Income Tax exemptions: Supreme Court strikes down exclusion of "old settlers", Sikkimese women married to non-Sikkimese

"...a woman is not a chattel and has an identity of her own, and the mere factum of being married ought not to take away that identity", the Court observed.
Justice MR Shah, Justice BV Nagarathna and Supreme Court
Justice MR Shah, Justice BV Nagarathna and Supreme Court

The Supreme Court last week struck down the exclusion of Sikkimese women who married persons from outside the State after April 1, 2008, and old settlers in the State whose names had not been recorded in a Sikkim Subjects Register, from availing exemptions under the Income Tax Act, 1961 granted to all Sikkimese individuals [Association of Old Settlers of Sikkim and ors vs Union of India and anr].

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