In 2014, the Supreme Court in a landmark judgment upheld the right of a couple of men to wear dyed clothes to celebrate the wedding of their children.
The court said they were “not wearing clothes to hide the wedding”.
It is now common practice in India to dye clothes with henna and paint them with the substance.
But is this ethically and environmentally acceptable?
It is an ongoing debate.
In 2015, India’s environment ministry recommended that the dyeing of clothes be stopped and that the state should ban henna as it was causing “harm to the environment”.
In 2017, the ministry said it was against the law for people to dye their clothes with the henna-based substance and was therefore against its use.
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A 2015 report from the government-funded NGO Environment Impact Project of India found that more than 5,000 henna products were in use in India.
The report also found that almost half of the products were adulterated and some were not made to be clean and safe.
There is also no official guidance on whether henna is “ethical”.
The government does not recognise any moral status for the dye, says the Ministry of Environment.
In 2016, the government said that the government did not have any legal obligations or obligations under the Indian Penal Code or any other legal or regulatory framework.
The Ministry of Agriculture also has no formal position on whether it should allow the use of henna.