The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday adjourned the hearing on Public Interest Litigation (PIL) for four weeks on petitions seeking direction to the Centre to make gender and religion-neutral laws on uniform marriage age, divorce, maintenance and alimony.
A bench led by Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud adjourned the matter for four weeks.
Moreover, the court observed that the question is to what extent the court can intervene in the prayer raised by the petitioner.
The court also noted that this is a legislative function and it is for government to consider and pass laws.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre questioned whether gender-neutral laws can be done judicially.
The court was hearing the petition filed by advocate Ashwini Upadhyay.
The petitions sought uniform grounds for , alimony, succession, inheritance, adoption, marriage, and maintenance for all citizens of the country, keeping with the spirit of the Constitution and international conventions.
Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for one of the parties in the case, opposed the “omnibus suggestions” made in Mr. Upadhyay’s petition.
Mr. Sibal agreed with the court’s prima facie view that the issue should be left to the legislature and the government to decide.