Rights attained through marriage are called conjugal rights. It is the right of the husband or the wife to the society of the other spouse. It is legally recognised by both personal laws on marriage, divorce etc., as well as the criminal law requiring payments of maintenance and alimony of a spouse.
The Supreme Court is to hear a case challenging Section 9 of the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 that deals with the restitution of conjugal rights. It recognises the right to consortium and gives legal protection for the same. Similar provisions exist in Muslim personal law and the Divorce Act, 1869 that governs Christian family law.
Written by IAS POINT