Hence there is a need to revisit and review the present provision of the Indian Penal Code, dealing with adultery in India and make necessary changes, especially in the backdrop of the fact that other countries are increasingly doing away with adultery as a crime altogether, though, as had been rightly stated by the High Court of Bombay, ‘.
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These two provisions of law, that have been done away with since, form the very source for most of the laws in the Middle Eastern and North African countries that continue to legalize or defend the murdering of the wives and/or their lovers, by their respective husbands, as a punishment for adultery.
On the other hand, most European countries have decriminalized adultery.
It was only possible for them to do so if they could ensure that the person or persons inheriting the property after their death belonged to their own bloodline and that they did not belong to the bloodline of some other person.