India’s Supreme Court In Spotlight With Recent Rulings, Including Allowing Women Of Reproductive Age Into Hindu Temple

New York Times: Hundreds of Cases a Day and a Flair for Drama: India’s Crusading Supreme Court
“Following the headlines, you might get the feeling that India’s Supreme Court is everywhere at once, all the time. You wouldn’t be far off. On Thursday, the court struck down a colonial-era law making adultery a crime. … Earlier this month, it overturned a ban on gay sex that had stood for 150 years. … [U]nlike the United States Supreme Court, which agrees to hear only about 70 cases a year, the various panels of the Indian Supreme Court hear up to 700 legal matters a day…” (Gettleman et al., 9/27).

Washington Post: Gay sex, adultery, women’s rights: India’s Supreme Court is taking on the patriarchy
“India’s Supreme Court on Friday overturned a renowned Hindu temple’s effective ban on the admission of menstruating women, the latest in a trio of pathbreaking verdicts this month that have taken aim at colonial-era laws and the country’s deeply entrenched patriarchy. The ruling gave women the right to enter a 12th century Hindu temple that was closed off to female devotees aged 10 to 50, roughly covering their menstruating years. The decision followed the court’s decriminalization of gay sex and adultery earlier in September, both trailblazing verdicts that came after long legal battles…” (Doshi/Slater, 9/28).

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