SC seeks centre's reply on PIL for uniform grounds of maintenance, alimony for all

The Supreme Court sought a response from the centre on a plea seeking “gender and religion-neutral” uniform grounds of award of maintenance and alimony for all citizens in matrimonial disputes as per the spirit of the Constitution and the international conventions. A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde issued notices to the union ministries of Home Affairs, Law and Justice, and the Women and Child Development on the PIL filed by BJP leader and lawyer Ashwini Upadhyay. The plea seeks direction from the government to take appropriate steps to remove the prevailing anomalies in the grounds of maintenance and alimony and make them uniform for all citizens without discrimination on the basis of religion, race, caste, sex, or place of birth.