Modi government to introduce Uniform Civil Code?

New Delhi: In what would come as a thunderous political move ahead of the Uttar Pradesh elections, the Centre has written to the Law commission asking to submit a report on the implementation of Uniform civil code in near future, media reports said.

The much controversial ‘uniformity in civil laws’ has been pushed by Bharatiya Janata Party’s ideological mentor RSS for decades and has been put to question many a time in both the Houses.

However, this is the first time a government has asked the commission officially for a legal reform into the Uniform civil code.

The Union Law Minister Sadananda Gowda informed that all the stakeholders and political parties would be consulted before making an informed suggestion.

Uniform civil code is a common set of laws governing each citizen of the state, which includes personal matters like marriage, divorce, inheritance, adoption etc, irrespective of those being practised by different religions of India.

The article 44 of the directive principles of state policy in the Constitution states: "The state shall endeavour to secure for the citizens a uniform civil code throughout the territory of India.”

However, the Directive principles are mere guidelines, not mandatory for the State to follow.

The factions against Uniform civil code often argue that India is a secular democratic republic and that its Constitution guarantees minorities the right to follow their own religion, culture and customs. However, they fail to acknowledge the many unjust, unfair, discriminatory laws that are protected under the umbrella of religious freedom.

Written by Mayank Mohanti