The passing of the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) bill in the Uttarakhand Assembly has sparked controversy, with the All India Muslim Personal Law Board expressing strong opposition towards it.
The board criticized the bill, claiming it undermines the diversity of the country and goes against Islamic principles.
The All India Muslim Personal Law board spokesperson, Dr S.Q.R Ilyas said in a statement that "this legislation...deals only with three aspects - firstly, the sphere of marriage & divorce in a cursory manner, thereafter deals with succession albeit in-extenso and lastly as well as strangely conceives a new legal regime for live-in relationships which undoubtedly will impinge on moral values of all the religions."
He emphasized that "Islam mandates equitable distribution based on financial responsibilities within the family, with women having distinct shares in line with their roles and obligations."
However, despite the objections, the bill was passed in the Uttarakhand Assembly by voice vote after a two-day debate.
The opposition's request for further review by a select committee was dismissed.
Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami hailed the bill's passage as a historic moment for Uttarakhand, emphasizing its significance beyond ordinary legislation.
Speaking on UCC, President of Deoband’s Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, Maulana Arshad Madani, said in a statement that “Muslims cannot accept any law that is against the Shariah.”
“If Scheduled Tribes can be kept outside the purview of this law under one section of the Constitution, then why religious freedom cannot be given to Muslims under sections 25 and 26 of the Constitution, recognising the fundamental rights of citizens?” Madani said.
Nayan Dwivedi is Staff Writer at Swarajya.
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