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‘There may be illegitimate parents, but no illegitimate children’


Team Udayavani, Jul 15, 2021, 12:05 PM IST

Bengaluru: The Karnataka High court quashed a circular issued by the Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Limited (KPTCL) on September 23, 2011, which said under no circumstances would the second wife or her children be eligible for appointment on compassionate grounds if the marriage has taken place during the subsistence of the first marriage.

The Karnataka high court observed, “No child is born in this world without a father and a mother. A child has no role to play in his/her birth. Hence, law should recognise…there may be illegitimate parents, but no illegitimate children.”

A division bench headed by Justice BV Nagarathna, allowing the writ appeal filed by K Santhosha, a resident of Kanakapura taluk, directed the authorities to consider his application for compassionate appointment in two months’ time.

The bench also noted that the provisions of Special Marriage Act, 1954 is a piece of legislation bringing about uniformity in the law relating to marriages and an example of legislation which is driven towards Uniform Civil Code as envisaged under Article 44 of the Constitution of India.

Referring to Supreme Court’s judgment in VR Tripathi case, the court said it is necessary to protect rights of all such children in all religions, vis-a-vis compassionate appointment.

“It is for the Parliament to determine in what way protection could be extended to children born outside a valid marriage,” the bench said.

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