Law panel says Uniform Civil Code not possible: A severe setback to BJP agenda


When the senior BJP leader L K Advani exploited the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi  issue and raised their tally in the Lok Sabha elections in 1989 elections from 2 to 74, the party never looked back. Then the agenda of the BJP contained three basic issues – two religious and one political relating to Jammu and Kashmir. The BJP promised to pave the way for the  construction of Ram temple at the  site where the historic Babri Mosque stood, implementation of Common  Civil Code and  deletion of Article 370 relating to  Jammu and Kashmir. The Babri issue was hotly debated giving political advantage to the  BJP. Then in 1992, during the regime of P V Narasimha Rao, Barbri Mosque was demolished on December 6. Now 25 years after the mosque was demolished, the Supreme Court announced that it would start the continuous hearing of the temple-mosque dispute from February 8 next year. Sangh Parivar and some BJP leaders are issuing statements on construction of Ram temple to keep the issue hot on the eve of the Gujarat assembly elections.

When the dispute raised on triple Talaq was heard by the  Supreme Court, the Union Law Ministry issued a  questionnaire to seek the  public opinion on Uniform Civil Code. It means the civil code issue is alive and kicking. The Law Commission was asked by the Law  Ministry to give its opinion on the  Uniform  Civil Court.  Now on December  5 it  is  reported that the Law Commission in its report said it was difficult to implement Uniform  Civil Code. Instead it suggested that different civil laws may be amended if necessary. It is a serious setback to communal forces which wanted to make null and void the Muslim Person Law which  is in force since 1935.

On the Supreme Court verdict on triple Talaq, the  government  is mulling to bring about a law to punish those who would give three talaqs in  one sitting. It is already an intervention in Muslim  Personal Law.


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