GG News Bureau
New Delhi, 8th Feb. Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, in the midst of Uttarakhand’s ongoing assembly session, has ignited a new debate in the nation by declaring that “It is a special day for Devbhoomi Uttarakhand in the direction of giving significance to Article 44 of the Constitution of Bharat, in accordance with the expectations of the makers of the country.” Our commitment to enforcing the Uniform Civil Code law will serve as a bridge to realize the equality and harmony that the country’s Constitution inspires in us. He then introduced the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) Bill in the House. A motion promoting equality for all citizens, which originated in Uttarakhand, has been introduced in the House with the goal of traveling through numerous states to reach the Center.
Proponents of Muslim leadership are demonstrating
Leaders of the Imam Sangathan, Muslim Seva Sangathan, Numainda Group, Yakub Siddiqui, Latafat Hussain, Rajya Beg, All India Muslim Personal Law Board, Maulana Khalid Saifullah Rahmani, Board of Directors, and Jama Masjid city Qazi Mohammad Ahmed Qasmi, all reside in Dehradun. A large number of national leaders, such as All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen chief Asaduddin Owaisi and General Secretary Mohammad Fazlurrahim Mujadidi, are publicly opposed to the Uniform Civil Code.
Deceiving the Muslim Faith
Indeed, it is evident from their collective narrow-mindedness that they are attempting to mislead all of Bharatiya Muslims. It must be acknowledged that, in the name of Islam, all these individuals and others similar to them are currently attempting to destroy Bharat by upholding their religion above that of Muslims. These individuals claim that since Islam requires total submission to Allah, we must adhere to the Shariat. Subsequently, everyone declares that they intend to comply with national law.
The Personal Law Board is directly threatening
The Personal Law Board has even threatened the nation directly, stating that “the unity of the country will be destroyed if brotherhood is destroyed in the country.” If the hate-fuelled fire is not put out, it will erupt into a volcano that will destroy the nation’s culture, reputation, advancement, and morality. It is time for someone to question them: who is inciting hatred? Why are “Sar Tan Se Juda” slogans being raised in many states of the nation these days?
Dr. Ambedkar was adamant about giving women equal rights
As everyone knows, there were many who opposed the Hindu Code Bill when it was first introduced in the Constituent Assembly in 1948, but Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar remained steadfast in his goal. An equal right for Bharatiya women in all circumstances was his unwavering goal. On February 5, 1951, the Hindu Code Bill was once again introduced in Parliament by the then-Law Minister, Dr. Ambedkar. Subsequently, on September 17, 1951, the bill was once more brought before Parliament for debate.
The Hindu Code Bill was split into four sections by then-Prime Minister Nehru due to opposition in the Parliament. Ambedkar was offended by this and even resigned as Law Minister.
Dr. Ambedkar made it very evident when he stated, “I am more interested and happy in getting the Hindu Code Bill passed than in making the Indian Constitution.” Eventually, in 1955, the Hindu Marriage Act was passed, making it legal for divorce, granting men and women from different castes the right to marry, and outlawing multiple marriages at once. Subsequently, in 1956, the country’s constitutional regulations brought into effect the Hindu Succession Act, Hindu Adoption and Nurture Act, and Hindu Minority and Guardianship Act. Every law was created to grant women the same standing as men in society.
One could argue that the purpose of all these laws is to provide women with equal status within society. This was the first time that women’s property rights and the adoption of girls were given priority. Parliament emphasized that this law should apply to all Bharatiya citizens, not just Hindus, even at that time.
Based on historical evidence and parliamentary debates, it is evident that Jawaharlal Nehru’s Congress government was ill-prepared for this development, and the law was only extended to Hindus. It is important for those who oppose the Uniform Civil Code to remember that Article 44 of the Constitution addresses the topic of uniform civil code. “The State shall endeavor to obtain a uniform civil code for the citizens throughout the territory of India,” reads an article pertaining to the Directive Principles of State Policy.
The Muslim population will receive justice under UCC law
Justice will be served, particularly to the region’s half-Muslim population, thanks to the Uttarakhand government’s initiative in introducing the bill in the House. This will outlaw polygamy. Not only will women be granted the right to inherit property, but they will also be able to adopt children. Under all religions, a girl must be at least eighteen years old to marry. Sharia-based personal law currently governs Muslim society. Muslim men are permitted to marry four times under this. There will only be one lawful marriage after it takes effect. Muslim women will have the same rights as men. Bad customs such as Halala and Iddat will be outlawed. Spouses will have equal rights in the event of a divorce.
An attempt to eradicate gender-based discrimination
In a similar vein, registration for live-in relationships will be required of people practicing any religion. This also requires the marriage to be registered. In addition, there are numerous other ways that the Dhami government has attempted to end gender discrimination. It is desirable that all Muslims recognize its benefits, put aside their disagreements, and publicly commend the Dhami administration for this law. On the other hand, it is imperative that the initiative, which originated in Uttarakhand, continues. Soon, laws pertaining to this should be passed by the national government and other states as well.