Uniform code not practical: Muslim bodies after SC remark
New Delhi: Aday after the Supreme Court’s strong observations on Uniform Civil Code, members of prominent Muslim minority organisations said that a Unified Civil Code was “neither practical, nor possible to implement” in a country with so much diversity.
Cutting across organisations, they questioned the idea of UCC citing different personal laws and diverse cultural backgrounds of communities even within one religion.
Prominent members of the minority organisations like All India Muslim Personal Law Board and Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind also cited the Law Commission’s consultation paper on family laws released last year on August 31. The AIMPLB had then welcomed the panel’s assertion that a UCC is neither necessary nor desirable at this stage. The minority organisation had reiterated its position that it was not open to changes in personal law and reform as suggested by the commission will happen only through the “social framework”.
“We have so much diversity in personal laws. How can one UCC apply to all. If the government at some stage does manage to bring in a UCC using its majority power in Parliament it will open a Pandora’s box of troubles in terms of on-ground implementation,” Kamal Faruqui, a member of the AIMPLB, added. Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind’s senior functionary Niaz Ahmed Farooqui too said that the UCC was impossible to implement.