBI probe into allegations of corruption levelled against him by former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh
The plea filed by advocate and BJP leader Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay also sought directions to ascertain the feasibility of appointing a committee to enact a legislation on religious conversions
The SC on 11 January had stayed the implementation of the three laws till further orders and appointed a four-member panel to resolve the impasse. The committee was given two months to study the laws and consult all stakeholders