[Reader-list] Guests in Vedavati's house

Kshmendra Kaul kshmendra2005 at yahoo.com
Sat Aug 25 18:26:34 IST 2007

Dear Tapas
  Thanks for the references.
  Both these Acts are better named as """"India Marriage/Succession Act (excluding Muslims, Christians, Parsis, Jews)"""""  because that is what they are.
  That is what needs to change.
  Both the Acts currently cover " any person who is a Hindu by religion in any of of its forms or developments" AND "any person who is a Buddhist, Jaina or Sikh by religion" AND "any other person domiciled in the territories to which this Act extends who is not a Muslim, Christian, Parsi or Jew by religion". Not exclusively "Hindu", is it?
  The Muslims, Christians, Parsis and Jews should get covered in a SINGLE Act alongwith everyone else. There should be no distinction on the basis of religion.
  To address your original questions; YES all references or particularities of "Hindu" must be removed.
  For example the "saptapadi" (seven steps) clause is ridiculous.
  The ruling "deity" should be the "Compulsory Registration of Marriages". A simple affirmation by 2 people in front of competent authority in specified manner that they have entered the bond of "marriage". How they confirm to each other (the rituals they may want to follow) that they are "married" is their business. The Union should only be interested in their altered "joint" state for the purpose of application of other Laws (divorce, maintenance, taxation, adoption etc) attracted by the altered "joint" (married) state.
  Exactly the same principle should be followed in Succession Laws. One Law applicable equally to everyone. No such differentiation as HINDU, MUSLIM, PARSI, JEW, SIKH, BUDDHIST, ATHEIST, AGNOSTIC etc etc etc etc (The ETCs cover those FAITH SYSTEMS that are yet to pronounce themselves)
  Kshmendra Kaul

Tapas Ray <tapasrayx at gmail.com> wrote:
  The Hindu Marriage Act, 1955, and the Hindu Succession Act, 1956.


Kshmendra Kaul wrote:

> I would be interested in knowing which Hindu Laws for Property and 
> Marriage are operating in India.

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