Apex Court gives Muslims right to adopt a child
In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court has given Muslims the right to adopt a child despite their personal law prohibiting it. SC said the laws of land has to get primacy over personal law till the country achieves Uniform Civil Code as provided in Article 44 of the Constitution.
The court had entered into such conflict with Muslim Personal Law in 1980s in the famous Shah Bano case, leading to amendment of the Constitution. The SC bench said the right to adoption is conferred by a law and operation of this cannot be stultified by a personal law dictate. The SC judgment comes on an 8-year-old petition by Shabnam Hashmi who had approached the apex court after being refused permission to adopt.