THE ROLE OF THE SUPREME COURT IN PAVING THE WAY FOR GENDER JUSTICE IN INDIA
By Apoorva Mathur & Swati Sharda
The Indian Supreme Court is the highest Court of the land and is the final interpreter of the Constitution. The law declared by the Supreme Court is binding on all the other courts in India and it can pass any order or necessary to do complete justice in any matter pending before it. Throughout the history of independent India, the top court has, through its decision, given the widest possible interpretation of the fundamental rights and has constantly acted as a saviour of Indian citizen against arbitrary action of the state. In particular, the Court has played a vital role in removing gender disparity in a predominantly patriarchal Indian society. On many occasions, the Indian Supreme Court has championed the cause of gender justice through its progressive and liberal interpretation of the constitution. From framing guidelines against sexual harassment in workplace to allowing entry of women in places of worship which traditionally only allowed males to enter to abolishing discriminatory and cruel customs, the Court has on numerous occasions, protected the rights of women. In the recent past, the Supreme Court has also given an opportunity to women in the Armed forces by granting them a permanent commission and allowing women candidates to appear in the National Defence Academy entrance examination. This paper attempts to shed light on the role of the Supreme Court in paving the way for gender justice in India through its various landmark decisions.
Constitution, workplace, discriminatory, National Defence Academy, entrance.
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