New Delhi, October 3
A PIL has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking “gender and religion neutral” uniform grounds of maintenance and alimony for all citizens keeping with the spirit of the Constitution and international conventions.
The plea filed by BJP leader and advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay seeks directions to the Union Home and Law Ministries to take appropriate steps to remove the prevailing anomalies in the grounds of maintenance and alimony and make them uniform for all citizens without discrimination on the basis of religion, race, cast, sex or place of birth.
The petition states despite the eloquent provisions in the Constitution, the Centre had totally failed to provide even gender-neutral, religion-neutral uniform grounds of maintenance and alimony for all citizens. “Maintenance and alimony is the only source of livelihood, hence discrimination on the basis of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth is a direct attack on the right to life, liberty and dignity, guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution,” it said.
“Even after 73 years of Independence and 70 years of India becoming a socialist secular democratic republic, laws relating to maintenance and alimony are not only complex and cumbersome, but also against the constitutional mandate of being equal, rational and just,” it said.— PTI