Received vile threats after Sabarimala verdict but still firm on stand: Justice Chandrachud
Mumbai: Justice D. Y. Chandrachud revealed that he faced many threats after proclaiming the controversial verdict allowing women entry into Sabarimala temple. He said that law clerks and interns working with him requested him not to read the social media messages after the verdict was announced. He disclosed this while speaking at an event in Mumbai.
Justice Chandrachud said the colleagues told him about the demeaning campaigns going on against him on social media after the verdict. Many of the messages were threatening and the colleagues were concerned due to security threat. The judge also made it clear that he has account only in family WhatsApp groups and not on other social media platforms.
He further said that he is still firm on his stand on the women entry in Sabarimala and stated that discrimination against women is equal to untouchability and it is breach of their constitutional right to worship. He also said that judges should consider all aspects of an issue beyond personal views.
Justice D. Y. Chandrachud belongs to the Constitution Bench that allowed women entry in Sabarimala. He had written a special verdict in favour of the women entry. Chief Justice Dipak Mishra, Justice Rohinton F. Nariman and Justice A. M. Khanwilkar also supported women entry. But Justice Indu Malhotra opposed women entry. She was the only woman judge in the Bench.
Justice Chandrachud made it clear that he respects the different stand taken by Indu Malhotra. When asked about how a woman judge can oppose a matter related to women’s rights, Justice Chandrachud replied that we cannot compel a woman to think in the same way as men.