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SC: Adults Have the Right to Make Their Choice

Drishti Banerjee, New Delhi
08/01/2018   0 Comments

A bench consisting of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice D Y Chandrachud declared that once attained adulthood, women have the right to live the life of her own choice. The bench unanimously stated, “It needs no special emphasis to state that attaining the age of majority in an individual’s life has its own significance. S/he is entitled to make her/his choice. The courts cannot as long as the choice remains, assume the role of parents patriae (legal protector). The daughter is entitled to enjoy her freedom as the law permits and the court should not assume the role of super guardian being moved by any kind of sentiment of the mother or egotism of the father. We say so without any reservation”.

The declaration comes from the Supreme Court with respect to a girl’s choice in the face of parental and societal pressures to live a life bounded in restrictions.

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