Source: News Bharati English18 Jul 2016 15:24:30

Nagpur, July 18: Implementing the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) is the only effective way out to protect the dignity and honour of women, especially of the Muslim eves, and strengthen the national integrity, the Rashtra Sevika Samiti, the women’s wing of RSS, believed.

Addressing a press conference at Devi Ahalya Mandir, Nagpur at the last day of its three-day national executive meeting, Samiti’s Pramukh Karyawahika Annadanam Seetha Gayatri informed the reporters that the national executive committee of the Samiti has passed a resolution demanding immediate implementation of UCC.

The meeting was attended by over 200 activists from all over the country to deliberate on various matters pertaining to the spread and strengthening of its activities.

She said that in all the developed countries all the citizens are treated at par without any discrimination on the basis of caste, creed, colour, regions or sex. After independence, there should have been UCC in our country too, but due to political compulsions, this did not happen. The political leadership of India got engaged in vote bank politics and ignored the UCC, she said.

The term civil code is used to cover the entire body of laws governing relating to property and otherwise in personal matters like marriages, divorce, maintenance, adoption and inheritance. As things stand there are different laws governing these aspects for different communities in India. Thus, the laws governing inheritance or divorce among Hindus would be different from those pertaining to Muslims and Christians and so on.

The Samiti has an opinion that because of the different laws for different communities, there is a rise in separatism, terrorism and the exploitation of women, she said.

Despite the fact that Dr Ambedkar had made a provision of directive principles in Art 44 of the Constitution, the government had not taken any positive step in this direction. One of the directive principles says, "The state shall endeavour to secure for the citizens a UCC throughout the territory of India". The executive meeting has resolved to implement the UCC to promote the rights and respect of women, she added.

The intellectuals in India are constantly demanding the UCC. The debate started after Shahbano case in 1978. Also, one Sayarabano from Uttarakhand has challenged the legality of sec 2 of the Muslim personal law (Sharia), Application Act 1937, in so far as it seeks to recognise and validate polygamy, triple talaq, and nikah halal.

The Supreme Court has sought an opinion from central government, the ministry of women and child welfare and Attorney General. The Samiti meeting has appealed to the government to initiate steps to implement the UCC to protect the rights of the women, especially those of Muslim women.

Akhil  Bharatiya Sah-Karyawahika Sulbha Deshpande, Nagpur Vibhag Bouddhik Pramukh Medha Nandedkar, and Sah-Karywahika Leena Gahane were present during the press meet.