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Centre should firmly back uniform civil code, says Shiv Sena

Updated: Oct 14, 2016 08:23 IST

Mumbai [India], Oct. 14 (ANI): After the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) and other Muslim outfits announced their boycott of the Law Commission's exercise to seek inputs for a Uniform Civil Code, the Shiv Sena on Friday blamed it on the wrong policies of the Congress government in last 60 years, and urged the Centre to stand firmly on this issue.

Shiv Sena leader Manisha Kayande told ANI that as far as the Shiv Sena is concerned, they are with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in going ahead with the uniform civil code.

"All this is happening because of the wrong policies of the Congress governments in the last 60 years. They have done nothing except appeasement for minorities, particularly the Muslims," Kayande said.

"If, you remember from the 'Shah Bano Case' time that even the Supreme Court's verdict was over-powered, which led to the boosting of the morale of the Muslim community and particularly the clerics, the maulanas and the Muslim Law Board members. Because they have put their own women into agony and harass them on the issue of triple talaq," she added.

Kayande further said that today Muslim women are coming forward to abolish this triple talaq system and the Central Government should stand firmly against those opposing it.

"As far as Shiv Sena is concerned, on the implementation of uniform civil code, we are with the Prime Minister," she added.

After the Muslim outfits accused the government of waging a "war" against the community, Kayande said,

"I think that the central government should come down heavily on this and no such thing should be tolerated in the country. There has to be a uniform civil code in the country and that will lead to the better living conditions for Muslim people."

Earlier, The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) and other Muslim outfits on Thursday announced their boycott of the Law Commission's exercise to seek inputs for a uniform civil code, and accused the government of waging a "war" against the community.

At a press conference, they contended that a uniform civil code would paint all people in "one colour", threatening the country's pluralism and diversity.

"People of different cultures stay in this country. If uniform civil code is implemented, attempts will be made to paint all in one colour, which is not in the interest of the country. Also, we don't want the practice of triple talaq to be abolished. There are more divorces in other communities. Rather the highest rate, which is double that of Muslims, is among Hindus," Jamiat-Ulema-e-Hind president Maulana Arshad Madani claimed.

When pointed that some Muslim community members have raised the issue of triple talaq, AIMPLB general secretary Wali Rehmani curtly said, "they have all the right to do so in a democracy."

"The government is trying to divert the attention of people from its failure. We hope it withdraws the move. If it doesn't, we will decide on our future course of action. At present, we are trying to create awareness among Muslim s in the country," he said. (ANI)