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National Seminar on “Inter religious marriages: Legal issues and response”

ITMU School of Law is organizing a National Seminar on “Inter religious marriages: Legal issues and response”.

Date: 25th May, 2013
Venue: ITM University, Gurgaon – 122017

Inter religion marriages is a very delicate issue in the Indian society. Traditionally inter caste and inter religion marriages have always been frowned upon by the society. With globalization there is partial acceptance of inter religion marriages. However, there are several legal and social complications involved in it. Generally inter religion marriage is not possible under the personal laws. It is possible under the Special Marriage Act, 1954.

Hence in case of inter religion marriages one of the parties has to convert to the religion of the other party or they have to marry under the Special Marriage Act. In many cases under fear that their parents might separate them they take emotional decisions and enter into a form of marriage which is not recognized as a valid form of marriage under law. A news item published in newspaper “The Hitavada” on 2-4-2008, says that a Muslim girl married a Christian boy according to Hindu rituals to show their parents their love is beyond religion (without realizing it is not a valid marriage).

In some cases they enter into two different form of marriage, one according to the boy’s side and second according to the girl’s side to satisfy both the sides. In later stage when there is any matrimonial dispute they realize that no remedy can be provided to them as their marriage is not a valid marriage.

The seminar topics would focus on a range of subjects related with Inter Religious Marriages

Sub – Themes:

  1. Validity of Inter religious Marriages
  2. Reform in Family Law
  3. Inter relationship between Religion and law
  4. The philosophy of Uniform civil code in India
  5. Judicial Response to the issue
  6. Succession / Inheritance

Call for Papers:
Research papers are invited from scholars, researchers, practitioners, academicians and students on issues related to above themes. Author of selected papers would be given an opportunity to present their paper on the day of seminar.

Submission Guideline:

Important Dates:

Submission Method:
Prospective authors are invited to submit Abstract at email-id, cc to After acceptance of the abstract the full paper should also be submitted on the same email-id.

Registration fees:
Rs. 500/- for each participant

It has to be paid by DD drawn in favour of ITM University, Gurgaon on the day of seminar during Registration. All the participants will be provided with certificate.

Mrs. P. Lakshmi
Asst. Professor of Law
ITM University, Sector 23 A, Gurgoan – 122017
Phone: +91-9582214430, 91-124-2365811 to 12

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