Are people ready to repeal the Hindu Undivided Law?
The Communist Party of India (Marxist) CPI (M) leader, Sitaram Yechury has raised a question. He questioned that since people are talking about the Uniform Civil Code (UCC), are they ready to repeal the Hindu Undivided Family Law (HUF)?
The Party General Secretary, Sitaram on Sunday had responded to the demand put forth. The demand to implement the UCC. This has been raised by several Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) Ministers. Yechury had pointed it out, a day after the Chief Minister of Assam, Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, backed the claim by every Muslim woman to implement UCC in the state.
Chief Minister’s perspective:
Chief Minister of Assam stated that the introduction of the legislation is essential. This is to provide justice to every Muslim woman. He had joined the chorus and said that everybody wants UCC. No Muslim woman wants to live with husbands who bring 3 wives to their homes and that UCC is not his issue, but an issue of every Muslim woman. After triple talaq, UCC has to be brought in to serve justice to them.
On the same path, Pushkar Singh Dhami, Chief Minister of Uttarakhand has nodded and understands the need for the state government to implement UCC. In this regard, a committee is to be constituted.
What is Uniform Civil Code?
The Uniform Civil Code is a proposal to formulate and also to implement the personal laws of citizens in the country. This applies to all citizens irrespective of their religion, sex, gender, and sexual orientation.
At present, the personal laws of communities are governed by the religious scriptures. Article 44 of the Indian Constitution talks about the state’s endeavor to secure a UCC for the citizens throughout India. In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP manifestations included, and also promised the implementation of UCC if and when it comes to power.
Hindu Undivided Family Law:
The Hindu Undivided Family Law holds all persons lineally descended from a common ancestor. It includes their wives and unmarried daughters as well. In Hinduism, a daughter ceases to be a member of the family she was born to after she gets married. The existence of a joint estate is not a prerequisite to constituting a joint family. The family can also consist of a single son or widows of the deceased son. HUF cannot be established under a contract. It is formed automatically in a Hindu family.
Published by: Diwakar Kumar
Edited by: Aaradhana Singh