New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday adjourned for four weeks a plea seeking direction to the Center to enact gender- and religion-neutral laws on uniform age of marriage, divorce, maintenance, and alimony. A bench headed by Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud adjourned the matter for four weeks. The court also observed that the question is to what extent the court can interfere with the prayer made by the petitioner.
The court also said that it is a legislative function and the government has to consider and pass laws.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre, questioned whether gender-neutral laws can be judicially made. The court was hearing the petition filed by advocate Ashwini Upadhyay.
The petitions sought uniform grounds for divorce, alimony, succession, inheritance, adoption, marriage, and maintenance for all citizens of the country in keeping with the spirit of the Constitution and international conventions.