Uni­form code not prac­ti­cal: Mus­lim bodies af­ter SC re­mark

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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.

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