Wednesday, Dec 06, 2023

Why Now After 9 Years: Former Law Minister Kapil Sibal Questions After PM Modi's Pitch For Uniform Civil Code

Why Now After 9 Years: Former Law Minister Kapil Sibal Questions After PM Modi's Pitch For Uniform Civil Code

In a tweet on Wednesday, the former law minister Kapil Sibal also asked whether PM Modi's proposal for the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) would also include Hindus, Tribals, North-East.

Former law minister Kapil Sibal
Former law minister Kapil Sibal PTI

Taking a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his pitch in favour of Uniform Civil Code, former law minister Kapil Sibal asked why has it been due for nine years.

He also asked in a tweet how "uniform" was his proposal and whether it would also include Hindus, tribals and the northeast.

In a tweet on Wednesday, Sibal, a Rajya Sabha MP, said, "Prime Minister: Pushes for Uniform Civil Code, accuses Opposition of instigating Muslims. Questions: 1) Why now after 9 years? 2024? 2) How 'uniform' is your proposal: Covers : Hindus, Tribals, North-East, All? 3) Every day your Party targets Muslims. Why? Concerned now!"

PM Modi on Uniform Civil Code

While addressing the party workers in Madhya Pradesh, PM Modi firmly spoke in favour of implementation of a Uniform Civil Code in the country on Tuesday and said Muslims are being instigated over the sensitive issue as he attacked Opposition parties over corruption.

In his address, PM Modi said even the Supreme Court has advocated for a Uniform Civil Code (UCC), but those practising vote bank politics are opposing it.

PM Modi also launched a scathing attack on Opposition parties, contending they can only "guarantee" corruption, and accused them of being involved in scams worth “at least Rs 20 lakh crore". 

Modi asserted his party BJP has decided it would not adopt the path of appeasement and vote bank politics.

He said the Opposition is using the issue of UCC, which relates to a common law pertaining to marriage, divorce, inheritance, maintenance and succession of property for all citizens, to mislead and provoke the Muslim community.

“You tell me, in a home, how can there be one law for one member and another law for another member? Will that home be able to function? Then how will the country be able to function with such a dual system? We have to remember that even in the Constitution, there is a mention of equal rights for all,” he said.

“These people (opposition) level allegations against us but the reality is that they chant Musalman, Musalman. Had they really been (working) in the interests of Muslims, then Muslim families would not have been lagging in education and jobs,” he said.

Actions of Law Commission

On June 14, the Law Commission had invited views from all the stakeholders, including members of the public and recognised religious organisations, on the politically sensitive issue.

Earlier, the 21st Law Commission, the term of which ended in August 2018, had examined the issue and solicited the views of all stakeholders on two occasions. Subsequently, a consultation paper on "Reforms of Family Law" was issued in 2018.

The 22nd Law Commission, which recently got a three-year extension, has now restarted the process and sought views from the stakeholders by July 13.