Should religion be given a say in the process of law-making

Preamble of the Indian Constitution stipulates that India is a secular country. It is supported by Article 25 of Part III which provides freedom of conscience and free practice, propagation and profession of religion. Also, Indian way of secularism means that India is non-religious and not anti or irreligious. So the state supports all the religions without any favouritism.

India is a birth place of many religions. Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism and Jainism are born here. Christianity and Islam are also widely practised in India. Furthermore there are many cultures and traditions which are imbibed our society. Not considering the voice of religion in such a multi diverse society is an act of ignorance. All the laws governing the personal life of citizens are based on the religion. For example, Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 and The Muslim Women Act, 1968 are promulgated respecting the religious values of citizens.

According to the sociologists, like Robert. K. Merton, who believe in functionalism, religion is a part of society and cannot function without it. However, this doesn’t mean that religion takes the centre stage as in case of some Islamic countries. Religion should evolve itself with by complimenting and contradicting laws in any society.