Cabinet passes bill: Divorce to get quicker and Wives to get share in marital property.
And why is it a good thing?
1. Women to become equal owners of property acquired during a marriage. I have blogged about Right to Marital Property Act earlier, over here.
Women’s contribution in acquiring of marital property is generally not acknowledged (beyond occasional lip service). It is seen as normal that most of the family’s earnings are made by one partner, while the other contributes towards unpaid labour, motherhood, elder care and house keeping, all the while when they could be making themselves financially secure. Marriage and motherhood should not mean lost opportunities for women.
Edited and updated after publishing.
Also, women’s inheritance, and when they do earn, their income, are seen as rightfully belonging to the husband’s family, who also might disallow or compel them to work or to give up work.
Do read these two links before you disagree,
i. How are men at a huge financial advantage in our world? Read Samosa of Doom’s comment made into a post here.
ii. Marriage affects career opportunities for women, because they either cannot work after marriage or were able to work in a limited capacity. In about 85 per cent of the cases, separated women “bear the burden of looking after their children single-handed.” [Read the entire article here]
2. Easier divorce but, ‘the Bill provides for some safeguards to women to ensure that the “irretrievable breakdown of marriage” clause for divorce is not misused. There is a provision giving the women right to oppose divorce pleas filed by husbands on grounds of irretrievable breakdown of marriage.’ [link1] [link2]
So it addresses the concerns expressed here, “If one of the parties wants a divorce, it should be granted irrespective of who’s “fault” it is.”
While the Bill can’t stop men from remarrying without divorcing the first wife, or from having relationships outside their marriage (chinna veedu, polygamy etc), it does not empower them to abandon a family dependent on them.
Finally I was delighted to read this tweet 🙂
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