Important Topic: Religious Disabilities Act, 1856

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Religious Disabilities Act, 1856, which modified Hindu customs, for instance declaring that a change of religion did not debar a son from inheriting the property of his heathen father caused fear among Indian.

A regulation for declaring the practice of sati, or of burning or burying alive the widows of Hindus, illegal, and punishable by the criminal courts, passed by the governor-general William Bentinck in council on 4 December 1829. The Hindu Widows' Remarriage Act, 1856 enacted on 26 July 1856, legalised the remarriage of Hindu widows in all jurisdictions of India under East India Company rule.

All the three regulations/ acts were seen by many Indians as an interference of British in Indian religion, custom, tradition and attempt of Christian missionaries to convert Indians in Christianity. Hence above were socio religious causes of revolt of 1857. Age of consent Act prohibiting child marriage was enacted in 1891, nearly 34 years after 1857 revolt.



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