Sikkim High Court declares all orders under Sikkim Succession Act 2008 null and void

As reported by PLD in its May-June newsletter, several Sikkimese women had filed a petition in High Court challenging the Sikkim Succession Act, 2008 for being discriminatory as it denies equal property rights to women married to non-Sikkimese men, or those who have acquired foreign citizenship. The Sikkim High Court has declared all orders arising from the application of the said Act as null and void on the ground that it has not yet been notified by the State government. The Court did not rule on the constitutionality of the statute, as it has not yet been brought into force.