“My name is Indu, but my first Aadhaar card made it ‘Hindu’. So I applied for a new card [seeking a correction], but they made it ‘Hindu’ again.” So J. Indu, a 10-year-old Dalit girl, and four other students in the fifth standard of the government primary school at Amadagur, won’t get their scholarships this year
January 16, 2018 | Rahul M.
On September 26, 2018, a five-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court of India (a bench of not less than five judges that deliberates substantive questions of law in relation to the Constitutional text) gave this judgement on a string of writ petitions that questioned the constitutional validity of Aadhaar. While the majority judgement upheld Aadhaar’s constitutionality and struck down some provisions of the Aadhaar Act, Justice D.Y. Chandrachud’s dissenting judgement found the entire Act unconstitutional
September 26, 2018 | Chief Justice Dipak Misra, and Justices A.K. Sikri, A.M. Khanwilkar, D.Y. Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan
The Aadhaar Act aims to provide “efficient and transparent” delivery of subsidies, benefits and services to Indian residents by assigning them unique identity numbers. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), set up under this Act, is responsible for helping people ‘enrol’ or sign up for Aadhaar numbers, verifying their identity information, issuing Aadhaar numbers, and authenticating information provided by individuals on the request of public or private entities