Uniform Civil Code not needed : Owaisi

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Hyderabad: All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen leader and Lok Sabha MP Asaduddin Owaisi denied the need for a Uniform Civil Code (UCC) in the country on Saturday. Despite calls from various Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled states to implement it.

In this country, it (Uniform Civil Code) is not required… A UCC is not required, according to the Law Commission, Owaisi said.

It also talks about Prohibition of liquor, Owaisi said, countering the argument of UCC supporters that the Directive Principle of State Policy enshrined in the Indian Constitution, which says State shall endeavour to secure for the citizens a uniform civil code throughout the territory of India.

Owaisi chastised the BJP for remaining silent on a provision of Goa’s common civil code that allows Hindu men to marry twice.

Hindu men in Goa have the right to a second marriage if their wives fail to deliver a male child by the age of 30, according to the civil code. The BJP is in power in that state as well, but they have remained silent on the issue, he said.

The economy is failing, unemployment is rising, there is a power-coal crisis, but they (BJP leaders) are worried about UCC, Owaisi said, launching an attack on BJP governments.

On Saturday, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the legislation is necessary to provide justice to all Muslim women.

Source: Agencies

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