In the case X versus The Principal Secretary Health and Family Welfare Department & Anr (sc 2022), Justices DY Chandrachud, Surya Kant and AS Bopanna recognised that under Article 21 of the Constitution, a woman’s right to reproductive choice is an inseparable part of her personal liberty.
The overturning of Roe vs Wade by the United States Supreme Court has meant that the Constitutional right to abortion has been taken away; a severe blow to a woman’s ability to make decisions about her own body. The debate raging over this topic begs the question: What rights do women have in this country with respect to pregnancy and beyond?
Approximately 22,500 Indian students were evacuated from Ukraine by the Government of India. Now, some of those students have approached the Supreme Court seeking formulation of a policy as a special measure to enable the Indian medical students who were studying in Ukraine to continue their medical education.
Recently, I was speaking to a client discussing yet another sexual harassment complaint. There are several these days from various quarters. And while on the one hand, this might seem like a cause for introspection, on the other, it might actually be a good thing because it means that women are finally speaking up.
A WhatsApp message appeared on a group last week from an indignant friend. It carried images of the recent 10th Standard Board exam that had carried an English comprehension passage which subscribed to the view that the man must be the head of the household—the lord and master—and the wife should be subservient, and she in turn could supervise the children and servants basking in his glory and frequently invoking fear of him.