Grade(s): Undergraduate classes CADIndia (website link)
Subject(s): Constitutional Law (BCI); Constitution of India, Website Guide (1)
Professional Ethics and Human Rights (VTU) Website Guide (2)
Chapter(s): Directive Principles of State Policy Website Guide (3)
Level of difficulty: Easy
Uniform Civil Code (UCC) is a proposed standardized law regulating all aspects of family or personal laws, such as marriage, divorce, adoption, guardianship and child custody, maintenance, inheritance and succession applicable to all persons irrespective of religion, faith, caste or any other factors.
Some argue that UCC will address the issue of social injustice (especially women’s rights) and can be used as a tool to achieve social and legal reform. Others disagree and believe that UCC will ruin plurality and diversity of religious and customary practices.
This worksheet revisits the constitutional history behind Article 44 of the Constitution of India: ‘The State shall endeavour to secure for citizens a uniform civil code throughout the territory of India’
What were the debates among the framers of the Indian Constitution on the Uniform Civil Code?