Kerala Court Allows Earlier Divorce for Christians

March 1, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: CathNews Asia

Striking down a clause in the Indian Divorce Act as “discriminatory”, Kerala’s High Court has allowed Christian couples to apply for divorce after less than two years of their marriage.

The court struck down a section that said Christians can apply for divorce only two years after marriage. The court suggested reducing the waiting period to one year to make it uniform with similar laws governing people of other religions.

The court said the clause of the Indian Divorce Act, applicable only to Christians, is “discriminatory” because people of other religions do not have such a waiting period for seeking divorce.