Marital And Family Discords In Armed Forces Households

Nandini Sharma, Jindal Global Law School


In the language of law ‘marriage’ means a ‘social contract.’ In reality, marriage comes with a lot of emotional as well as social compression and due to the stigma attached to this people keep marriage and family as their priority and everything else is considered secondary especially when we speak of a country like India where for the longest period joint family system existed almost in every household. However, this stigma does not imply when we speak of military households, where the primary responsibility for military personnel is safeguarding the territorial integrity of the country over any external factors. By committing to a career in military one is voluntarily prioritizing their duty over their family and marriage.

This paper aims to present the legal provisions which determines the positions of members in a armed forces family and understand the position of Indian law in case of a marital or family dispute. Further it analyses the common grounds for the failure of marriage in a military household focusing on Indian armed forces only and not implying the position of laws of other countries. I, also intend to present some controversial debates over adultery law and a distinctive position of armed forces on decriminalization of adultery.

Indian Journal of Law and Legal Research

Abbreviation: IJLLR

ISSN: 2582-8878


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