Marriage doesn’t alter a daughter’s status: Karnataka High Court

The Karnataka High Court has ruled [Priyanka Patil v. Kendriya Sainik Board] that it is against Articles 14 and 15 of the Constitution to exclude a married daughter from receiving an identity card (I-card) for dependents of ex-servicemen.

Because marriage does not modify a woman’s status as a daughter, single-judge Justice M Nagaprasanna struck down the phrase “until married” from the I-card application criteria.

Relevantly, the Court ruled that the word “men” in the title part of the term “ex-servicemen” would “demonstrate a misogynous posture of an age-old masculine culture” and that the term “ex-service personnel” should be used instead of “ex-servicemen” wherever it appears in the government’s record of policymaking.

This news is written by Ms. Amrita Singh, Research Assistant, All India Legal Forum.

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