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Christians To Finally Get Divorce Rights In India? Amendment to 1869 British Divorce Act Suggested

In India, Legal, Women's Issues on May 11, 2009 at 6:09 am

NEW DELHI: The Law Commission has recommended that the Indian Divorce Act, 1869, relating to the divorce of persons professing faith in Christianity, be amended so that courts could entertain petitions for dissolution of marriage in which either of the parties is domiciled in India when a petition is presented.

In a report to be submitted to the government later this week, the Commission, headed by Justice A.R. Lakshmanan, said: “This Act was enacted in 1869 [and amended in 1926] to suit the convenience of the Britishers in India. Section 2, as it stands today, will enable the courts to entertain the proceedings for dissolution of marriage except where the parties to the marriage are domiciled in India when the petition is presented.”

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