What is Article 44, referring to which the Delhi High Court advocated bringing a Uniform Civil Code, Let's know
The High Court expressed its disappointment, citing a direction issued by the Supreme Court in 1985, that it has not been taken seriously even after three decades. Recently, former Chief Justice of Supreme Court SA Bobde also praised the Uniform Civil Code of Goa.
NEW DELHI: During the hearing of a case, the Delhi High Court advocated the implementation of the Uniform Civil Code across the country. He said that now the traditional stereotypes of religion, caste, and community are breaking down in society, so the time has come to move towards Uniform Civil Code in the light of Article 44 of the Constitution.
The High Court expressed its disappointment, citing a direction issued by the Supreme Court in 1985, that it has not been taken seriously even after three decades. Recently, former Chief Justice of Supreme Court SA Bobde also praised the Uniform Civil Code of Goa. As CJI, at the inauguration of the High Court building in Goa, the Chief Justice had said that Goa already had the Uniform Civil Code as envisioned by the framers of the Constitution. However, let us know what is in Article 44, which has been mentioned by the Delhi High Court.
What does article 44 say?
Part IV of the Constitution describes the Directive Principles of State Policy. Through Articles 36 to 51 of the Constitution, suggestions have been given to the state on various important issues and it is expected that the state will keep these directive principles in mind while deciding its policies. In these, Article 44 instructs the state to make a 'uniform civil code' for all religions at the appropriate time. Overall, the purpose of Article 44 is to eliminate the problem of discrimination against weaker sections and to increase coordination between different cultural groups across the country.
Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar, Chairman of the Drafting Committee in the Constituent Assembly, had said at the time of framing the Constitution that a Uniform Civil Code is required, but for the time being, it should be left to the will of different religions. Thus, Article 35 was included in the draft constitution as Article 44 of the adopted constitution and it was expected that a Uniform Civil Code would come into force when the nation was unanimous.
Dr. Ambedkar had said in a speech given in the Constituent Assembly, 'No one should assume that if the state has the power, it will implement it immediately... It is possible that Muslims or Christians or any other community The power is given to the State in this context may be considered objectionable. I think there must be some crazy government doing this.