Katju kicks off debate, says Muslims should support Uniform Civil Code

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    Katju kicks off debate, says Muslims should support Uniform Civil Code

    Jun 01, 2014 IBNLive

    New Delhi: Press Council Chairperson Justice Markandey Katju has kicked off a debate saying Muslims should support the demand for a Uniform Civil Code. He claimed that one of the reasons for the backwardness of Muslims is that there has been no modernisation of their personal law.
    Katju said, "There should be a uniform civil code. Vote bank politics is the reason that it wasn't made earlier. Muslims suffered the most due to it's absence as the Sharia law did not see any modernisation.
    "The issue of a uniform civil code has recently been raised. I am fully in support of a uniform civil code," Katju, said.

    He said that Article 44 of the Indian Constitution states, "The State shall endeavour to secure for the citizens a uniform civil code throughout the territory of India."
    The Constitution was made in 1950, and 64 years have passed since it was promulgated, but Article 44 has till now been totally ignored, obviously for vote bank politics, he said.
    Katju said that no doubt Article 44 is in the Directive Principles, and not the Fundamental Rights of Constitution, but Article 37 states that "the provisions contained in this Part shall not be enforceable in any court, but the principles therein laid down are nevertheless fundamental in the governance of the country and it shall be the duty of the State to apply these principles in making laws."
    Contending that he has always been raising voice for the rights of Muslims, he said, "In fact, one of the reasons for Muslims in India remaining backward is that there was no modernisation of their personal law."
    Katju said that in all modern countries there is usually one common law for everybody and in India also there is one common criminal law.
    "Nobody objected to that, though many of these laws are against the Muslim law. For instance, Muslim law provides for stoning to death for women committing adultery, but that would be illegal under the IPC," Katju wrote.

    (With additional information from PTI)

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