Old Law:

As per the Marriage Laws Amendment Act 1976, a person subjected to recurrent attacks of insanity or epilepsy cannot have a legally valid marriage and such a marriage shall be voidable, resulting in divorce.

The New Law:

However, after the public interest litigation filed by Indian Epilepsy Association, vide the Rajyasabha Bill dated Nov. 30, 1999 and Loksabha Bill dated Dec. 20, 1999, the provisions have been changed.

The current rule is that a person with epilepsy can have a legally valid marriage and is no longer a condition to claim for divorce.

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