Centre seeks law commission's view on Uniform Civil Code

The government has referred the issue of implementation of a Uniform Civil Code to the Law Commission for its views before it firms up any opinion on the subject.
Law minister Sadananda Gowda had earlier said the government was in favour of implementing a Uniform Civil Code (UCC) but not before engaging in wider consultations with all stakeholders, including one in an all-party meeting.
The timing of the request to the Law Commission is important considering the monsoon session of Parliament will begin later this month and could trigger a debate in the two Houses.The government also has to submit an affidavit to the Supreme Court making its stand clear on the issue.
The SC, which is hearing a case related to `tripal talaq' and has favoured wider public debate before taking a view on its constitutional validity , has scheduled the hearing in September. A law ministry source said the govern ment may take the plea that it has referred the matter to the Law Commission and buy some more time.
Gowda, during the winter session, had told the Rajya Sabha, “It is the duty of the government to implement a Uniform Civil Code but any decision will only be taken after wider consultation with various stakeholders.“
He had elaborated on the constitutional validity , saying that under Article 44 of the Directive Principles of the Constitution, implementation of the UCC was a “duty of the state“.
“In view of the importance of the subject matter and sensitivity involved, wider consultation with stakeholders would be required for taking further steps in this regard,“ Gowda had said.
The SC had earlier held that the initiative to implement UCC rested with Parliament and not the judiciary .

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