By Special Correspondent
New Delhi: In response to media reports about the BJP-led government’s attempt to resurrect the Uniform Civil Code issue, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board on Tuesday described these efforts as tending to violate the Indian Constitution, which guarantees every citizen the right to live according to his or her religion. It also infringes on citizens’ fundamental rights, according to the Board. Board said the ruling regime must abandon diversionary tactics and focus on people’s pressing concerns.
Maulana Khalid Saifullah Rahmani, General Secretary, All India Muslim Personal Law Board, stated that the Constitution of India has allowed every citizen of the country to live according to his religion, and this is a fundamental right.
“Under the same right, separate personnel laws have been granted for minorities and tribal classes according to their customs, beliefs and traditions, which does not interfere with the constitution in any way,” Maulana Rahmani underlined and adding that ,”Rather, it helps maintain mutual trust between the minority and the majority communities.
He recalled that in the past, in order to put an end to many tribal uprisings, the constitution accommodated their beliefs and traditions in social life.
Instead of raking up such non-issues, Board General Secretary said the government must focus on people’s issues.
“Now the adoption of the Uniform Civil Code by the Uttarakhand or Uttar Pradesh government or the central government is just a timeless rhetoric and everyone knows that their purpose is not to address issues such as rising inflation, falling economy and rising unemployment.
He said the attempt means to deflect public attention from the failures of the movements.
“The Uniform civil code issue has been brought up to divert attention from real issues and promote an agenda of hatred and discrimination. This anti-constitutional move is not acceptable to Muslims at all. The All India Muslim Personal Law Board strongly condemns this and urges the government to refrain from such actions”.