India: Member of the Legislative Assembly in favour of Buddhist Marriage Act

DPA, Nov 21, 2007

NAGPUR, India -- North Nagpur Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) Nitin Raut observed a symbolic hunger strike on the assembly premises demanding passing of the Buddhist Marriage and Succession Act-2007. Raut broke the fast after an assurance by the state’s minister for social justice Chandrakant Handure.

Addressing mediapersons, Handure said that the issue would be taken up during the session and views of various experts related to the subject would be gathered soon.

Speaking on the behalf of the chief minister, he reiterated the government’s intention to come up with this law.

Later, while talking to the press, Raut said that this would affect a substantial population in the state which follows the Buddhist religion and would like to have a separate personal law.

He said that around 74,000 cases are pending in the courts and if tried under the proposed Buddhist Marriage Act, it would be more advantageous to the women, as women’s liberty was one of the main objectives of Dr Ambedkar.

He said that the proposed law which deals with various aspects of marriage as per Buddhist traditions has provisions favouring women’s causes. He was accompanied by a group of Buddhist monks.