The Supreme Court’s Friday judgment striking down the bar on the entry of women between the ages of 10 and 50 into the Sabrimala Temple in Kerala marked the end of a hectic week that saw benches led by outgoing Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra, delivering 20 verdicts over five days. The cases decided between the dates of September 22 to September 28 covered a range of issues varying from the criminalisation of politics to the discrimination inherent in India’s old adultery law, from the religious aspect of the Ram Janambhoomi title dispute to the civil liberties of activists, and from the legality of the government’s ambitious identification project to the bar on the entry of women between the ages of 10 and 50 into the century-old Sabarimala temple. In the end, his commitment to upholding the supremacy of constitutional values is something that will be remembered about him.
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