Case Study- Mary Roy v. State of Kerala
B.A.LL.B. (Hons.) National Law School of India University, Bangalore
There have been numerous alterations in the Succession laws which apply to the Christian Community residing in the Travancore/ Cochin area. The laws which have been applied ranged from the Classical law as laid down by Moses to the laws framed by the Emperor of Travancore, then ca me British laws and finally Indian law after independence. Alongside the codification of the law by the legislature, we have the courts applying their reasoning to cases of intestate succession. The Landmark and conclusive case in this regard was the matter of Mary Roy v. State of Kerala . The judgement is marked as a defining moment in the constant struggle for gender equality in Indian Family Law.