The Central Secretariat meeting of Popular Front of India held at its headquarters welcomed the Supreme Court verdict which pronounced that individual privacy is a fundamental right protected by the Indian Constitution. This unanimous ruling proclaimed as six judgments by the nine judge’s bench declared that the Right to Privacy is protected as an intrinsic part of the Right to Life and Personal Liberty under Article 21 and as a part of the freedoms guaranteed by Part III of the Constitution. The verdict is being seen as a warning to the present and future governments that may attempt to limit individual freedom by quoting different reasons. On behalf of the government, it was argued that the Constitution does not guarantee individual privacy as a fundamental right. This final verdict on the right to personal freedom is historic and will have an effect on future decisions of the judiciary on manifold issues like Adhar, beef ban etc. The meeting noted that it empowers the hands of the citizens and provides them an effective legal remedy of challenging any state action, violating their privacy.
The Central Secretariat meeting has also stated that the Supreme Court judgment on instant triple Talaq underlines separate personal laws as the fundamental right. It is noteworthy that while striking down the practice of instant Triple Talaq as illegal, SC ensured the judgment should not be misused as a ground to interfere in personal laws.
The meeting expressed surprise and shock over another Supreme Court ruling which has ordered NIA investigation into the marriage of a 24-year-old convert woman Hadiya without hearing her. It is unfortunate that the apex court has not stood with the woman who has effectively been held under house arrest against her will simply because she chose a different faith than her parents and married a man of her liking. This approach looks strange in a country where any adult citizen is let free to enter into a relationship with the person of his/her liking with or without a marriage contract.
The Chairman E Abubacker presided over the meeting. Vice Chairman OMA Salam, General Secretary M Muhammed Ali Jinnah, , EM Abdul Rahiman and Abdul Wahid Sait participated in the meeting.