All hu­mans are equal, even in their fail­ings: SC

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Na­tion -

Op­po­si­tion par­ties had swiftly pinned the ver­dict on BJP ac­cus­ing the rul­ing party of be­ing anti-Dalit even as the govern­ment rushed to the SC seek­ing re­view of its rul­ing. Soon, it amended the law to nul­lify the SC ver­dict thus en­sur­ing that the rul­ing was vir­tu­ally never en­forced.

On Tues­day, how­ever, the re­sponse of the po­lit­i­cal class was strik­ingly sub­dued as a three-judge bench of Jus­tices Arun Mishra, M R Shah and B R Gavai ad­mit­ted that the court wrongly ven­tured into the do­main of leg­is­la­ture by fram­ing guide­lines, and re­jected the fear of mis­use that the apex court had ear­lier cited to in­sert safe­guards.

It said all hu­mans are equal, in­clud­ing in their fail­ings, and it would be against fun­da­men­tal hu­man equal­ity to treat SCs and STs as per­sons who are par­tic­u­larly prone to lodge false re­ports for re­venge or ben­e­fits. It said mak­ing such a pre­sump­tion would be “adding in­sult to in­jury” to those who have suf­fered dis­crim­i­na­tion from ages. “As a mat­ter of fact, mem­bers of SCs and STs have suf­fered for long, hence, if we can­not pro­vide them pro­tec­tive dis­crim­i­na­tion ben­e­fi­cial to them, we can­not place them at all at a dis­ad­van­ta­geous po­si­tion that may be caus­ing in­jury to them by widen­ing inequal­ity and against the very spirit of our Con­sti­tu­tion,” the court said.

Full re­port on www.toi.in GREEN TALK: Miss Diva Supra­na­tional 2019 She­fali Sood and Mr In­dia Supra­na­tional 2019 Varun Verma, who will rep­re­sent In­dia at Miss Supra­na­tional and Mr Supra­na­tional 2019 re­spec­tively, met I&B and en­vi­ron­ment min­is­ter Prakash Javadekar on Mon­day. Javadekar con­grat­u­lated the two and spoke about cli­mate change. “It was in­spir­ing to meet him,” said She­fali, while Varun said, “It was a great ex­pe­ri­ence”

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