Legal Status of Jainism As A Distinct Religion in India

Legal Status Of Jainism As A Distinct Religion In India

Jainism is considered to be a legally distinct religion in India. Many others consider it a reformist movement that is a part or sub-sect of Hinduism, historically and legally. The Supreme Court of India has made several pronouncement on the question, most recently observing that Jainism is "indisputably is not a part of Hindu Religion". The question is politically charged because the Jains if recognized as a religious minority would be eligible for a series of benefits granted to minority groups by the Constitution of India. Since India became a Republic in 1950, the Constitution has brought the various social contracts such as marriage and inheritance of all Jains fully under the purview of Hindu Laws, a status that remains unchanged today. The Union of India does not accord Jains, Buddhists and Sikhs the status of a religious minority even as some States have passed judgments pronouncing such a status at the state level.

Read more about Legal Status Of Jainism As A Distinct Religion In India:  History of Jain Demand For Minority Status, The Bal Patil Judgement, U.P. Basic Shiksha Parishad Judgment, "Freedom of Religion Bill" Controversy in Gujarat, Chronological Order of Various Court Judgments On Jainism As A Separate Religion, List of States in Which Jains Have Been Declared As Minority

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