The High Court of Allahabad has awarded alimony to a Muslim wife. Doesn’t sound like news to you? Didn’t to me, either, but this is apparently groundbreaking. Here’s the article from Rediff India. If you’re wondering as I was about what the signficance of the High Court of Allahabad, you can check out the history and function of the court.
In the court’s ruling, it said that Hindu law was clear that alimony was permissable and that to deny alimony on the basis of religious law alone would amount to religious discrimination. The Indian Constitution forbids discrimination on the basis of caste, creed or religion.