At a time when the Modi government is heading towards creating a Uniform Civil Code (UCC) in the country, the suggestions, comments, and protests about the same have created a big hype and the real aspects that need to be addressed are getting neglected. The government’s version of the UCC needs to be debated publicly. The Law Commission has also released a questionnaire seeking public opinion on the same.
However, before indulging in a debate or arriving at a conclusion, people must understand that the UCC does not demand everyone in the country to follow the Hindu Law, but to look at reform of family laws across all religions, mainly with gender justice in mind. Gender discriminatory practices among all religions should be curbed and family law must be codified. This is what implementing the UCC actually means.
The Law Commission of India invited public opinion on the UCC, as per its notification dated October 7, 2016. In this backdrop, a debate on the same was organised by Citizens for Constitutional Governance, a society based in Kochi that is working for reforms in the field of law and policy making. The debate was held at the Theosophical Society Hall, Ernakulam, on November 12, 2016.