'Yesterday I bought a chappal. It's a sandal now.'

Delhi HC clears confusion between chappal and sandal Twitter comes up with hilarious reactionsImage for representation
news Social media Monday, January 30, 2017 - 13:48

Fashion and technology are two things that come up with new trends and terms every other day and it can be hard to keep up with the latest. But a recent Delhi High Court judgment has you covered for all future confusion over strappy (or those lacking straps) footwear.

Clearing the air once and for all, the High Court said on Monday that women's footwear without a back strap is a sandal, and not a 'chappal' (slippers/flip flops). 

No, the High Court did not just happen to make the observation. It assumed importance when the issue in question was the customs duty drawback imposed over sandals vis-a-vis chappals. While the former attracts 10% customs duty drawback, the latter attracts 5%.

However, the internet being the internet, had its fun reacting to the unique ruling. And here are the best reactions.

The nation wants to know...

Mystery solved!

The chappal has been promoted, rule Twitterati. 

Identity crisis?

Biryani puritans rejoiced the judgment too. 

Decisions, decisions!

The hearing in question was for a footwear manufacturer who was unhappy when the government withdrew the 10% duty drawback saying that the footwear being exported were chappals as they lacked a back strap.

A bench of justices S Ravindra Bhat and Najmi Waziri quashed the government's decision and said, “The respondents (Centre and the Revenue Department), in our opinion, acted upon prejudice and a preconceived notion that ladies sandals cannot be without a back strap”.

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