Two major Supreme Court judgements were pronounced last week. Scrapping of IPC 497 (Adultery) and allowing women of all ages into the Sabarimala temple in Kerala have been hailed by many sections of the society. Pre-dominantly the so called categorisation of liberals have been hailing these verdicts and the right wing supporters have been justifying why this can be adverse for society.
In a recent turn of event, Senior Congress leader and KPCC (Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee) president K. Sudhakaran mocked the Supreme Court judges for scrapping section Section 497 (Adultery) of IPC. While addressing a public gathering at Kunnor, Sudhakaran said,
“The mentally ill judge should reconsider his judgement as it is against the family values in the country.”
The defamatory comments were made at a public gathering where many Congress workers were present. No case has been registered against the Congress neta as of now.
“It is against the family values, India always takes pride of its family and cultural values. By pronouncing the judgement, the mentally ill judge has shown he knows nothing about India’s family values and he must reconsider his judgement,” Sudhakaran said at the public gathering.
“Husband is not responsible for wife, wife is not answerable to husband. Is something wrong with the judge? Is he mentally unstable? We Indians are proud to present family values in front of the world. Our family values are our pride. Now if a husband can go stray, a wife can go astray, the judge needs to get a mental check-up done,” KPCC president added.
Sudhakaran also criticised SC judges for their verdict on Sabarimala Temple allowing women in the menstruating age to enter the sanctum. He said the judiciary does not have any right to interfere in religious matters and customs as they are followed for centuries.
In a landmark judgement, the Supreme Court struck down Section 497 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) that made adultery a criminal offence. The five-judge Constitutional Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra comprising Justices D. Y. Chandrachud, R. F. Nariman, A. M. Khanwilkar and Indu Malhotra unanimously ruled to strike down the archaic and regressive law. CJI Misra noted that it’s time to say that the husband is not the master. Equality is the concept of the hour. Subordination of one sex to the other is unconstitutional, he said.
With inputs from Times Now