Uniform Civil Code: Time to bring it into force?

By Kanishka Mishra, University of Delhi.

When Uniform Civil Code will get its flesh and blood, it will be a unified legislation combining personal laws of various communities of India and forming a singular law which would include provisions for marriage, divorce, inheritance, adoption, maintenance, property, succession and so on. As of now, Hindus and Muslims are governed by their respective personal laws, which though have transformed a lot after independence like abrogation of various social evils like sati, child marriage, widow re-marriage and amendment of various regressive provisions including inheritance law, but one can clearly see the backwardness and gender bias intrinsically imbibed in these and justified on the basis of religion. Today in the modern emerging economy, that India is, there is absolutely no place for these. (more…)

Anti-Conversion Laws in India: A Critical Analysis

By Chandan Mohanty, KIIT Law School, KIIT University, Bhubaneswar.

India, the largest democratic country in the world, inhabits people from different religions. The majority population in India is Hindu. Muslims, Christians and few other religions also have a significant number of followers.

The Preamble of the Indian Constitution says that India is a secular country. The Constitution of India further provides the freedom of practicing any religion peacefully and harmoniously without hurting the religious sentiments of the people of other religion as a fundamental right. This is the reason why India is well known for “Unity in Diversity”. (more…)