The Mixed Legacy of Justice Dipak Misra


The Mixed Legacy of Justice Dipak Misra

Illustration: Shruti Yatam


t’s been a busy week at the Supreme Court. As Chief Justice Dipak Misra is set to retire on October 2, the top court has embarked on a decision-making bender, trying to close out landmark cases before his tenure comes to an end.

The week ended on a high note with the SC lifting the centuries-old ban on women entering Kerala’s famous Sabarimala Temple. Devotion cannot be subjected to discrimination and patriarchal notion cannot be allowed to trump equality in devotion, the CJI said. This is yet another significant step toward gender equality after Thursday’s decision to scrap the colonial adultery law that treated women as a “chattel of the husband”.