SHOCKED OVER NARROW OUTLOOK IN 21ST CENTURY
Last week, a judgement by Justice Sudip Ranjan Sen (SR Sen) of Meghalaya High Court, created a huge controversy. Gist of the case was, while considering a petition relating to the refusal of Domicile Certificate to an Army Recruit, Justice SR Sen observed that, “based on religion, India should have been declared a Hindu Country. He had also said that anybody opposing the Indian laws and Constitution cannot be considered as a citizen of this country”. These remarks had evoked a strong reaction from the political parties and leaders across the country. The Communist Party of India (Marxist) had said, it would consult other parties in Parliament to consider moving an impeachment motion for his removal.
A few days later, he issued a clarification and said that his judgement was misinterpreted. He had said, “I do not belong to any political party nor have I got any dream to get any political berth after my retirement and neither is my judgement politically motivated or influenced by any party. Whatever is the truth, history and real ground reality, on that basis I have written my judgement to save the citizens of India, irrespective of caste, creed, religion or language. People should understand the history of India and live in peace and harmony. I also mention that I am not a religious fanatic rather I respect all the religions because to me God is one”.
Now, latest, he has voiced his anguish and displeasure, “No Authority Can Stop Inter-Caste or Inter-Sect Marriage and he is shocked over the Narrow Outlook in 21st century”. This statement he had passed while deciding on a case, over the removal of a teacher from a school for marrying a woman who belonged to another caste. He quoted, “At the outset, I expressed my anguish and displeasure over the whole matter. No Authority can stop inter-caste marriage. It is purely a decision between the private party i.e. bride and the bridegroom to choose their life and their marriage is in no way connected with their service”, the judge remarked while allowing the plea by Dasuklang Kharjana.
The matter of the case which came for hearing was, Dasuklang Kharjana had approached the High Court alleging that he has been forced to resign from the post of Assistant Teacher only on the purported ground that he married a woman belonging to a different community i.e., belonging to Roman Catholic Church. The Court quoted the Apex Court Judgement in Arumugam Servai Vs State of Tamil Nadu, in which, it was observed that inter caste marriages are in fact in the national interest as they will result in destroying the caste system. He further recorded to say, “I am really shocked that at this 21st century also we are going through such narrow outlook”, while directing the School Management to reinstate the teacher immediately. They were also told to pay him Rs. 50,000/- as compensation.
On hindsight, the school management must of thought of the NEGATIVE impact it would have on the students, who are at a very susceptible age and period of their life isn’t it? Though the teachers’ personal lives are not students concern but We have to take those factors into consideration too, as they have to be a good example for the students’ and their future.
VIJAYASHREE RAMESH, CHENNAI BASED ADVOCATE