New Delhi, 05 July 2016: The Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) has termed as preposterous the move of framing Uniform Civil Code, (UCC) gaining momentum after the Union law Ministry forwarded the issue of examining it in detail. The real challenge before the present BJP-led NDA government is to eradicate corruption, inflation, maladministration, malnutrition, unemployment, poor sanitation while providing health, education and other facilities, the party said.
SDPI National General Secretary Afsar Pasha in a statement said that the opposition to UCC has much bigger issues involved, which are mainly ideological and social. Muslims may not support any change in the laws, which curtail their freedom to observe their belief and rituals, which have been permissible to them even before freedom of the country. Muslims are not opposing UCC just because it is now being talked about by the new government, they opposed it even when Congress was in power. In fact, “liberal” ideologists have been more vocal in support of the UCC, and their support is based on their peculiar understanding of “equality” between men and women. RSS is only interested in imposing their Hindu civil code in the name of uniform civil code, he alleged.
Parliament could not destroy the basic structure of the Constitution. If the right to freedom of religion and cultural rights form part of the basic structure of Constitution, right to practice Islamic faith with sharia cannot be abridged/ diluted to implement the directive principles. He said that it is also disgusting to note that while the directive principle of a uniform civil code is emphasised, no one speaks of the non-implementation of other directive principles that are far more important: the right to work, living wages, avoiding the concentration of wealth in the hands of a few, protection of monuments, etc.
It is clear that RSS and BJP who talk about extermination of Islam and Muslims in India propose Uniform Civil Code as a forward step towards their evil aim. He requested all the progressives of the country not to fall in to the trap set by those who promote genocide.