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BJP opposes Sharait Act in J&K

The party for reasons unknown is now opposing the Shariat Act, which exists elsewhere in the country, reports Deepak Khajuria.

india Updated: Feb 15, 2007 18:47 IST

A day after the Shariat Act passed in the State Legislative Council,Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) in Jammu and Kashmir termed it the bill converting the state into a theocratic state instead of democratic and secular state.

Shariat Bill, which was passed by the state assembly on February 9,was aimed at making the provisions for the application of the Muslim Personnel Law (Shariat) to the Muslims of J&K. Opposition leader Abdul Rahim Rather moved the bill.

BJP demands abolition of Article 370, which accords a special status to the state. The party for reasons unknown is now opposing the Shariat Act, which exists elsewhere in the country.

In a press conference on Thursday, BJP state spokesperson, Ramesh Arora said that the adoption of the private members bill is nothing but an appeasement policy of state government towards Muslims.

He added that Muslims in Jammu and Kashmir have their own identity and culture and they have their own customs and usages.

The BJP spokesperson said, "By passing the Shariat Bill and converting it into an act is nothing but to promote fundamentalism that converts state into theocratic state instead of democratic and secular state."

"We feel that cultural identity of Kashmir and Kashmiriyat was always different from rest of the Muslims of this country and world. The government has tried to go a step ahead towards fundamentalism by passing this bill without carrying the identity of Kashmiri Muslims," Arora further added.

He said that they have curtailed the rights of women and such steps are responsible for stopping the Muslim community to meet the demanded of changing times.

The BJP spokesperson said that they felt that the Centre as well as state government did not take concept of uniform civil code put-forth by Supreme Court seriously and uniform civil code was interpreted, as Hindu civil code was not correct, they demanded government should adopt the concept of uniform civil code.

Arora added that in fact government should work under the guidelines of Supreme Court, the bill would cause serious complications and will lead to multiplicity of litigation and this bill has been passed in hast and is an eyewash only to settle score between Kashmir Muslims for small political motives.

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First Published: Feb 15, 2007 18:47 IST