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Right to Privacy- A Right for the Future

What started as a citizen vs. state conflict on the government authorized bio metric identification system known as Aadhar Card has now led to the Supreme Court achieving one of the biggest milestones in the history of this nation, further adding to the newfound citizen’s revival of faith in the Indian legal system which stirred up in the wake of the Dera Sacha Sauda’s Chief’s verdict and the eradication of Triple Talaq System. The right to privacy, debarring the government’s prior beliefs, is now a fundamental right of every Indian citizen under article 21 of the Indian Constitution which dictates the protection of several civil liberties under the section ‘Right to Life’. What makes this verdict twice as more noteworthy is the much celebrated unanimous voting which took place in the presence of the panel of 9 judges changed our nation for the better.

The jury, presided by CJI J.S Khehar impressed upon the notion that India as a democratic nation would lose its credibility if it cannot do as much as entitling its residents a right to live in tranquility without feeling vulnerable to exposition. This ruling brings with it a plethora of fringe benefits including the right which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, a magnanimous victory for all those engaged in an excruciating battle against section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. It further states that E-commerce and social networking companies would now have to stay doubly cautious to make sure that they do not keep track of any individual’s online footprints or use any personal information which might threaten to exploit the right. To highlight the graveness of this issue, the Supreme Court has asked Facebook and WhatsApp to file an affidavit in court to give assurance that they will not transfer data of consumers to third-party.

Masses welcome this phenomenal movement wholeheartedly which derives its legal essence from the broad definition of the right to be let alone.”It has been widely regarded as an “enrichment and enlargement of the freedom which was legally granted to us in’47”. This judgment truly brings forth the essence of a progressive nation and uplifts the Constitution whose excerpts many of us have looked at in passing on our National curriculum school textbooks.

Many of India’s prominent intellectuals have credited this step as a path breaking revolution, embarking on the journey of envisioning an India which has surpassed many of its setbacks. As for aadhar, the scenario is rather ambiguous but an Aadhar Act is soon to be established and several amendments will be made to pave a path of ease for this constitutional revamp.

Akriti Sethi

I'm a 17-year-old standing on crossroads of diversified paths but instead of walking on one, I chose to sit down and write. I live for the whimsical joy when my ideas are woven into the fabric of coherent thoughts which eventually find places for themselves in structured paragraphs or even free versed poetry. I passionately enjoy naturalistic observation of human behaviour and reading contemporary literature. My favourite authors include Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni and Jhumpa Lahiri, to name a few. Lastly, it gives me colossal joy to be the part of a fraternity who believes in the power of a wistful perspective.

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