Women's Day Special: The BIG judgements that changed women's lives in India

New Delhi, March 8: Till a few days back, women in India have always been considered as the weaker sections of the society, as the victims. They have been shown merely as characters in a man’s world. But no more now. Several landmark judgment in the favour of women prove that the faith in the Indian judiciary stands validated. 

Given below are several big verdict that went in the favour of women: 

Sole Legal Guardian

The Supreme Court ruled that an unwed mother in India can become the sole legal guardian of a child without the consent of the father, and she is no longer required to disclose the father's name.

Inalienable Right To Stridhan

The Supreme Court ruled that a woman can claim her stridhan back from her husband and his family members even if they are not divorced. In other words, a woman can claim her stridhan even after separation from her husband.

Scrapped Ban on Women Entering Temples 

Indian temples that deny or restrict women's entry undermine the fight for gender equality and have no constitutional right to do so, the Supreme Court said in an emphatic verdict last year.

Head Of The Family

The Delhi High Court has ruled the eldest female member of a family can be its Karta, a position which was only reserved for the eldest male. In other words, women can now be the legal head of their households.

"If a male member of a Hindu Undivided Family, by virtue of his being the first born eldest, can be a Karta, so can a female member," it said.

Right To Dance

The Supreme Court ruled that dance bars in Maharashtra would remain open, and stayed the law which banned dance performances in bars, hotels and restaurants in Maharashtra, rendering thousands of women unemployed.

In The Navy Now

The Delhi High Court ruled for women to be granted permanent commission in the Navy, ensuring that women naval officers enjoyed rights similar to their counterparts in the Army and the Air Force.

No Compromise In Rape

The Supreme Court has ruled that there can be no mediation and no compromise can be reached with the culprit in cases of rape or attempt to rape.

Any kind of liberal approach has to be put in the compartment of spectacular error.

Instant Triple Talaq Unconstitutional

In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court (SC) held Muslim practice of instant Triple Talaq unconstitutional, striking it down by 3:2 majority. Shayara Bano, a 35-year-old woman, challenged the practice in 2016, a year after her husband of 15 years divorced her via triple talaq. According to reports, the Supreme Court mentioned that several Islamic countries like Pakistan do not allow triple talaq; judges questioned why it should not be abolished in India.