A historic Supreme Court of India ruling today will forever change the lives of ordinary citizens in the years to come. The apex court unanimously declared that privacy is a fundamental right under the Indian Constitution — a decision that will now have a bearing on the petitions challenging the Centre's move to make Aadhaar mandatory.
A nine-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar ruled that "right to privacy is an intrinsic part of Right to Life and Personal Liberty under Article 21 and entire Part III of the Constitution", according to news agency PTI's first report from the court.
Let that sink in.
Now scream with joy.
Twitter did exactly that. A flood of tweets hailing the ruling reflected the relief and happiness people felt over a verdict that has far-reaching impact on several other cases pending before the court.
We wanted to capture the initial moments in tweets that will now be part of history.
Goosebumps!— James Wilson (@jamewils) August 24, 2017
I love my India https://t.co/1WM3xxtWQe
Is it okay to kiss Supreme Court on the mouth? https://t.co/mAks1lYOmw— Vidya (@VidyaKrishnan) August 24, 2017
The Right to Privacy is a Fundamental Right in India. Thank you SC.— Prasanto K Roy (@prasanto) August 24, 2017
Thank you, Shyam Divan and all other privacy warriors.— Salil Tripathi (@saliltripathi) August 24, 2017
Can I wave copies of judgement in the face of banks, Airtel and school?— kavitharao (@kavitharao) August 24, 2017
Privacy is a Fundamental Right, but that does *not* mean Aadhaar will go away because of it. That is still TBD.— Meghnad (@Memeghnad) August 24, 2017
Regardless... CELEBRATE! pic.twitter.com/E0yuS9qvd4
Government was making a case for why Indians don't have a right to their bodies. Today we can reclaim what's ours, our bodies.— Jairaj Singh (@JairajSinghR) August 24, 2017
Final Score -— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) August 24, 2017
Privacy 9:0 Aadhaar#RightToPrivacy
Massive win for India, as Constitutional Bench of the Supreme Court rules #PrivacyISaRight— Saikat Datta (@saikatd) August 24, 2017
The #SC has delivered us from darkness. Count your blessings 1 by 1. Good night.— SonaliRanade (@sonaliranade) August 24, 2017
YO Supreme Court!!! There's hope.— Anubhav Sinha (@anubhavsinha) August 24, 2017
To the #RightToPrivacy lawyers and campaigners, you've earned a place in history. Massive gratitude.— Mitali Saran (@mitalisaran) August 24, 2017