A three judge bench of the Supreme Court of India comprising of Chief Justice Deepak Mishra, Justice A.M. Kanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud dismissed an appeal against the judgment of the Hon’ble Punjab & Haryana High Court that had held that only the consent of the mother is required for medical termination of pregnancy or abortion. Her husband has no right to force her into a pregnancy that is undesirable by the woman. The Court held that an adult woman has the “unimpeachable right” to either choose to continue with the pregnancy or terminate it if she so desires. A woman must be mentally prepared to conceive and give birth to the child. This judgment is very welcome in the present scenario and experts believe that it will go a long way to uphold women empowerment.
The presently sub judice, controversial case of Mr. Kulbhushan Jadhav at International court of Justice (ICJ) has made the whole world glued to the dispute between India and Pakistan as this case not only focuses on Mr. Jadhav, an ex Indian Naval officer who has been sentenced to be executed on account of being an Indian spy, but also how the volatile and incongruous relationship between India and Pakistan has led the matter to the doors of an International Court.
The argument taken by India on ground of jurisdiction was the violation of Vienna Convention on Consular Relations by Pakistan as they denied Mr. Jadhav access to legal assistance. The relief demanded by India is to set Mr. Jadhav free, or in alternative, to declare the military court trial unfair and not in accordance with International Law, and thereby to order a new trial by way of restitution in integrum.