Recently a plea has been filed to the Supreme court that seems the transfer of plea for Uniform Civil Code from the Delhi high court to the SC. This was done to derive a direction for the centre to constitute a judicial commission that comprised of a high-level expert committee who would be able to prepare the draft of the Uniform Civil Code.
The plea was summoned by BJP leader and advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay. The implementation of UCC has become more severe now if we wish to secure gender equality, gender justice and dignity of women as per the summon.
Succeeding alternative assistance that is taken into account by the direction placed to the Law Commission of India is to formulate a Uniform Civil Code within three months. This is to be done with consideration and inculcation of the best practices of all personal laws and civil laws of developed international countries. The plea also takes into account the significant discrimination that still exists against women in male-dominated areas.
This sad ordeal goes on in the name of religion even after 73 years of independence. It is highly important to note that the Constitution was a brainchild that focused on a country of secularism and equality. This was put to focus via article 44. There has been no denial of the fact that UCC shall help solidify the nation and article 44 is the soil of the Constitution but its implementation has been delayed for years now instead of vote bank politics.
The plea was declared as a comprehensive and gender-neutral national-level law that curbs out any form of discrimination against women and minorities. It unifies the nation where the law isn’t influenced by any social or religious factor.
Some basic benefits of UCC:
- The noble concept of “One husband – One wife” shall be equally applicable to all the Indians and any whatsoever intervention would not be appreciated. The exceptions like infertility or impotence will be equally available to all Indians irrespective of religion or gender.
- The faith shall be restored in gender and religion-neutral laws which shall be followed by the whole nation. The application of divorce will apply to everyone and there shall be conditions where the citizens can break their marriage irrespective of their gender or religion.
- The best aspect of UCC comes with the fact that the discrimination in the rights of Hindu Muslim Parsi Christian women shall potentially come to an end. Though it is also to be kept in mind that maybe when it comes to Hindu women, these changes may not benefit them as much as the other sectors who have been stripped off of their basic rights for centuries now. Under the Hindu Marriage Act, almost both men and women have equal rights. But the UCC can come as a boon to other communities like the Islamic women who shall be benefited most as about Sharia they aren’t considered equal to their counterparts.