New Delhi: Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MP Bhartruhari Mahtab urged the government Tuesday to introduce a Uniform Civil Code. Bhartruhari Mahtab asserted that the issue was not about imposing any religious code but bringing the society under one code.
Mahtab raised the issue during the Zero Hour in Lok Sabha. He said that during the making of the Constitution, the matter was debated. However, as the country was undergoing Partition it was thought fit that the social and religious code as was being practiced for some years, remains.
“But as Independent India is already in the 75the year of its Independence, I think it is now necessary that we should deliberate, the government should take the initiative to have a uniform civil code,” the MP from Cuttack said.
Mahtab pointed out that recently two high courts – Delhi and Allahabad – have made pronouncements relating to having a uniform civil code. “Uniform civil code does not mean imposing Hindu code on every religion. Uniform civil code means to bring in better things from different codes together. I believe that Muslim code of marriages is the most modern system that we have in our country,” Mahtab pointed out
“Therefore, I request that the misconception should go. At the same time I urge upon the government to take steps to implement uniform civil code,” Mahtab added.
When suggestions are made from the judiciary, the executive should at least come forward and form a committee to bring in UCC, the BJD leader pointed out.
Last week, BJP member Nishikant Dubey had urged the Centre to bring a law soon to implement a Uniform Civil Code in the country.