In the face of strong opposition to Uniform Civil Code by Muslim organisations and various political outfits, Union Minister of Urban Development Venakaiah Naidu, on Friday, said the government is ready for a healthy debate.
Calling for an “enlightened debate” on Uniform Civil Code (UCC), Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said the “real mood” of the country was to end triple talaq and some people were trying to create confusion over the two issues.
“You (All India Muslim Personal Law Board) join the debate. Let there be enlightened debate you put forth your point of view. Let a consensus be evolved. Why are you trying to bring in the name of Prime Minister and call him dictator,” said Naidu.
“If anyone wants to boycott the Law Commission’s questionnaire, then it’s their choice, but don’t force your view on others,” Naidu firmly said.
The senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader appealed to all organisations to engage in a debate and not politicise the Uniform Civil Code issue.
Whereas, clarifying the government’s stand on triple talaq, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Friday asserted that the Centre stands by gender justice, gender equality and gender dignity.
Prasad said the Centre has while replying to a notice issued by the Supreme Court in the wake of numerous complaints filed by Muslim women, who were the victims of the triple talaq system, asserted that when Islamic nations can regulate the Muslim divorce system then why can’t India.
“The Supreme Court had issued a notice to the Indian Government in the wake of numerous complaints filed by several Muslim women against the triple talaq system. The Muslim women had been asking for justice in this regard. Replying to the notice of the apex court, we have said that the government stands by gender justice, gender equality and gender dignity, as these are also the basic constituents of our Constitution,” said Prasad.