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Joseph Shine: The happily-married man who changed Indian adultery laws

Friday, September 28, 2018, 4:01 PM

Shine, a hotelier in Italy, was the person responsible for the petition against IPC Section 497 that criminalized adultery. A happily-married man, Shine had no personal interest in the petition, but filed it nonetheless to rescue Indian men from being penalized for having extra-marital affairs under the 158-year-old draconian law. Shine held that the law, apart from being sexist, dented the individuality of men.
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Amdavadis welcome Supreme Court verdict on adultery

Friday, September 28, 2018, 9:20 AM

Hours after a five-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that adultery is not a crime and that Section 497 needs to be scrapped, professionals from a wide-variety of fields including those in law enforcement to know their opinion on the verdict. Most welcomed the verdict as they too like the apex-court felt that the section leading with adultery was an archaic-one.
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Adultery not a criminal offense, law declared unconstitutional

Thursday, September 27, 2018, 11:18 AM

The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled adultery can be a ground for divorce but isn't a criminal offence. The five-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justices R F Nariman, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra delivered its judgment on Section 497 of the IPC and noted husband can't be the master of the wife.

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