The Hon'ble Chief Justice of India has added a sixth item to the causelist before the Constitutional Bench of the Supreme Court of India, which was slated to hear five matters October 10, 2017 on wards. The matter added is a Special Leave Petition arising out of a judgment of the High Court of Gujarat, which has vide its majority judgment held that a woman though married under the Special Marriage Act, 1954, assumes the religious identity of her husband, in law.
- Whether a woman's identity merges with that of her husband's upon marriage?
- Whether the Doctrine or Coverture/Merger applies in India?
- Interpretation of the Special Marriage Act - Whether parties married under the Act retain their separate religions?
Read the full text of the petition here.