NEW DELHI: Delhi high court on Monday deferred the hearing on the public interest litigation (PIL) seeking direction to the Central government to draft a Uniform Civil Code (UCC) and publish the draft on its website for a larger public discussion.
The matter was scheduled for hearing today but the court deferred the matter for March 23 as it had recently decided to restrict its functioning to urgent matters in a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
The petition, filed by social activist Danish Eqbal, sought that Uniform Minimum Age of Marriage, Uniform Grounds of Divorce, Uniform Maintenance & Alimony, Uniform Succession and Inheritance, Uniform Adoption and Guardianship should be included in the UCC.
The plea said that polygamy is an offense under Section 494 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) but there are many instances where people converted to seek the pleasure of multiple marriages.
It said that 'One Nation, One Civil Law' is the basic dictum of any socialist secular democratic republic and added that Article 37 inter-alia says that Directive Principles are nevertheless fundamental in the governance of the country and it is the duty of the state to implement Article 44 in letter and spirit.
The petition stated that Muslim parents can marry their teenage daughters because the minimum age of marriage is not defined.
"Although the Instant Triple Talaq is now void and unconstitutional, other forms of oral talaq, viz., Talaq-e-Hasan and Talaq-e-Ahasan still prevail. Therefore, women are always under pressure and fear," it added.
The plea said that in all personal laws, 'Stridhan' is protected and given to wiRead More – Source