Can we dream of a Secular India? Will the Uniform Civil Code be implemented?

| Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 18:57
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Uniform Civil Code—A faraway dream?

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has allowed the government three weeks to come up with a proposal in regard to the amendment of the Christian Divorce Act.
The Apex Court has also asked the Government to take a quick decision on the Uniform Civil Code so as to put an end to the confusion on personal laws. 
SC told the Centre, “If you (Govt.) want to do it, then you should do it. Why don’t you frame and implement it?”
Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, BJP Leader said, “Uniform Civil Code is a big issue and if Supreme Court has commented on it, then it will be seen that what is to be done?”
Speaking on the issue, Satyapal Singh, BJP leader expressed, “There should be one common law for all and everybody should abide by it.”
The matter of Uniform Civil Code came up when a Christian couple refused to accept the two-year separation period before seeking divorce and called it unconstitutional.
This is when the Supreme Court wanted to know as to why are there so many ambiguities with regard to laws governing marriage, divorce, adoption and other civil issues.
The Apex Court has given three weeks time to the Solicitor General, Ranjit Kumar, to seek instructions from the Government and inform the Court regarding the implementation of the Uniform Civil Code.
The latest update in this case has come from the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju who has said that the Supreme Court should decide on the Uniform Civil Code.

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