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�Uniform civil code neither necessary nor desirable�

By The Assam Tribune
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NEW DELHI, Sept 1 - The Law Commission has suggested certain changes in marriage and divorce laws that should be uniformly accepted in the personal laws of all religions, while holding that the uniform civil code �is neither necessary nor desirable at this stage� in the country.

The Commission, headed by former Supreme Court judge Justice BS Chauhan, whose tenure ended on Friday, has come out with a 185-page consultation paper on �Family Law Reforms� said a unified nation does not necessarily need to have �uniformity�.

The law panel said the best way forward is to preserve diversity of personal laws even while ensuring they did not contradict fundamental rights guaranteed under the Indian Constitution.

Saying, secularism cannot contradict the plurality prevalent in the country, the Commission said in the paper that: �Cultural diversity cannot be compromised to the extent that our urge for uniformity itself becomes a reason for threat to the territorial integrity of the nation.�

Suggesting amendments in marriage and divorce in personal laws of all religion, the Commission advocated making adultery a ground for divorce for men and women and to simplify divorce procedure.

�While all family laws include adultery as a ground for divorce it is important to ensure that the provision is accessible to both spouses,� the paper said. � IANS

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�Uniform civil code neither necessary nor desirable�

NEW DELHI, Sept 1 - The Law Commission has suggested certain changes in marriage and divorce laws that should be uniformly accepted in the personal laws of all religions, while holding that the uniform civil code �is neither necessary nor desirable at this stage� in the country.

The Commission, headed by former Supreme Court judge Justice BS Chauhan, whose tenure ended on Friday, has come out with a 185-page consultation paper on �Family Law Reforms� said a unified nation does not necessarily need to have �uniformity�.

The law panel said the best way forward is to preserve diversity of personal laws even while ensuring they did not contradict fundamental rights guaranteed under the Indian Constitution.

Saying, secularism cannot contradict the plurality prevalent in the country, the Commission said in the paper that: �Cultural diversity cannot be compromised to the extent that our urge for uniformity itself becomes a reason for threat to the territorial integrity of the nation.�

Suggesting amendments in marriage and divorce in personal laws of all religion, the Commission advocated making adultery a ground for divorce for men and women and to simplify divorce procedure.

�While all family laws include adultery as a ground for divorce it is important to ensure that the provision is accessible to both spouses,� the paper said. � IANS

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