Court pushes to end India’s religion-based personal laws – UCA News

Delhi High Court has asked the Indian government to legislate a uniform personal law to govern all citizens regardless of their religion — a move Christians and Muslims have been opposing for decades.  Justice Prathiba M. Singh said on July 9 that the constitution promulgated in 1950 expressed a hope that the state should secure for its citizens a uniform civil code. It “ought not to remain a mere hope,” she said. India currently has religion-based personal laws to govern marriage, divorce and succession respecting the customs and practices of various religions. Subscribe to your daily free newsletter from UCA News Those who oppose a common civil code, which includes Christian and Muslim religious leaders, say a unified personal code would threaten religious diversity in a country of 1.3 billion people following various religions.  But Justice Singh said India’s Supreme Court, the top court in the country, in 1985 had directed the federal government to take steps toward a uniform personal law.

Court pushes to end India’s religion-based personal laws – UCA News

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