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Delhi High Court gives wings to Uniform Civil Code movement

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday underscored the growing necessity to have in place a Uniform Civil Code for the country in view of the rapid transformation of Indian society with the gradual dissipation of traditional barriers of religion, community, and caste.

Bar and Bench reported that Single-judge Justice Prathiba M Singh observed that with the Indian society becoming more homogeneous, the youth of India belonging to various communities, tribes, castes or religions should not be forced to grapple with issues arising due to conflicts in various personal laws, especially in relation to marriage and divorce.

“The youth of India belonging to various communities, tribes, castes or religions who solemnize their marriages ought not to be forced to struggle with issues arising due to conflicts in various personal laws, especially in relation to marriage and divorce,” the Court said in its judgment.

Hence, the hope expressed in Article 44 of the Constitution that the State shall secure for its citizens Uniform Civil Code should not remain a mere hope, the Court added

Recently, former Chief Justice of India SA Bobde had stated that there is a lot of academic talk about the Uniform Civil Code in present times and intellectuals who are engaged in such debates should go to Goa and observe the administration of justice in the State under the UCC which is in force in the State.

Goa is the only state in India that has a UCC thereby having uniform personal laws governing all citizens regardless of their religion.

 

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