The Supreme court on Friday Upheld a woman’s right, ‘my body my choice’ by stating that the husband’s consent is not required for giving birth or aborting a child. It directly means that the wife has complete rights to take the decision on her own without consulting her husband or in some cases her in-laws and further adds that she cannot be questioned on her decision. The Supreme Court justified its verdict by saying that the woman’s mental health will be affected if she is forced to either terminate the pregnancy or give birth to the child. But is it a fair call by the SC on the men society?
With all due respect, to the women of our country and to the decision made by the Supreme Court, it is unacceptable that the husband’s words need not be considered while taking such an important decision. This is completely satisfactory when looking from a woman’s point of view and according to the theory of feminism. But don’t we have two eyes (thankfully the people are not blindfolded like the justice lady)? Doesn’t it mean that we are supposed to look at both the ends?
The consequences of this judgement are rough and hard. What if the husband disagrees to support his wife in bringing up the child if he had no intention to have the baby? Or what if he desperately wishes to have a baby but his wife refuses it? Will he be charged by the same Supreme Court under the ‘cruelty to women’ act if the wife sues him for not financially supporting her in bringing up the child or will the Supreme Court take action against him as he wishes to have a child when the wife refuses it (which is against the ‘right to have a child’ act since it is framed irrespective of the gender)? This indirectly affects the equality status of men and women. If marriage and Love are considered to be a mutual agreement why not the decision to have a baby can be considered in a similar way too?
If this is in the case of a rape or if the woman is mentally or physically not strong enough to have a baby, the judgement is agreeable. But generalizing this decision in all aspects is unfair. The statement released by the SC stating that the woman is not a machine in which a raw material is put and a finished product comes out cannot be given a thumbs-up since a normal sexual relationship is a mutual agreement and is the consent of both the husband and wife. So, the decision to terminate a pregnancy or giving birth must and should be a mutual decision too and cannot be taken without the consent of the husband or the father of the child. If the husband has an equal part in the sexual relationship he must have his equal rights in making a call on the outcome of that relationship. Let us hope that this falls on the ears of the Supreme Court and they reconsider their judgement.