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Hindu Law

The Laws

Introduction

Nature & Scope / Philosophy of Hindu Law:

Hindu law is not a law as understood in modern times. A law in the present sense would mean an act framed by the legislature of a State. Hindu law has not been made by legislature but it is the law made by the Divine Being and which has been re-built in the Vedas.

It is the Dharma i.e. the duties, rules of conduct, moral, religious and the political, enjoined by the Almighty on the Hindu community. Thus it covers all the laws which are kept separate under the modern system of law.

Thus, Hindu law as understood in the ancient times was not the command of the political sovereign of community. Rather it was the command of the Supreme Being applicable to both- the King and his subjects, the ruler and the ruled. The king and his subjects were equally…

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