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Analysis Of Hindu And Muslim Maintenance Laws

A.M. Padmanaban, Sastra University


India is an ethnically diverse nation that acknowledges the multiplicity of religions practiced by its citizens. Since India is a secular nation, it respects people's freedom to practice their religion and does not apply a one-size-fits-all policy because all religions have unique holy texts, legal sources, customs, and religious rituals. In family relationships, if a marriage ends and one of the spouse is unable to take care of themselves, they need financial support in order to cover their needs. Regular financial support provided by a spouse to their previous partner is known as maintenance. The notion of maintenance is introduced by marriage and is further discussed by many faiths. Since the majority of Indians practice Hinduism and Islam, these two religions are among the most popular in the country. This paper will address and contrast the upkeep laws of Islam and Hinduism. Muslim law restricts the wife's entitlement to maintenance to the duration of the iddat, in contrast to Hindu law. Since each religion has its own set of laws and provides maintenance according to its own tradition, which dates back to ancient times. Whether UCC's implementation would provide Muslim women more rights? Do Muslim laws need to be codified in the same way as Hindu laws in order to ensure prudent maintenance and prevent major disputes? This article seeks to provide answers to the aforementioned questions and analyze maintenance in Hindu and Muslim laws.

Keywords: Hindu Marriage act, Hindu Adoption and Maintenance act, rights, muslim law, hindu law.


Indian Journal of Law and Legal Research

Abbreviation: IJLLR

ISSN: 2582-8878


Accessibility: Open Access

License: Creative Commons 4.0

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