The Government of India, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is definitely attempting to do some reforms. Unlikely, the opposition is propagating the same in the name of protests and promoting him. In early 2020, we saw a protest against CAA. In late 2020 and early 2021, we saw protests against Farm Laws. Similarly, we will see protests erupting to fight against the Uniform Civil Code.
Well, this is as per the directive given by Delhi High Court. Yes, some say this is going to tarnish the religious laws of other religions. Moreover, the tolerance of the extremist and anti-nationals will no longer persist with this law.
In a democratic country, a uniform civil code is mandatory to ensure equality, security, and the interest of every citizen. But the question is, how does a uniform civil code promise these aspects to all citizens? Are people of other religions under threat? Let us explore.
What is Uniform Civil Code?
Every religion has different laws for marriage, divorce, adoption, inheritance, etc. For example, one religion allows men to have four wives. And some offer only one-fourth of property inheritance for women. Moreover, some religions do not allow individuals to marry an outsider.
Hence, every single religion has its own uniqueness and limitations. But, if it is governing an individual’s independence or rights, then the judiciary has to protect the rights of a citizen. Therefore, a uniform civil code across the country will ensure equality, security, and harmony for every citizen.
Through the Hindu Code Bill, the interests of every single member of the Hindu community are already protected. But, people representing other religions are still subject to their own religious laws. Hence, a uniform civil code for all religions is due.
What does the Code offer to every citizen?
With a uniform civil code in place, the vulnerable sections of the society will get legal protection. Women will get legal immunity in cases of inheritance, divorce, etc. Also, the interests of religious minorities will also get protection under this code.
In fact, a uniform civil code is mandatory in a secular republic. Moreover, it attempts to simplify complex laws pertaining to each and every religion. Precisely, it is the legal way of ensuring equality for all.
Are people of other religions under threat?
With this code, all the religious restrictions for the vulnerable sections of society will get legal immunity. Therefore, it is in no way going to cause religious disharmony. Rather, it is only meant to protect the interest of an individual. For example, if an individual prefers to marry outside a religion, he/she need not avail anyone’s consent. Hence, it is not a threat to any religion or religious beliefs.
India Needs Uniform Civil Code
Of all countries, India is among the few unique democratic systems across the world. People of all religions are accepted in India with equal rights. But, the complex laws governing a particular religion will increase the vulnerabilities of a citizen or a group of individuals. Therefore, a civil code offering legal immunity to every citizen is long due in a secular country like India.
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