BY: NAFEES AHMAD
Explainer: What Is the UCC Indians Are Talking About?
Debate over UCC: Supporters advocate one law for all, disregarding religious beliefs and customs for societal uniformity.
Debate over UCC in India since its founding, constitutional provision as non-enforceable statement of intention.
India's colonial era debated a single civil code, criminal laws standardized, while personal laws retained diversity.
Post-colonial period saw Nehru and Ambedkar advocating for UCC in Constitution, facing resistance and limited public awareness.
Law Commission report questions necessity of UCC, citing diversity as a reflection of democracy and embracing plural laws.
India's Constitution upholds secularism, allowing freedom of religion while protecting cultural diversity and customary laws.
Law Commission promotes gender equality, multiculturalism, and religious freedom through modified family laws, sans a single code.
Article 44 mandates a uniform civil code, but courts cannot enforce it. It highlights the importance without imposing requirements.
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