Importance of Allahabad HC judgment on Special Marriage Act

Synopsis: The Allahabad high court’s recent decision to strike down the provisions of the Special Marriage Act, 1954 that make it mandatory for couples to publish a 30-day public notice of their intent to marry is a significant and much-needed correction. About the Special Marriage Act The Special Marriage Act was originally enacted in 1872 to provide… Continue reading Importance of Allahabad HC judgment on Special Marriage Act

Laws against Inter-faith marriage and Fundamental rights

Synopsis– Uttar Pradesh recently passed an ordinance which criminalizes inter­faith marriages, which is against the exercise of the free will of individual citizens in India.  Introduction-   UP ordinance which criminalizes inter-faith marriages has set an extreme example, being followed by other states like MP.   In these states’ other laws on slaughter of cattle, marriage, and religious conversions have been enacted… Continue reading Laws against Inter-faith marriage and Fundamental rights

Religious Freedom and Personal Choices

Context: The Allahabad High Court verdict in ‘Salamat Ansari’ is a reminder of the Constitution’s most cherished values. What did the court say? Religious conversions, even when made solely for the purposes of marriage, constituted a valid exercise of a person’s liberties. The High Court ruled that the freedom to live with a person of… Continue reading Religious Freedom and Personal Choices

ISSUE OF INTERFAITH MARRIAGES AND LAWS IN INDIA

The article is based on The Big Picture: Special Marriage Act and Indian Express Explained, Roll it back appeared in the month of November.  Context: The Uttar Pradesh government has cleared an ordinance that enables the state to police and punish inter-faith marriages with “the sole intention of changing a girl’s religion”. Important provisions of… Continue reading ISSUE OF INTERFAITH MARRIAGES AND LAWS IN INDIA

Issue of “love jihad”: Right of “free consent” for Marriage

Context: Many state governments have announced that they are considering enacting an appropriate law to stop marriages which they term as “love jihad”. What are the recent cases? A Muslim girl by birth converted to the Hindu religion and just after a month, she married a Hindu man according to Hindu rites and rituals. The Allahabad… Continue reading Issue of “love jihad”: Right of “free consent” for Marriage

Interfaith marriages and constitution

Context: The Supreme Court’s order allowing Hadiya freedom of movement was long overdue Introduction: By freeing Hadiya, girl from Kerala who converted to Islam, from her parent’s custody, the Supreme Court has protected her freedom to choose her religion and her freedom of movement. In an open court hearing, where Hadiya gave her testimony in Malayalam, the apex court… Continue reading Interfaith marriages and constitution