Indian state passes landmark uniform civil code opposed by Muslims

The Uniform Civil Code bans polygamy, a practice permitted under Islamic law that permits a man to have up to four wives.

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NEW DELHI, 7 Feb: Uttarakhand, a northern Indian state under PM Narendra Modi’s BJP, approved a bill introducing a Uniform Civil Code with the potential to influence other states.

Despite BJP’s majority in Uttarakhand, critics, particularly from the Muslim community, argue the code challenges religious practices like polygamy and underage marriages.

Indian Christians, Muslims, and Hindus have been following their laws and customs for marriage, divorce, adoption, and inheritance. 

What is UCC?

The Uniform Civil Code bans polygamy, a practice permitted under Islamic law that permits a man to have up to four wives.

The UCC aims to standardize laws across religions, addressing variations in marriage, divorce, and inheritance laws.

The law sets a minimum age of 21 for men and 18 for women and discourages marrying relatives, including cousins, uncles, and aunts.

Muslim theologians and tribal groups oppose the code, emphasizing threats to diversity and religious practices.

BJP’s push for a national code aligns with their promises, potentially leveraging Hindu support for Modi’s re-election bid.

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