Is J&K constitution unfair to women who marry outside the state?


women's day specialThe laws in Jammu and Kashmir, which are dictated by the constitution of state, and the Ranbir Penal Code particularly relating to the status of women citizens with respect to their citizen ship rights totally discriminate against the half the population of the state. These laws are against their fundamentals rights as those women who get married outside the state, and their children are deprived of state subject status as per section 6 of the constitution. However men who marry outside the state don’t lose their citizenship status which is totally against the spirit of equality on which the constitution of the state.

Children whose father has a state subject but their mother are from outside, and are not permanent residents get all the citizenship and inheritance rights. However this is not true if mother is a state subject but father is an outsider. Women activists allege that the entire premise of the constitution is based against the rights of women, and they want the state government to ensure equal rights for men and women.

They allege that while Indian constitution makes it clear that there can be no discrimination on the basis of gender but it is in direct conflict with the section 6 of the Indian constitution. Many Jammu residents who have married outside the state are particularly suffering because they, and their offspring are deprived of the state subject certificate as well as property rights.

In such a scenario, the residents of Jammu and Kashmir particular the women want change in the law, and also allege that state governments celebration of the International Womens’ Day is only a lip service but in reality the state does not care to the half the population of the state which is suffering because of this inequality.

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