Law Commission bats for gender equality

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The Law Commission has suggested that in cases of divorce, the property and income gained after marriage should be divided equally between the husband and wife. It suggested that all secular laws to be amended accordingly. This measure is seen as a step towards removal of discrimination against women across the country. The provision for women’s equal share in the husband’s self acquired property exists in the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 but not in the personal laws of other communities.

The Commission in its consultation paper on ” Reform of Family Law” said that all property acquired after marriage be treated as a unit between the couple.It is now up to the government to seek suggestions from the public regarding the recommendations given by the Law Commission and take steps towards addressing provisions discriminating against women.

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