Recently, in the matter of Dr.M.Deivanayagam vs Union Of India, the Supreme Court rejected a petition seeking abolition of the practice of Varnashrama principles of Laws of Manu.
The bench comprising Justices DY Chandrachud and Hima Kohli observed. The writ petition filed under Article 32 of the Constitution of India by Dr.M.Deivanayagam in 2020 sought the following directions from the Apex Court:
- Abolish the practice of principles of Laws of Manu / Principles of Varashrama as the same leads to discrimination and diversifying the people of India on the basis of Religion, Caste, Language, Sect and etc
- To form a Committee to investigate and identify the practice of law of Manu which are prevalent in various forms across India and declare them as unconstitutional
Dr.M.Deivanayagam moved to Madras High Court and filed a PIL to remove atheistic inscriptions below the statues of Thanthai Periyar in Tamil Nadu. The High Court had dismissed the same holding that the followers of Thanthai Periyar, in the exercise of the rights under Article 19 of the Constitution of India, have a right to disagree with the existence of God.