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The Big Picture: Verdict on Adultery

The Supreme Court declared that adultery is not a crime and struck down the anti-adultery law, saying it was unconstitutional as it dented the individuality of women and treated them as “a personal possession of husbands”. The apex court’s five-judge Constitution bench was unanimous in striking down Section 497 of the Indian Penal Code dealing with the offence of adultery and holding it as manifestly arbitrary, an archaic law which is violative of the rights to equality and equal opportunity to women. A five-judge bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices R F Nariman, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra said that unequal treatment of women invites the wrath of the Constitution. Adultery was punishable by a maximum five years in jail or fine or both.

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