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Uniform code: Law panel may recommend piece meal amendments to family laws

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December 06, 2017 12:39

The Law Commission will recommend religion-wise "piece meal" amendments to family laws if it finds it difficult to come out with a composite uniform civil code, its chairman Justice B S Chauhan said.

He also said that the civil code cannot be violative of any provision of the Constitution. The commission is in the process of segregating the nearly 45,000 suggestions its has received on its questionnaire on the uniform civil code.

"The commission will start examining the issue from January... If a composite code is difficult, we will suggest religion-wide amendments to the various family laws in a piece meal manner," Chauhan told PTI.

He, however, made it clear that the law panel has so far not taken any decision. "We have to first examine the issue," he pointed out. He said whatever the panel suggests to the government will be within the framework of the Constitution.

"No fundamental right of any person following any religion will be violated," the former Supreme Court judge said. While examining the issue of a single code, the panel will have to keep in mind issues such as the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution. -- PTI

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