Kohima : The Catholic Association of Nagaland (CAN) opposed the proposed implementation of the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) saying that the strength and unity of India lies on diversity and not forced uniformity.
Addressing reporters after a day-long consultative seminar on various pressing issues on the topic ‘Reading the signs of the times’ in Kohima, Bishop of Kohima Diocese, Most Rev James Thoppil on Saturday said UCC interferes with the personal lives of people beside the tribes and religious aspects of an individual.
“The moral practices of Human Rights should be respected… Cultural diversity must be enhanced and encouraged so that people do not become robots in uniformity but rather diversity defines the strength and unity of the nation.
On the stand of the catholic churches in Nagaland on UCC, CAN president Johnny Ruangmei while describing UCC as ‘alien’ said “We cannot be ruled by one law as different people from various tribes and religions live together throughout the country”.
Diversity should be used to enhance our unity, he said.
“Diversity of languages and religion is the strength of the country and it has to be enhanced and not destroyed by UCC,” he said. ( With PTI inputs )