SC solicits Center’s view on consistency of divorce and alimony legal guidelines

New Delhi

Regarding the proposal for the unified civil code in India, the Supreme Court on Monday asked the center to file an answer to pleas seeking a unified ground for divorce, alimony and alimony for all citizens, regardless of the religion they follow .

A bench of Chief Justice UU Lalit and Justice Ravindra Bhat also asked petitioners to provide details of identical petitions so that they can be considered together.

The petitions also called for a uniform adoption and guardianship, a uniform succession and inheritance, and a uniform age for marriage.

One of the petitions called for uniform “gender and religion-neutral” justifications for all citizens when awarding alimony and alimony in marital disputes. It sought to eliminate anomalies based on succession and inheritance to make them gender-neutral, sectarian-neutral and uniform for all citizens.

Another plea called for “uniform grounds for divorce” for all citizens of the country, in accordance with the spirit of the constitution and international conventions.

The petition, filed by attorney Ashwini Upadhyay, has found that even after years of independence and years of India becoming a socialist, secular, democratic republic, alimony and alimony laws are not only complex and cumbersome, but also against constitutional imperative breach of equality, rational and just.

Discriminatory alimony and alimony reinforce patriarchal and stereotypical notions about women, and therefore any provision that perpetrates or reinforces discriminatory stereotypes against women is patently arbitrary, the pleading said, while at the same time promoting a gender- and religiously-neutral uniform basis for alimony. and alimony will be sought consistent with the spirit of the Constitution and International Fair.

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