Nagpur: Personal laws have widely been perceived to discriminate against men and women with the former getting an upper hand, religions notwithstanding. Therefore, arguing in matters involving personal laws is not an easy job as many intriguing facts factor in such cases, said Vasanti Naik, former judge of the Bombay high court, on Saturday.
Speaking as the chief guest at a symposium on ‘New horizon of personal laws in India with respect to marriage, divorce, maintenance and success’, organized by Dr Babasaheb Amedkar College of Law (BACL), Naik said all these issues are to be tackled with deftness to avoid likely complications.
Vilasini Nair, director of Nairsons group and Naresh Kumar Vats of Maharashtra Law University were the guests of honour.
In his address, Vats dwelt at length about the relevance of joint family system in today’s society and sanctity of the marriage institution. “Laws are made in the best interest of the society as a result of which every judgment is passed by keeping in mind social needs and wants,” he added.
Nair spoke about how lawyers act as a guide to the society by counselling the parties involved in various disputes. Their role is therefore important to uphold sanctity of the system, she added.
The symposium was divided into two technical sessions. The first dealt with the laws relating to marriage and divorce while the second was on adoption and maintenance.
Students presented their views on various case laws. Topics like triple talaq, adultery and the recent decriminalization of homosexuality also came up for discussion.
Director of Central India College of Law (CICL) SM Rajan chaired the first session while advocate Firdos Mirza was the resource person. Professor Shilpa Sharma of GH Raisoni College chaired the second session while advocate MP Naidu was the resource person. Principal Shrikant Komawar and coordinator Kalyani Kapse were present.
Shyam Singh and Nischal Kukde of BACL and Surabhi Godbole of CICL won the best paper awards.
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