5 Victories which made the Impact on Indian society in 2018

India achieved all the ups and downs in 2018 with a lot of glorious as well as disgraceful things. But let’s talk about all the glorious moments that happened in India in 2018.

 

Section 377

Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code is a section of the Indian Penal Code which says that consensual homosexual sex between adults was unconstitutional, "irrational, indefensible and manifestly arbitrary”. In January 2018, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a petition to revisit the 2013 Naz Foundation judgment. On 6 September 2018, the Court ruled unanimously in Navtej Singh Johar vs Union of India that Section 377 was unconstitutional "in so far as it criminalizes consensual sexual conduct between adults of the same sex". In 2018, the Union Government did not take a position on the issue and left it to the "wisdom of the court" to decide on Section 377. The petitioners invoked the right to sexual privacy, dignity, right against discrimination and freedom of expression to argue against the constitutionality of Section 377. Consensual adult gay sex is not a crime and article 14 and 21 of Indian Constitution contradict the present view of Section 377.

 

Triple Talak

Triple Talaq, also known as talaq-e-biddat, instant divorce[1] and talaq-e-mughallazah (irrevocable divorce), is a form of Islamic divorce which has been used by Muslims in India, especially adherents of Hanafi Sunni Islamic schools of jurisprudence. It allows any Muslim man to legally divorce his wife by stating the word talaq (the Arabic word for "divorce") three times in oral, written, or more recently, electronic form. As the triple talaq ordinance of 2018 was to expire on 22nd January 2019 and also because the triple talaq bill of 2018 could not be passed in the parliament session, the government has repromulgated the ordinance on 10th January 2019. On 12th January 2019, the president of the India Ram Nath Kovind approved the ordinance of 2019.

 

Swapna Barman

Struggling with a lack of customized shoes for her 12 toes and braving an excruciating toothache, 21-year-old Swapna Barman created history by becoming the first Indian to clinch a gold medal in the Heptathlon category at the Asian Games 2018. The gruelling schedule of seven events, spread out over three days, took a toll. That, coupled with her perpetual concern of ill-fitting shoes pinching the six toes on each of her feet and a tooth infection after a root canal resulting in a swollen jaw, were the many battles she fought bravely to notch 6,026 points. She became the fifth woman athlete to score 6,000 points in the sport.

 

Mary Kom’s victory

At 35, MC Mary Kom punched her way to a record sixth World title, becoming the most successful female boxer in the history of the World Championships. In her comeback year to the sport, Mary also won gold’s at the Commonwealth Games and the International Silesian Boxing Championship in Poland. She is the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the seven world championships. The government of Manipur has conferred on her the title “Meethoi Leima” (Exceptional Lady) in a felicitation ceremony. She was also nominated for Rajya Sabha in 2016.

 

PV Sindhu’s winning stroke

After five second-place finishes in the year, PV Sindhu defeated Nozomi Okuhara in the final to become the first Indian to clinch a World Tour Finals gold. Before this, the Olympics silver-medalist had won silvers at Commonwealth Games and World Championships. In 2015, the Indian Government conferred her with fourth highest civilian award Padma Shri. She became the first ever Indian women’s singles player to win a medal at the Badminton World Championship. 

 

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