NGOs protest against Hindu Marriage Act

The amendment, initiated by the Opposition’s demand to make divorce women-friendly has once again turned the Hindu Marriage Act (HMA) into the power see-saw it used to be, only that it’s man-unfriendly now.

In case of divorce, the woman will get half share in her husband’s immovable property, regardless of whether the property was acquired before or during the marriage.

If passed, a wife would now be eligible to oppose the husband’s plea for divorce under the new irretrievable breakdown of marriage clause. The husband, on the other hand, will not have such a right if the wife moves the court on the same grounds.

Convinced that the new law would create disharmony, huge litigation in courts for property disputes and increase in crime rates, NGOs have submitted their objections to a parliamentary committee and plan to organize a protest at Jantar Mantar.

The amendments haven’t gone down well with the BJP, which has opposed it since the process started.

Aaliya Khan

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 September 2012 on page no. 6

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