Hindu Code Bill

A Hindu Code Bill  was introduced by Br. B.R. Ambedkar in the Constituent Assembly on 11th April, 1947. Ambedkar moved in the different direction from the main task.  His Hindu Code Bill covered with the

i) right to property,

ii) order of succession to the property,

iii) maintenance, marriage, divorce adoption, minority and guardianship.

The Bill was moved for referring to the Select Committee on 9th April, 1948.

On 21 July, 2948, Dr. Rajendra Prasad gave expression to his objection to Hindu Code Bill.

The Bill was re-introduced in Parliament on 17 September 1951. The Prime-Minister  withdrew his support to the Hindu Code Bill. Jawaharlal Nehru bowed down to the Hindu orthodoxy. In utter disgust Dr. Ambedkar resigned from the Cabinet on 11 October 1951.

Addressing a meeting of women (300) in Bombay on 24 November 1951 Dr. Ambedkar stated that the Hindu Code Bill would improve the condition of women and give them more rights and requested them to support the Bill and vote for candidates who would bring real democracy in the country. He regretted that some Congressmen were against the Bill, trying to delay it some way or other. [Source Material On Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar and The Movement of Untouchables, Vol. 1. p. 390]