Dear Supreme Court,
Being a female citizen of India, I almost lost my belief in you, regarding past criminal cases that have been pending in the court. I remember the 2012 Nirbhaya rape case when the juvenile was set free just because there was no such specific law passed in the Parliament at that time. I also noticed that because of the same law, a terrorist was held in custody for quite a long time though many opined he must be hanged to death as soon as possible.
But now as the day arrived and the verdict of a few cases like 'Triple Talaq' and 'Right to privacy' surfaced, my faith in you seems to have restored. I'm certainly in a good position to speak in favour of it. I guess you gave us a noteworthy number of reasons to trust your sanctity. So, I'd like to thank you! Thank you for giving me and all other citizens of this country - H.O.P.E.
Through this letter, I'd like to express my gratitude and the joy that has surrounded the nation because of your take on 'Right to privacy'. With it, the impact on the coming verdicts can be ascertained.
On the judgement of Justice Chelameswar that no person will like being told by the highest authority of the nation what he/she should eat or wear.
I think this seems quite spot-on as far as the food choices and attire of the people are concerned. I hope you take this judgement into consideration.
I'm quite in favour of the observation of Justice Chelameswar who opined "A woman's freedom of choice whether to bear a child or abort her pregnancy are areas which fall in the realm of privacy." And why not? If having sex before or after marriage is what she decides then the choice of abortion sure may be in her rights.
"Sexual orientation is an essential attribute of privacy. Discrimination against an individual on the basis of sexual orientation is deeply offensive to the dignity and self-worth of the individual," as I read the opinion of Justice Chandrachud. And this is not something baseless if a renowned authority is in its favour. And through this, I am crossing my fingers hoping that you will give a fair decision in the favour of this minuscule community.
The long time law that criminalised active euthanasia is also interpreted to suffer the impact by the implementation of the law as Justice Chelameswar addressed: "An individual's rights to refuse life prolonging medical treatment or terminate his life is another freedom which falls within the zone of the right of privacy."
I put up this lady in the picture as she was the centre of attention on euthanasia. I know you can't forget her, she was Aruna Shanbaug (1 June 1948 – 18 May 2015), a victim of sexual assault who was in a stagnant state for the past 42 years. If you would have been in a state to pass this law, she would have died in peace.
So dear Supreme Court, I acknowledge that different bench of judges has expressed a different set of ideologies over the years. But along with me, a silver lining of hope for many citizens of this country is resting upon one decision that'll make a difference. One decision that will bring revolution.
On a positive note! I wish everything goes in the favour of the nation and doesn't turn out to be a flash in the pan.
A concerned citizen and netizen