Senior BJP leader and head of Parliament’s standing committee on staff, public grievances, law and justice, Sushil Modi said on Friday that the panel will seek views of all stakeholders on the issue of the Unified Civil Code (UCC) at its July meeting. questions 3.
Speaking to reporters here on Friday, Mr Modi said the committee meeting is non-political as the panel has members from all political parties.
“We will discuss the Law Commission’s report on the UCC on July 3. If necessary, we will convene another meeting to discuss the matter further. The commission is completely neutral,” he said.
Committee members have been informed that their input on UCC will be sought and considered at the July 3 meeting.
As per the standing committee schedule, the panel will hear the views of representatives of the Judicial Panel and Judicial Affairs and Legislative Departments of the Ministry of Justice on the basis of a public notice issued by the Law Commission of India on 14 June 2023, inviting to take positions of the various stakeholders on the Uniform Civil Code under the subject ‘Assessment of Personal Laws’.
Until Tuesday evening, the law panel had received nearly 8.5 lakh responses to its public notice.
UCC refers to a common set of laws that govern personal matters such as marriage, divorce, inheritance and adoption among all citizens.
“In more than a dozen cases, the Supreme Court has said that the UCC should be introduced as soon as possible. The court has repeated this over and over again,” Modi said.
“I don’t understand why the same age of marriage cannot be set for everyone. It is propagated that the UCC will influence religious customs and rituals. If the criminal law is the same for all people in the country, why can it be? civil law, isn’t it?” Mr Modi said.
The prime minister had made another pitch to UCC at a rally in Bhopal on Tuesday, drawing criticism from the opposition, who claimed it was a “polarisation” tactic.
Reports suggest that the NDA government may introduce a bill at the Center on the implementation of the UCC during the upcoming monsoon session of parliament, which is set to begin in the third week of July.
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