“Uttarakhand Cabinet unanimously agreed to implement UCC”: CM Pushkar Singh Dhami

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said on Sunday that the state cabinet had unanimously agreed to implement the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) in the state. Dhami further informed that the state government will form a committee to prepare a draft and urged other states and union territories to follow suit in implementing the UCC.

“We promised on February 12, 2022 that as soon as the new BJP government completes the swearing-in ceremony, the UCC will be discussed at the first meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers. The State Cabinet agreed at the unanimity to implement the Uniform Civil Civil Code in the state. We form a committee that will draft a draft UCC, which will be implemented in the state. Hoping that the UCC will also be implemented by other states,” said CM Dhami.

Apart from Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Assam and Himachal, governments have also advocated for the implementation of UCC across the country.

Uniform Civil Code in India

The Uniform Civil Code is a proposal in India to formulate and implement personal laws of citizens that apply to all citizens equally regardless of their religion, gender, sex and sexual orientation . It is pertinent to mention here that the BJP promised the implementation of the UCC in its 2019 election manifesto in Lok Sabha.

On November 18, 2021, the High Court of Allahabad emphasized that the Uniform Civil Code is mandatory. Judge Suneet Kumar’s single-judge bench was hearing a batch of 17 applications concerning the protection sought by interfaith couples. In one of these ways, one of the parties declared to have converted to the religion of his partner and thus feared a threat to his life, freedom and well-being.

While allowing the pleas, Judge Kumar observed that the UCC cannot be made “purely voluntary” because of the fear expressed by members of the minority community. Referring to a verdict of the Supreme Court, he asked the Center to set up a committee for the application of Article 44 of the Constitution. Part of the guiding principles of state policy in the Constitution, in article 44, reads: “The state shall endeavor to secure to the citizens a uniform civil code throughout the territory of the India”.

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