The Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, said on Saturday that 1.3 billion Indians had disregarded apprehensions and 'wholeheartedly' accepted recent critical judicial verdicts which were subjects of global discussion.
Speaking at the inaugural function of the International Judicial Conference 2020 – ‘Judiciary and the Changing World’ at the Supreme Court, Mr. Modi spoke about recent crucial judgments, in an apparent reference to path-breaking verdicts, including in the sensitive Ayodhya case.
He said no country or society could claim to achieve holistic development without gender justice and referred to laws on transgenders, ‘triple talaq’ and on the rights of ‘divyangs’ (people with disabilities).
He said the government had also taken steps to give rights to women in military service and in providing paid maternity leave for 26 weeks.
He also hailed the Indian judiciary for redefining environmental jurisprudence to strike a balance between development and ecological protection.
Mr. Modi, while emphasising on the use of technology and Internet, said it would help in procedural management of courts and would benefit the justice delivery system to a large extent.
He also referred to synchronisation of artificial intelligence with human wisdom and said it would bring 'speed to delivery of justice'.
'In addition, in the changing times, issues like data protection and cyber crimes pose new challenges for the judiciary, he said.
'In recent times, there have been some critical judicial judgments and decisions which have been the subject of global discussion. Before these judgments were delivered, several apprehensions were being expressed about the consequences. But look what happened: 1.3 billion Indians wholeheartedly accepted the judicial verdicts,' Mr. Modi said.
He said it is going to be a decade of remarkable changes across the world which would impact all frontiers, be it society, economy or technology, and these changes needed to be rational as well as just and fair.