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The debate goes on around the Uniform Civil Code in India

Friday 8 July 2016, by siawi3

Source: http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/hyderabad/Academics-activists-see-Hindutva-stamp-in-uniform-civil-code-move/2016/07/03/article3511562.ece

Academics, activists see Hindutva stamp in uniform civil code move

By Aishik Chanda

Published: 03rd July 2016 06:07 AM

Last Updated: 03rd July 2016 06:20 AM

HYDERABAD: Academicians, religious scholars and advocates from the city are sceptical over the implementation of Uniform Civil Code by the Centre.

Noted academician Prof Kancha Illaiah of Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) has opined that irrespective of religion, every individual should marry through a legal system and should get a certificate for that.

“No marriage should only be religious in nature. Every marriage should be registered in a court, panchayat office or any legal system where individuals can get a certificate of marriage. There should be equal rights for marriage, divorce and property,” he said.

However, he does not support the BJP’s Uniform Civil Code. “There are many civil codes. Even Ambedkar wanted to bring Hindu Code bill. The present Uniform Civil Code is BJP’s Hindutva agenda and is not acceptable. The way it deals with the Christians, Muslims and other religious minorities and issues of priest marriages and child marriages is not clear. It would not be easy for them to push their Uniform Civil Code as religious minorities would definitely oppose it,” he opined.

Echoing Prof Kancha Illaiah’s assesment, Haafiz Hassan bin Ahmed Shakir, president of Al Faizan Educational Society in Barkas, said, “We have always believed in the diversity of India. We have obeyed what India has asked us to. That does not give any government which comes for only five years the right to intervene in our religious matters, which has been carried on by the orders of Prophet Mohammed PBUH and is universal for all Muslims of the world irrespective of their nationality.”

“Is Islam an obstacle towards the growth of India? If not, then why are our religious matters being meddled with? Every religion has its own rights and this plurality bestowed upon us in the 1950s through separate laws for religious communities would take forward the country. This change is not welcome,” he added.

Senior advocate S Satyam Reddy also shared serious doubts and expressed concern over the implementation of the Uniform Civil Code.

“The Code is a Directive Principle of State Policy and is not enforceable in the constitution. Though desirable in a multi-cultural, multi-religious and multi-ethnic country, its imposition is impractical and may hurt the religious sentiments of many communities,” he said.