The Uniform Civil Code has been splashed across headlines in India once again, with the Law Commission's move to release a questionnaire seeking a public vote on its implementation.
The move has drawn criticism from The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) and other Muslim organisations, who have alleged that it is an attempt at curtailing the constitutional rights of minorities in the country.
All this buzz surrounding the issue begs but one simple question. What exactly is the Uniform Civil Code?
In order to comprehend this, it is important to understand the difference between personal law and public laws in India. The former is applicable to issues like marriage, divorce, inheritance, adoption and maintenance.
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The Uniform Civil Code seeks to replace the personal laws - which are bound by religious regulations - with a common set of laws. The demand for a uniform civil code essentially means a unification of all these personal laws to have one set of secular laws which will be applicable to all citizens of India irrespective of the community/religion they belong to.
Here is a breakdown of what the Uniform Civil Code means: