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…)