The 22nd Law Commission will have very little time to delve into the sensitive subject of a Uniform Civil Code (UCC) for the country if the government decides to seek its recommendation on the matter, PTI news agency reported.
The Laws Commission is constituted for three years and the 22nd Laws Commission was notified on February 24, 2020, but the main vacancies on the panel, including that of the president, must be filled, sources in the council said. government to PTI.
BJP Lok Sabha member Nishikant Dubey raised the issue of the importance of having a UCC in a Zero Hour reference in December last year.
Responding to the question, Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju wrote to Dubey in January, saying that Section 44 of the Constitution provides that the state shall endeavor to provide citizens with UCC throughout Indian Territory.
“In view of the importance and sensitivity of the subject at hand and the need for an in-depth study of the provisions of the various personal laws governing the various communities, a proposal to examine questions relating to the uniform civil code and to make recommendations has been forwarded to the 21st Law Commission of India,” he said.
However, the mandate of the 21st Law Commission ended on August 31, 2018. “The matter could be taken up by the 22nd Law Commission of India,” Rijiju said.
In June 2016, the Union Law Department had asked the 21st Law Commission to consider UCC issues.
After extensive research and a number of consultations held over two years, the Commission released a consultation paper on family law reform in India.
If implemented, the UCC will likely provide a law for the whole country, applicable to all religious communities in their personal matters such as marriage, divorce, inheritance and adoption.
The Center had recently told the Delhi High Court that it would consider the need for a UCC and hold consultations with various stakeholders after receiving a report from the Law Commission on the matter.
The UCC has been part of successive BJP election manifestos.
(With PTI and ANI inputs)
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