The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) on Thursday said it would boycott the proposal made by the Law Commission on triple talaq issue. It also stated that uniform civil code was not in the country’s interests. “Uniform Civil Code is not good for this nation. There’re so many cultures in this nation, have to be respected,” an AIMPLB spokesperson said in a press conference.
Soon, All India Majlis-e-Ittehad Muslimeen (AIMIM) president Asaduddin Owaisi too expressed his disapproval for the Uniform Civil Code.
“Uniform Civil Code is not good for India’s diversity,” he told Times Now.
Adding further, Owaisi, who is a sitting MP from Hyderabad, said his party would reply to the Law Commission’s questionnaire, which according to him is completely loaded in favour of the Uniform Civil Code.
On October 7, the Law Commission had asked the public whether triple talaq needed to be abolished and Uniform Civil Code was optional. The panel had sought public views on the issue, stating that the move intended to address social injustice.
Besides this, the panel in its questionnaire also asked whether the existing practices required codification and if they would benefit the general public. The law commission in the questionnaire has also sought public opinion whether triple talaq needed to be abolished, retained or required any fresh amendments.
The board said it will boycott the law commission’s proposal. “In the US, everyone follows their personal laws and identity. How come our nation doesn’t want to follow their steps in this matter?” the spokesperson added.
“We are living in this country with an agreement held by the constitution. The constitution has allowed us to live and practice our religion,” the board stated further.
The AIMPLB’s comments have come in wake of the NDA government’s aggressive stance on abolishing the triple talaq and implementing the Uniform Civil Code, as promised during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.