Uniform Civil Code:
Amid the row over wearing hijab in schools and colleges, Union Minister and BJP leader Giriraj Singh has said the Uniform Civil Code is the “need of the hour” and it should be discussed both in Parliament and in society.
- The Hijab row started in December end when a few students started coming to a government pre-university college in Udupi wearing Hijab.
- To protest against it, some Hindu students turned up wearing saffron scarves.
- The row spread to other educational institutions in different parts of the State, and the protests took a violent turn at some places earlier this week, prompting the government to declare three-day holiday for the institutions.
- The Hijab ban issue has refused to die down as Muslim girls are adamant on wearing hijab to college.
- Muslim clerics argue that Hijab ban violates right to freedom of religion enshrined in Constitution.
- Whereas the founders of the Constitution in Article 44 in Part IV dealing with the Directive Principles of State Policy had hoped and expected that the State shall endeavour to secure for the citizens a Uniform Civil Code throughout the territories of India, till date no action has been taken in this regard.
- Uniform civil code is A generic set of governing laws for every citizen without taking into consideration the religion.
- Article 44 of the Constitution says that there should be a Uniform Civil Code. According to this article, “The State shall endeavor to secure for the citizens a uniform civil code throughout the territory of India”. Since the Directive Principles are only guidelines, it is not mandatory to use them.