Book Chapter

The Problem with Personal Law in India

Farrah Ahmed

The Cambridge Companion to Comparative Family Law | Cambridge University Press | Published : 2019


Family law in India is largely based on a system of religious law, commonly referred to as 'personal laws'. The term 'personal law' is though to have been used to distinguish laws that apply to people based on their religious affiliation from territorial laws. It is also thought that the laws were 'personal' because they regulated the 'private' sphere of family life.

University of Melbourne Researchers