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UP Shia Waqf Board chief supports uniform civil code

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board opposes the Uniform Civil Code.

lucknow Updated: Jun 14, 2018 10:10 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
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UP Shia Central Waqf Board Chairman, Waseem Rizvi (Subhankar Chakraborty/HT Photo)

Chairman of the UP Shia Central Waqf Board Waseem Rizvi has supported enactment of a Uniform Civil Code (UCC) with a common law for all communities on issues related to marriage, divorce, succession and adoption.

No stranger to controversy, the chief of the waqf board in a proposal submitted to the National Law Commission chairman justice (retired) BS Chauhan on Wednesday, cited the example of Goa, which has a common civil code since 1965.

“If Goa can do it, why not other states also?” he asked, adding this was one of the aspirations of the Constitution as enshrined under the Directive Principles of State Policy.

“While customs and rituals can differ as per the practices of various religions, issues like divorce, marriage, giving equal rights to girls in ancestral property, succession, whether adopted or otherwise, should be governed by the principles of one nation one-law,” he said.

The Law Commission of India, which has started consultations to formulate recommendations for a uniform civil code (UCC), has sought the views of Muslim groups on at least seven key issues including custody of children, inheritance and adoption.

The commission has also asked various stakeholders to recommend a model Nikahnama and Talaqnama that can be implemented uniformly across the country.

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) opposes the Uniform Civil Code.

Last month, in the first-ever meeting of the AIMPLB and the Law Commission on the Uniform Civil Code, several issues were discussed, including inheritance in the case of abandonment, adoption and death, apart from widow remarriage and child marriage.

Waseem Rizvi has been at loggerheads with the AIMPLB and had once accused it of having links with terror groups in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

In February this year, he called for a ban on the AIMPLB and a probe into its credentials.

In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Rizvi had said the AIMPLB, a non-government organisation, had rejected the proposal by Muslim clerics to broker peace on the Ayodhya dispute.

First Published: Jun 14, 2018 10:10 IST