Political Reformulation of Christian Personal Law

Flavia Agnes

in Law and Gender Inequality

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780195655247
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081189 | DOI:
Political Reformulation of Christian Personal Law

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This chapter aims to trace the complex legal history of the Indian Christian community and their attempts at reform in the post-independence period and recent judicial intervention. The process of tracing the developments within the Christian personal law is complex because the laws governing Christians are shaped by two distinct colonial influences, and because the post-independence attempts of reform are marked by the conflict between the conservative Roman Catholic doctrine and the reformist Protestant theology which has its roots within European politics. In conclusion, it must be emphasized that to unravel the legal maze within which the Christian family laws are ensnared, a whole range of legal reforms are necessary and imperative. Unfortunately, even though the community is ready and willing, the political will to legislate for them is sadly lacking.

Keywords: legal history; Indian Christian community; judicial intervention; personal law; colonial influences; Roman Catholic doctrine; Protestant theology; family laws

Chapter.  9015 words. 

Subjects: Family Law

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