“It would not be inappropriate to mention at this juncture the recent rulings of the Apex Court in the cases of Lata Singh vs. State Of U.P AIR 2006 SC 2522 andS. Khushboo vs. Kanniamal & Anr MANU/SC/0310/2010where it has given liberty to the live-in relationship from the shackles of being an offence and also in the latter case where it has held that premaritals*x is not an offence. The society today is changing at a rapid pace and we must be in tune with the realities and not hold on to archaic social mores.Once such a right, however unpopular, is recognized then it cannot be ruled out that there can be more cases of girl students proceeding on maternity leave when while they are still in college. Law should be an instrumentof social change and not a defender of it.Motherhood is not a medical condition but a promise. We all kowtow to our mothers to whom we owe our existence and to punish a woman for becoming a mother would surely be the mother of all ironies.”
Bar Council of India, although not a party in the present writ petitions, is hereby suggested to make rules for women students claiming relaxation on ground of maternity relief so that they are not deprived of appearing in the LLBexaminations due to pregnancy.