By Maktoob Staff

The Uttarakhand Uniform Civil Code (UCC) Bill, 2024 has been granted assent by President of India Droupadi Murmu on Wednesday, 13 March.

The Bill, which seeks to “govern and regulate the laws related to marriage and divorce, successions, live-in relationships and matters related thereto”, was passed by the Assembly on 7 February.

On 28 February, the Bill was approved by the State Lieutenant Governor and reserved for President’s assent.

According to Live Law, some key aspects of the law are: mandatory registration of live-In relations, conditions for a contract marriage, ban on halala, iddat and polygamy, and similar inheritance rights for men and women. It applies not only to Uttarakhand but also to residents of the State who are living outside its territories. The application to Scheduled Tribes, however, is excluded.

“Under Article 201 of the ‘Constitution of India’, the President gave assent to the ‘Uniform Civil Code Uttarakhand 2024’ Bill passed by the Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly, on 11 March 2024, and it is published as Act Number 3, the year 2024, of Uttarakhand for general information,” said the state government in a gazette issued on Wednesday.

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