Armed forces must have system to punish officers for adultery, says SC | India News


NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday said that armed forces must have some kind of mechanism for disciplinary proceedings against their officers for adultery as “this is a conduct that can shake up the life of officers”.
The top court said adultery creates “pain” in a family and it should not be treated in a lighter manner.
“In uniformed services, discipline is of paramount importance. Everybody is ultimately dependent on the family as a unit of society. The integrity of society is based on the faithfulness of one spouse to another. This (adultery) is going to shake the discipline in the armed forces. Forces must have some kind of assurance that they will take action,” said a constitution bench headed by Justice K M Joseph.
It said the apex court 2018 judgment, which declared penal provision on adultery as unconstitutional, cannot be referred to halt disciplinary proceedings against guilty. “We have held so many sessions as judges in high courts and seen so families are torn. We are telling you that do not treat this in a lighter manner,” the bench observed.
The SC, on a plea filed by NRI Joseph Shine, in 2018 had struck down Section 497 of IPC, dealing with adultery while holding it unconstitutional. agencies

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