Uniform Civil Code is unconstitutional, says the All India Muslim Personal Law Board

New Delhi – The All India Muslim Personal Law Board has opposed the Uniform Civil Code, saying it is unconstitutional. The Uttarakhand Government has set up a committee to draft a plan for a Uniform Civil Code. The other BJP-ruled States, including UP, are considering implementing the law. A few days back, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that it is now time to focus on Uniform Civil Code. Against this backdrop, the All India Personal Law Board has raised its objection to it.

Maulana Khalid Saifullah Rahmani, General Secretary of the Board, said that people would not accept the Uniform Civil Code. (On what basis is Maulana saying this ? – Editor) Therefore, the Central Government should not take any such step. The Constitution of India gives every citizen the right to live as they wish. It is their fundamental right. Due to this right, the minorities and tribals are allowed to have different personal laws according to their customs, traditions and beliefs. Personal law does not interfere with the Constitution in any way. Instead, the personal laws maintain trust between minority and majority communities.

A few days back, Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya of UP said that the State Government was planning to enact Uniform Civil Code across UP. A country must have a single common law for all the people. We have to get out of the system of one rule for one person and a separate law for another. We opine that there should be a Uniform Civil Code across the country.

Editorial viewpoints

  • The Supreme Court has repeatedly instructed the Government to enact the Uniform Civil Code. Does it mean that the All India Muslim Personal Law Board is above the Supreme Court ?
  • Due to the Uniform Civil Code, Muslims will not be allowed to have many wives, many children, etc., so their organisations are opposing it.

 

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