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What is meant by Personal laws IN CONTEXT OF INDIAN CONSTITUTION ?

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Asked by truth exposed, 24 Jan '13 04:04 pm
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As Hindus, Muslims and Christians always had their own customary laws since time immemorial, the Constitution of India gives them the freedom to follow their religion in matters pertaining to marriage, adoption and succession. The law respects the differentiating layers that influence decisions about marriage in different religious communities.
Answered by LIPSIKA, 24 Jan '13 04:08 pm

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Contemporary India is a multicultural
society that is pluralistic with regards to
religious law. Different groups in India have separate religious personal laws (RPLs),
which Indias secular state is reluctant to reform. However, these laws have gener
ated debate about the meaning of gender equality in India, since all RPLs to various
extents give women fewer rights than men, but Indian women have been promised
equality as a constitutional right. Though the RPLs allow for inclusiveness in religion,
the history of these laws in India shows that they have been used selectively as a tool
of governance and often to the disadvantage of women. In the past, feminists argued ...more
Answered by jameel ahmed, 24 Jan '13 04:07 pm

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