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'Personal laws must compliment Constitutional laws'

Jaitley said while personal laws enjoyed primacy over fundamental rights in past, this had to change now

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Publish Date: Oct 17 2016 2:30PM | Updated Date: Oct 17 2016 2:35PM

'Personal laws must compliment Constitutional laws'

Central government is not considering the protests that Muslim outfits are doing against the government's plan to abolish personal laws such as triple talaq.

 

In their defence government said that personal laws must compliant with the Constitution and fundamental rights.

 

Setting the stage for a likely confrontation between Muslim bodies and the Modi government, finance minister Arun Jaitley, in a Facebook post, rejected the related argument.

 

He said that the government's opposition to triple talaq would not interfere with the constitutional law which guaranties the citizens, the right to practice any religion of one's choice.

 

Jaitley said while personal laws enjoyed primacy over fundamental rights in the past, this had to change now. The finance minister also drew a distinction between essential customs of religions.

 

He clarifies that personal laws like births, deaths, marriages, adoptions and the like to say that the latter must be in accord with the Constitution.

 

On the other hand the Supreme Court and the Law Commission's questionnaire seeking the opinion of all stakeholders on reforming family laws of different communities.