“Country Does Not Require Uniform Civil Code,” Says Asaduddin Owaisi

Asaddudin Owaisi

New Delhi: All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief and Lok Sabha MP Asaduddin Owaisi said that in India there is no need of Uniform Civil Code. His remarks came amid the call for its implementation by the Chief Ministers of various BJP-ruled states.

Owaisi said, “It (Uniform Civil Code) is not required in this country… Law Commission has opined that a UCC is not required.”

“It also talks about prohibition of booze,” Owaisi said, countering the argument of UCC supporters that the Directive Principle of State Policy inherent in the Indian Constitution stipulates “State shall seek to establish for the citizens a uniform civil code throughout the territory of India.”

For being silent over a provision of Goa’s common civil code, Owaisi slammed BJP. The code he said allows Hindu men to marry twice.

“As per Goa civil code, Hindu men have the right of second marriage if wife fails to deliver a male child by the age of 30. BJP has the government in that state too but they are silent over the matter,” he said.

Further taking a swipe on BJP government Owaisi said, “Economy is failing, employment is rising, there is a power-coal crisis, but they (BJP leaders) are worried about UCC.”

Earlier, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami and his Himachal Pradesh counterpart Jai Ram Thakur had stated that implementation of the Uniform Civil Code will be examined by the government.

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that to give justice to Muslim Women, the introduction of the legislation is significant.

Sarma told reporters, “Everybody supports UCC. No Muslim woman wants that her husband brings home three other wives… do three marriages. Who would want that? This isn’t my issue, this is an issue for Muslim mothers and women.”

Notably, BJP had promised the implementation of UCC if it came to power in its 2019 Lok Sabha election manifesto.

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