14 Oct 2016 6:01 AM GMT
The ideas of Justice Anil Dave, the second senior most judge in the Supreme Court are, to say the least, strange.Consider the following: He gave a public statement that the Gita should be made compulsory in all schools in India. Now the Gita is perceived by most Muslims and some other non Hindu communities as a Hindu religious book. How can it be forcibly taught to non Hindus in a...
The ideas of Justice Anil Dave, the second senior most judge in the Supreme Court are, to say the least, strange.
Consider the following:
These are feudal ideas. In feudal society there were joint families, and on marriage a girl entered the house of her in laws. She was told by her mother at the time of getting married that now she is moving into another family, and must put up with whatever treatment she gets from her in laws. In other words, she must ' nibhao '
But now times have changed. Now many young women are highly educated, and are often holding high jobs. Many of them would like a home of their own, separate from that of their in laws, which they can furnish and decorate as they wish, and entertain people whom they want and at all hours. They may not have this freedom in their in laws' home. Also, a young woman may not be able to get on with her mother in law who may be of a dominating nature. Why should she be compelled to live under tension ?
To say that after getting married a young woman becomes an integral part of the family of her husband was no doubt the old, feudal idea. But it is not necessarily true in modern times. On marriage no doubt a woman becomes an integral part of the life of her husband. But why should she be compelled to become an integral part of the family of her husband also ?
Justice Katju is a former Judge of Supreme Court of India.