India to amend divorce law for Christians
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Catholic official welcome's the move but says the church's teaching on divorce has not changed
An Indian bride during a ceremony in New Delhi on March 10. The federal law ministry has cleared a long-pending proposal to amend a provision that requires Christian couples seeking divorce to separate for at least two years before filing their application.(Photo by AFP)
ucanews.com reporter, New Delhi
September 14, 2016
Christian leaders have welcomed the Indian government's move to remove a discriminatory clause in India’s divorce legislation applicable to Christians, but a church officials say they still take a dim view of ending marriages.
The federal law ministry has cleared a long-pending proposal to amend a provision that requires Christian couples seeking divorce to separate for at least two years before filing their application. The period of separation for people of other religions is only one year.
"We welcome the move to take away the discriminatory provision from the law and make it equal for all," said Father Joseph Chinnayya, Deputy Secretary General of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India.
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