Former General Explains Uniform Civil Code | SC Puts Govt On Notice

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The Supreme Court (SC) has asked the Central government to come up with a swift decision on uniform civil code to bring an end to the continuing confusion over personal laws. The Supreme Court’s directive to explore the possibility of a uniform civl code follows the Centre’s continued failure to respond to a notice issued to it on March 23 on a public interest plea moved by Albert Anthony, a Delhi-based Christian. A bench headed by justice Vikramjit Sen told solicitor general Ranjit Kumar, “If you want to have a uniform civil code have it, you want to follow the uniform civil code, follow it. But you must take a decision soon.” If implemented, the uniform civil code would replace various personal laws of communities by way of a common legislation. Whether the government of India would take the step and implement the code is not clear. BJP had promised the code in its election manifesto ahead of the 2014 general elections. The bench posed the query while hearing a PIL challenging the legal provision that forces Christian couples to wait for at least two years for divorce whereas other religions like the Hindu Marriage Act and the Parsi Marriage and the Special Marriage Act, and Divorce Act prescribed only one year for it. The SC also asked the government to come up with a proposal to amend the Christian divorce act. Christians file for divorce under Section 10A (1) which states that a petition for dissolution of marriage by mutual consent can be presented before a court only after a judicial separation of two years. However, the period of separation is one year in other statutes such as the Special Marriage Act, the Hindu Marriage Act and the Parsi Marriage and Divorce Act. So in essence, a uniform civil code means replacing the various communities’ distinct personal laws by a common legislation governing individuals’ rights relating to marriage, divorce, inheritance, adoption and maintenance.

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