Uniform Civil Code: The need for change in Muslim Personal Laws

By Anuveeta Datta Chowdhury, University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun.

The year 1947 marked the liberation of India from the yoke of the colonial domination. The period after independence witnessed (a) evolution of a new class, (b) the proclamation of the Indian constitution based on the principles of democracy and civil liberty; and (c) the formulation of a development policy based on egalitarian power equation. (more…)

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…)