Uniform Civil Code short-hand for imposing RSS view, says Jairam Ramesh

The Department of Legal Affairs had in June asked the Law Commission, a recommendatory body, to submit a report on the issue of a common civil code.

By: PTI | Hyderabad | Published: July 27, 2016 2:50 pm
rss, jairam ramesh, uniform civil code, rss uniform, congress, ucc, india news, latest news Jairam Ramesh talking to media at Parliament House during the monsoon session in New Delhi on Monday. PTI Photo

Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh has alleged the demand for bringing a Uniform Civil Code is a “cloak” for imposing Hindu Personal Law and “RSS’s view” on what women should be entitled to.

“Women should have equal rights as men. Let’s start with that principle. All women should have equal rights. There should be no discrimination against women in matters of marriage, divorce, inheritance. Once you have (these) basic principles, we can move forward,” Ramesh said on the issue of Uniform Civil Code (UCC).

The Department of Legal Affairs had in June asked the Law Commission, a recommendatory body, to submit a report on the issue of a common civil code.

“The demand for Uniform Civil Code is a cloak for imposing Hindu Personal Law, which is actually deeply anti-women and has been made progressively more and more pro-women,” the former Union minister told PTI.

“But to think that Hindu Personal Law is pro-women totally runs contrary to facts. So, the word Uniform Civil Code unfortunately has become a short-hand for imposing the RSS’s view on what women should be entitled to.

“So, may be it shouldn’t be called Uniform Civil Code; may be call it a gender equality code, don’t call it UCC, you call it gender equality law or gender equality system or whatever but the word uniform civil code unfortunately has come to stand for the imposition of a uniformity based on Hindu law, which I certainly would not agree to,” the Rajya Sabha member said.

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  1. P
    Jul 29, 2016 at 10:16 am
    it is the tolerance and plurality of thought that he could easily condemn the hindu law, had he condemned any other community law he would be shouted at and would apologize on national media.lt;br/gt;personal laws have been made according to times they were written in, plus it is a myth that hindus have one personal law, there are many smritis some highly conservative some less.
    1. Sagar Tanksali
      Jul 28, 2016 at 8:13 am
      So, this is what he (Ramesh) actually said; "gibberish, gibberish, gibberish, gibberish..........................." (takes a deep breath at this point)........ "gibberish, gibberish, gibberish, gibberish and, that's why uniform civil code is the same as RSS code".lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The man is gifted with a brilliant and logical mind.
      1. K
        Jul 28, 2016 at 2:28 pm
        India should be regulated by Hindu law only....if people dont like it tough luck...pack up and leave
        1. S
          Jul 29, 2016 at 2:05 am
          Moron of the worst order. This is what happens to one when you become a pal of the Pappu.