Major Amendements In Hindu Laws



Hindu law is a group of principles or guidelines called ‘Dharma’. Dharma concurring to Hindu writings grasps everything throughout everyday life. As per the Hindus, ‘Dharma’ incorporates not just what is known as a law in the advanced sense of the term however all principles of good and appropriate human direct. Dharma means justice what is directly in a given condition, moral, religious, devout or noble lead, being useful to living creatures and things, obligation, law, and utilization or custom having in the power of law and furthermore a legitimate Rajashasana.


The term ‘Hindus’ means every one of those people who claim the Hindu religion either by birth from Hindu guardians or by conversion to Hindu faith. In Yagnapurus dasji v. Muldas, the Supreme Court acknowledged the working recipe developed by Tilak in regards to Hindu religion that ‘acknowledgment of Vedas’ with worship, recognition of the way that the number of Gods to be worshipped everywhere, that is the distinguishing highlight of Hindu religion. In Shastri v Muldas, SC has held that different suborders of Hindus, for example, Swaminarayan, Satsangis, Arya Samaj is are likewise Hindus by religion since they pursue a similar essential idea of Hindu Philosophy. Converts and Reconverts are likewise Hindus.


It was systematized in the period after Independence Hindu individual law has been step by step developing and evolving. The Hindu Marriage Act was passed in 1955. Common laws identified with Adoption, Succession and Maintenance was likewise passed in the following years. The term ‘HINDUS’ under the act incorporates Jains, Buddhists, Sikhs, and every one of the individuals who are not Christians, Muslims, Jews and Parsis. 

There have been a few upgrades in the decade since, the latest been the Amendment of the Hindu Succession Act, 2005 which gave the privilege to daughters to request partition of parental homes like brothers and made them equivalent coparceners in the property of Hindu Undivided family. However the daughter can avail this advantage just if her dad had passed away after September 9,2005.Like these there has been several other amendments in Hindu law to cope with the interest of the society. 


The Hindu Succession (Amendment) Act, 2005 was instituted to remove sex-biased arrangements in the Hindu Succession Act, 1956. Under the change, the daughter of a coparcener will by birth become a coparcener in her privilege in a similar way as the son. The girl will presently have similar rights in the coparcenaries property (ancestral property of the Hindu undivided family) as a son. This change additionally repeals Section 23 of the Hindu Succession Act which disentitled a female beneficiary to request partition regarding a dwelling house, entirely occupied by a joint family, until the male beneficiaries partition their particular offers. Section 24 of the Act which prevented rights from securing a widow to acquire her husband’s property upon her re-marriage has been revoked. This Act has realized a focal change that is pertinent to all the state governments.


Law Commission proposed a legislation “Marriage Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2010” to revise the Hindu marriage Act, 1955 and also the Special marriage Act, 1954 to make divorce less complicated on the ground of irretrievable breakdown of marriage was given within the parliament in 2012.  

The Bill replaces the words “not earlier than six months” in Section 13-B with the words “Upon receipt of a petition.”

It likewise gives a superior defend to spouses by inserting section 13D by which the wife may restrict the award of an announcement on the ground that the dissolution of the marriage will bring about great financial hardship to her and that it would in every condition not be right to break down the marriage. New section 13E gives limitation on decree for divorce affecting children of the spouses and expresses that a court will not pass a decree of divorce under section 13C except if the court is fulfilled that satisfactory arrangement for the support of kids resulting from the marriage has been made reliably with the monetary limit of the gatherings to the marriage.

This bill made a similar arrangement in the Special Marriage Act, 1954.


  • The Personal Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2018 was presented in Lok Sabha by the Minister for Law and Justice, Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad, on August 10, 2018. It tries to correct five Acts. These are (I) the Divorce Act, 1869, (ii) the Dissolution of Muslim Marriage Act, 1939, (iii) the Special marriage Act, 1954, (iv) the Hindu marriage Act, 1955, and (v)the Hindu Adoptions and Maintenance Act, 1956.
  • These Acts contain provisions relating with marriage, separation, and separation of Hindu and Muslim couples. Every one of these Acts endorse leprosy as a ground for looking for separation or divorce from the partner.
  • The Bill looks to expel this as a ground for separation or divorce.


•    Clause (c) of sub-section (2) of Section 18 shall be omitted according to  Personal Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2018.

•    The Ministry of Women and Child Development is set to start changes to the Hindu Adoptions and Maintenance Act, 1956 (HAMA) to forbid any further adoptions under the personal law and rather bring it under the domain of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015.


Amendment in the constitutional laws is necessary because the Constitution should be changed according to the needs and aspirations of the people and to remove the shortcomings of the constitution. There have been many amendments made from time to time in various Hindu Laws. A recent amendment under Hindu law has been suggested by the legislation by presenting Personal Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2018 suggesting legislation on leprosy and need to eliminate the social taboo related to leprosy. 


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here