In India, the diversity of society has been used to justify separate personal laws for different religious communities. However, the presumption that this approach is fair assumes an even-handed treatment of all individuals within each community, often far from reality. The situation becomes particularly concerning when large-scale exploitation of vulnerable individuals occurs within religious communities.
Samina Begum’s fight against polygamy in the Supreme Court exposes the harm of triple talaq on women’s lives. Many personal laws, including those for Sunni Muslims, promote gender disparities in inheritance, property rights, and adoption, favoring men. Men created these laws and have slowly adopted modern human rights principles.
It is crucial to recognize that individual rights should not be subjugated to the interests of any community or culture. Even if exploitation affects only a single individual, it is morally imperative to stand against such injustices.
The Uniform Civil Code offers a solution to protect the rights of all citizens, particularly vulnerable groups like Pasmanda women. By providing equal rights and legal protection against harmful practices, such as divorce, halal, and polygamy, the UCC would empower Pasmanda women to lead independent lives and contribute to the country’s development.
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