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Law Commission invites public opinion on Uniform Civil Code
Aniruddha Choudhury 29 Nov 2016

Law Commission invites public opinion on Uniform Civil Code

Amidst raging debate and opposition to the age old practice of triple talaq practiced under the Muslim Law under which a Muslim man can divorce his wife orally by saying- "talaq,talaq, talaq" , the Law Commission has invited public opinion on the issue..

On 7 October, the Law commission issued an appeal which called for a healthy discussion about the viability of having a Uniform Civil Code across the country. This would mean that there will be one law governing all aspects on religious law and not individual laws such as Hindu law and Muslim law as we have at present.

The notification sought the opinion of all stakeholders and the general public for ensuring that norms of not one class, group or community were given importance over the others. It offered a questionnaire to solicit opinions and ideas of the public about the ways in which diversity in family law in the country could be addressed.

It also sought contribution of social groups, religious groups, minority groups, NGO’s, political parties and any other agencies to present their views on adoption of the uniform civil code and send it to – 14th floor, H,T House, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi- 110001, by post or email to lci-dla@nic,in within a period of 45 days.

Through the questionnaire, the Commission has tried to address issues like: what aspects of family law should the Universal Civil Code include, such as marriage, divorce, adoption, guardianship and child custody, maintenance, successions and inheritance, whether the adoption of a uniform code should be optional or not and if its adoption will ensure gender quality. Response on whether the practice of triple talaq infringed on a persons’ right to religion has also been asked.

On the same day, under a case against triple talaq which is being heard by the Supreme Court, the Central government opposed the practice of triple talaq and said that it went against principles of equality enshrined in the Constitution. It added that the dignity of women could not be compromised and that such a practice should be abolished.

 

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