Aadhaar, India's controversial biometric identity system serving 1 billion citizens, is constitutional, according to a new ruling from the nation's Supreme Court. However, there are limits to its scope, according to BBC News, including mandatory use of it for bank accounts, mobile connections and school admissions. In a 3-2 vote, the court wrote, "Aadhaar gives dignity to the marginalised. Dignity to the marginalised outweighs privacy. ... One can't throw the baby out with the bathwater." Reaction to the ruling so far has been mixed. Arun Jaitley, India's finance minister, called the decision "historic," while one activist characterized the ruling as "safe" and said that the court missed an opportunity to further limit Aadhaar's scope.
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