Polygamy system will be continued if Uniform Civil Code doesn’t get implemented. A man will marry 3-4 times curtailing the fundamental rights. There is a need to implement Uniform Civil Code for the greater interest of our Muslim women, said Assam CM.
New Delhi: Amid debate over implementation of Uniform Civil Code (UCC) in the country, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Sunday that the code should be implemented in the interest of Muslim women. Sharma said that ‘polygamy system’ will be practiced in India and men will be able to marry multiple times, thereby curtailing the fundamental rights of women, if the UCC will not be implemented in the country.
“Polygamy system will be continued if Uniform Civil Code doesn’t get implemented. A man will marry 3-4 times curtailing the fundamental rights. There is a need to implement Uniform Civil Code for the greater interest of our Muslim women,” the BJP leader was quoted as saying media persons.
Irrespective of their religion, gender, caste, etc, the Uniform Civil Code, which comes under Article 44 of the Constitution of India, proposes to introduce personal laws that would apply to all citizens equally. It essentially refers to a common set of laws governing personal matters such as marriage, divorce, adoption, inheritance, and succession. There is a growing demand to implement the Uniform Civil Code as the personal laws of various communities are largely governed by their religion.
Terming the any such move unconstitutional, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) last week called attempts by various state governments and the Centre to introduce a Uniform Civil Code in India. It has also declared it an anti-minorities move.
Earlier, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said that the state government has been preparing the first draft of a Uniform Civil Code to be implemented in the state. The Uttrakhand CM, ahed of state assembly elections, had promised that a UCC would be implemented in the state if BJP is voted back to power. Apart from Uttrakhand, Himachal Pradesh government is looking to bring in a common law for citizens.