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Rajasthan Government Plans Uniform Civil Code (UCC)

  • 07 Feb 2024
  • 2 min read

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Key Points

  • The proposed UCC Bill aims to establish uniform laws pertaining to marriage, divorce and inheritance of property. It seeks to curb practices like polygamy and divorce through religious means.
  • On the lines of Uttarakhand, the Rajasthan UCC Bill will exempt the tribal community, as they've raised serious objections, terming their customs and practices uncompromisable.

Uniform Civil Code (UCC)

  • The Uniform Civil Code is mentioned in Article 44 of the Indian Constitution, which is part of the Directive Principles of State Policy.
  • These principles are not legally enforceable but are meant to guide the state in making policies.
    • It has been supported by some as a way to promote national integration and gender justice, but opposed by others as a threat to religious freedom and diversity.
  • The only state in India that has a UCC is Goa, which retained its common family law known as the Goa Civil Code after it was liberated from Portuguese rule in 1961.
    • Recently, Uttarakhand has also introduced the UCC bill in the state assembly.
  • The rest of India follows different personal laws based on their religious or community identity.
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