Equal property rights
The apex court provided equal property rights to women. Hindu woman or girl now gets
equal property rights along with other male relatives. Justices RM Lodha and Jagdish
Singh Khehar maintained that under the Hindu Succession (Amendment) Act, 2005, daughters
are entitled to equal inheritance rights along with other male siblings.
Women in armed forces
The Delhi High Court directed the Indian Air Force to allow its women officers to be
eligible for the Permanent Commission status. Earlier, women officers are restricted to
Short Service Commission status, which means they will retire after 14 years of service.
Thanks to the judgment, they can serve till they turn 60.
Justices SK Kaul and MC Garg held “If male officers can be granted PC status while
performing similar tasks there is no reason why capable women officers cannot be granted
the same. It is not a charity being sought by women officers but enforcement of their own
Judgment on talaq
The Aurangabad bench of Bombay High Court has held that a talaq (divorce), even if it is
oral, should be proved before court, if wife contests it by leading evidence. The court
maintained that as per the Holy Quran, there should be a reasonable cause, and it should
be preceded by an attempt to reconciliation. The divorce will become effective only after
the reconciliation efforts fail.
India is a conservation nation where relation outside the institution of marriage is
frowned upon. Live-in relationship is a grey area, a concept foreign to the Indian
culture. But with live-in relationships growing of late, the Supreme Court has sought to
demarcate the difference between marriage and live-in relationship. Notwithstanding its
earlier views, the SC in D Veluswamy Vs D Patchiamal case declared live-in relationship
as “relationship in the nature of marriage”.
Taking a different view of the “live-in” relationship insofar as maintenance is
concerned, the SC maintained that a woman in such a relationship cannot claim maintenance
if her man abandons her. The court held that “live-in” relationship does not qualify to
be a “relationship in the nature of marriage” for payment of maintenance.
Paternity test is a taboo, and something, which we as Indians do not encourage. A child
should not be referred to paternity tests at will. “Courts should take extreme caution
while referring a child to paternity test”, the apex court felt. Justice Aftab Alam and
Justice RM Lodha maintained that paternity test is extremely delicate and sensitive
aspect. “Sometimes the result of such a scientific test may bastardise an innocent child
even though his mother and her spouse were living together during the time of conception”.
Second wife entitled to maintenance
Even in the case of an illegal second marriage, a woman is entitled to maintenance if the
husband deserts her. Justices DM Dharmadhikari and HK Sema observed that a bigamous
marriage may be declared illegal but it cannot be said to be immoral to deny even the
right of alimony or maintenance to a financially weak and economically dependant spouse.
Woman can retain maiden name
A woman can retain her maiden name after marriage, according to a judgment of Bombay High
Court. It amended a rule that compels a woman to file any marriage-related proceedings
only in her husband’s surname. A woman is free whether to take her husband’s name after
A woman has the right whether or not to opt for a child. She can make reproductive
choices and enjoys the right to participate in sexual activity or to use contraceptives.
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