DCW chief Swati Maliwal terms SC verdict on adultery ‘anti-women’, says people now have a licence to have illegitimate ties

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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court verdict on Thursday declaring adultery a crime was welcomed by many but some experts sounded a note of caution, calling it anti-women and warning that it could give a license to people to have “illegitimate” relationships.

A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra unanimously struck down Section 497 of the Indian Penal Code dealing with the offence of adultery, holding it manifestly arbitrary, archaic and violative of the rights to equality and equal opportunity to women.

Reacting to the judgement, Delhi Commission for Women chief Swati Maliwal said decriminalising adultery completely is just going to add to the pain of women in the country. “Totally disagree with the Supreme Court judgement on adultery. The judgement is anti-women. In a way, you have given a open general license to the people of this country to be in marriages but at the same time have illegitimate relationships,” she said.

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