Different religions, different laws…and attached with that are ample of problems!
India has diversity like no other country and we proclaim to be secular, but are we? If yes, then why is there no uniform civil code? Why is there a differential treatment given to the people belonging to different religions?
A Muslim man pays maintenance only for the period of Iddat (three menstrual cycles or three months after divorce), and then the woman’s welfare is the responsibility of her relatives and the Wakf Board. She has to keep knocking the doors of her relatives and the Wakf for her family’s survival.
In case of Christians, they have to wait for two years after the judicial separation before seeking divorce under Section 10A (1). But the waiting time for couples of other religions is one year under other laws, like the Hindu Marriage Act, Parsi Marriage, and Divorce Act.
Where is ‘secular’ in all of this? There is a different way of handling cases for each and every religion. The Supreme Court said these personal laws of different religions, which govern matters like marriage, divorce, property and alimony, were creating too many problems, and urged the Modi government to introduce a Uniform Civil Code in India.
It is something that Narendra Modi could leave behind as a memorable legacy. The efficiency of the law structure would shape up well. Stamping out religion from civil laws would lessen the burden on the judiciary. No wonder, countries like Canada, USA and UK have been at a better place when compared to India.
Only when there is one law for every Indian, can we call ourselves truly secular.