In a first of its kind move from a union government, the Centre asked the law commission to “examine” ways to implement the uniform civil code in India. The Modi-government, in a letter sent to the law commission, sought a detailed report upon the matter looking into the socio-political issues in the implementation of uniform civil code.
According to an Economic Times’ report, law ministry wrote the letter to law commission, which has a vital role in reformation of laws, asking for complete report looking into the past and future of the matter.
The letter asks the Law Commission to “examine the matter in relation to uniform civil code and submit a report,” ET said.
Along with the letter, the ministry has also sent a lot of documents related to the case and discussion upon it.
According to the sources, the law commission in the leadership of retired Supreme Court Justice Balbir Singh Chauhan, will submit its final report after taking many rounds of discussions with various stakeholders.
This is not the first time where Modi government acts for the implementation of the uniform civil code. Earlier, the Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister, M Venkaiah Naidu, had recently come forward expressing his willingness to implement the law in the nation.
“What is best in every religion, in every society should be taken out. I am of the firm view, marriage, divorce, inheritance and right to property these things should be common. Other things, of course, what is the way of worship, what is the way of other practices should be left to individuals. There is nothing against any religion in common civil code,” he said.
However, he had made it clear that he is of the opinion that it should be implemented after taking various stakeholders into the consideration.
Union Law Minister DV Sadananda Gowda has also shared his views on the matter in an interview to Economic Times. “As far as national integration is concerned, this (uniform civil code) is one of the aspects that we have to take care of,” he said.
“It will entail time because of so many personal laws across the country. There are so many other customs and rituals, and emotions attached to the issue. Slowly and steadily we need to put it in public domain,” he added.
Meantime, the new development in the issue is believed to trigger a heated debate in the nation regarding personal laws and secularism. As of now, the country is having different personal laws for Muslims and Hindus.
According to the religious leaders, the bid to implement uniform civil code is a clear violation of the constitutional rights that give them absolute freedom to follow and practice their religion.
If implemented, the uniform civil code would bring drastic changes in laws pertaining to property, marriage, divorce, inheritance and succession.
The discussions about uniform civil code firstly shook the country in 1985 when the Supreme Court pronounced its verdict in the Shah Banu case. When Supreme Court opined that uniform civil code should be implemented in India to avoid further confusions, the Rajiv Gandhi government passed the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Divorce) Act, 1986 and diluted the Court verdict.