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Hindu codes come under apex court scanner.

MORE than five decades after the codification of the Hindu personal laws governing marriage, succession, maintenance and guardianship among Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists and Jains are set to be put to " secularism test" before the Supreme Court.

A three- judge bench comprising Chief Justice Altamas Kabir, Justice S. S. Nijjar and Justice J. Chelameswar has issued notice on a petition challenging the constitutional validity of the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955, the Hindu Succession Act, 1956, the Hindu Adoptions and Maintenance Act, 1956 and the Hindu Minority and Guardianship Act, 1956 for being discriminatory against Sikhs, Buddhists and Jains by naming the laws after Hindus.

The bench has especially sought to know the stand of the minority affairs ministry and has requested Attorney General G. E. Vahanvati to assist it in the matter.

Birendra Kuar and one more person, who had approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking a " secular" name for the enactments, had appealed before the SC after the high court dismissed their petition in which they contended that the state could not promote any religion.

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Date:Oct 29, 2012
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