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4) Modernising the law on adultery is essential to live up to the commitment to equality offered by the Constitution.Comment.(250 words)

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4) Modernising the law on adultery is essential to live up to the commitment to equality offered by the Constitution.Comment.(250 words)

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Why this question

Indian law on adultery is a colonial era law which needs a relook, given that it is gender biased and misunderstands the modern notion of marriage.

Directive word

Key demand of the question.

The question wants us to express our opinion in favour or against the statement, whether Indian law on adultery needs a revisit and amendments in order to reflect the modern society.

Structure of the answer

Introduction- write a few lines about the salient features of Indian law on adultery. E.g section 497 of IPC; The law as it stands in India is a colonial creation, formulated 158 years ago and mention that it needs an amendment to keep up with the spirit of the times.

Body-

  • Discuss how Indian law treats adultery.
  • Bring Out the reasons as to why the law needs to be revised. E.g The law has moved on in England, where adultery is no longer penalised except as a ground to claim irretrievable breakdown of marriage; Adultery is, in Indian law, violation of one man’s marital home by another, in which women are seen as passive objects wholly devoid of agency etc.

Conclusion- based on your discussion and arguments form a fair and a balanced conclusion on the issue.