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Saturday, 16 November 2019 2.36 AM IST

Justice Chandrachud reveals he received vile threats after Sabarimala verdict

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MUMBAI: Justice D Y Chandrachud revealed that he received threats after the verdict permitting women to enter Sabarimala. Chandrachud said that his law clerks and interns working with him requested him not to read the messages coming in the social media.

Justice Chandrachud made the revelation on the threat while speaking at an event in Mumbai.

“After the judgment, my interns, my law clerks told me: Listen, I hope you are not on social media. I said I’m not – except the WhatsApp messages I get from family and friends. And they said, ‘Please don’t. It’s scary. The amount of vile threats, abuse which you have received, it is scary’. They said we haven’t slept because we fear for the safety of the judges,” said Chandrachud.

Chandrachud said that he stood by his verdict, adding that the Sabarimala’s temple practice of keeping out women was tantamount to untouchability, and a travesty to their constitutional rights which guarantee the right to freedom of worship. However, he holds that as members of the Bar, judges are required to take informed decisions by considering all viewpoints, which, at times, means setting aside personal opinions.

The comments made by Justice Chandrachud, a member of the bench at a time when the verdict will be pronounced on re-examination pleas against the order of women entry, is of great importance.

Justice D Y Chandrachud is one of the members of the constitutional bench who pronounced the verdict permitting women to enter Sabarimala.

Justice Chandrachud, a member of the Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Mishra, had written a special verdict permitting women to enter Sabarimala.

The landmark verdict pronounced by a Constitution Bench consisting of former Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justices Indu Malhotra, D Y Chandrachud, A M Khanwilkar, and Rohintan Nariman, ruled that the Sabarimala Ayyappa temple’s centuries-old practice of denying entry to women of menstruating age was unconstitutional and in violation of their right to worship. Justice Indu Malhotra disagreed with the verdict and I respect the different stand taken by her, he said.

When my law clerks asked me how a woman could dissent in a case about women’s rights, I told them that why should there be a perception that women should think in one particular way and men in another, he added.

My law clerks said the same thing to me after the judgment. They asked me how a woman could dissent in a case about women’s rights. I told them that why should there be a perception that women should think in one particular way and men in another. We are professionals,” Chandrachud added.

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