Assam-based citizen’s forum, Patriotic People’s Front Assam (PPFA), has welcomed a recent observation of Delhi High Court which backed the Uniform Civil Code and urged the Centre to take necessary steps.
The Patriotic People’s Front Assam (PPFA) said that the Uniform Civil Code should be applied across the country and requested the newly-appointed Union law minister Kiren Rijiju to work on the same.
The Delhi High Court, favouring a UCC in the country, asked the central government to take necessary steps for its total implementation. It observed that in the modern society of India, which is gradually becoming homogenous, the traditional barriers of religion, community and caste are slowly dissipating.
“The hope expressed in Article 44 of the Constitution that the state shall secure for its citizens Uniform Civil Code ought not to remain a mere hope,” a bench of Justice Prathiba M Singh said, adding that the need for a Uniform Civil Code as envisioned under Article 44, has been reiterated from time to time by the Supreme Court.
The court also viewed that the youth belonging to various communities, tribes, castes or religions, who solemnise their marriages, ought not to be forced to struggle with issues arising due to conflicts in various personal laws, especially in relation to their marriages and divorces.
‘Uniform Civil Code will be one law on personal matters’
“We whole heartedly support the high court’s reflection that there should be a code which is common to all in our country,” stated a PPFA statement adding that once implemented fully, the UCC will essentially provide one law for the entire country, applicable to all religious communities in their personal matters such as marriage, divorce, inheritance, adoption etc.