Live-in Ruins Careers

This is one of Markendya Katju’s least popular recent social media commentary. And that’s encouraging, because in India, people are still harassed and assaulted for the ‘indiscretion’ he counsels against here.

Screenshot of former Supreme Court justice Katju's Facebook status.
Screenshot of former Supreme Court justice Katju’s Facebook status.

This is the link to Katju’s status about withholding a deserving name from nominations for judgeship, because the person lived-in with a female lawyer, and socialised ‘openly’ as a couple. His reason? “Indian society is largely still conservative, and largely still does not approve of live in relationship, though it is not illegal.. While lawyers can have live in relationship, it is as yet not ethically permissible to Judges [sic].”

Well, here are responses from some of his followers. They are rather heartening, even if they reflect only the top, tech-savvy fraction of the urban and suburban middle-class. The country is certainly changing, if slowly and in patches.

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