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Indian Law Minister Reveals 'No Decision Yet' on Implementation of Uniform Civil Code

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India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has long favored the implementation of a Uniform Civil Code (UCC) in the country.
Indian Law Minister Kiren Rijiju said that no decision has yet been taken on the implementation of a Uniform Civil Code in the South Asian nation on Thursday.
The BJP-led government had earlier pushed for the implementation of a UCC in the country, filing a plea in the Supreme Court, adding that the people practicing distinct religions cannot have different regulations in areas of marriage, divorce or inheritance.
"As per the info received from Law Commission, the matter related to UCC may be taken up by the 22nd Law Commission for its consideration. Therefore, no decision on the implementation of Uniform Civil Code has been taken as of now," the minister said in a written reply to lawmakers in the parliament.

Where Does Uniform Civil Code Apply?

The UCC envisages one law for all citizens of the country regarding marriage, divorce, inheritance, adoption, and family matters.
The implementation of UCC was one of the main election promises in the poll manifesto of the BJP in the 2014 and 2019 national elections. More recently, many BJP-ruled states - Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Assam, and Uttar Pradesh - have mulled legislation to implement the UCC.
"One law for all in one country is the need of the hour. It is required that we should get out of the system of one law for one person and another for others. We are in favour of a common civil code," Uttar Pradesh Deputy state chief Keshav Prasad Maurya said in April last year.
The following month, Assam state chief Himanta Biswa Sarma pitched for the same move, claiming that the UCC was necessary to uplift Muslim women of the country.
"If Uniform Civil Code doesn't get implemented, polygamy system will continue; a man will marry three to four times, curtailing the fundamental rights of a woman. Uniform Civil Code should be implemented for the greater interest of our Muslim women," he said at the time.