Review of Laws and Legislative Measures Affecting Women
by National Commission for Women (NCW)

No. 34: The Indian Divorce Act, 1869

Suggested Amendment by NCW

Section 74 ( 1 ) of the proposed Christian Marriage Bill, 1999 (Government of India Draft) says - 1) The Indian Divorce Act, 1869, the Indian Christian Marriage Act, 1872, the Indian and Colonial Divorce Jurisdiction Act, 1940, the Indian Divorce Act, 1945, and any enactment corresponding to the Indian Christian Marriage Act, 1872, in force in the territories which, immediately before the first day of November 1956, were comprised in the State of Travancore-Cochin and Manipur, are here repealed.

'By virtue of the above provision, once the referred Bill is passed in the Parliament and becomes an Act, the Indian Divorce Act, 1869 will be repealed'.

The Commission, therefore, proposes to drop the above referred Act from the pending list of the Acts which the Commission is reviewing.


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