Dimapur, April 11: Kiphire District Legal Services Authority (KDLSA) organised a legal seminar-cum-essay writing competition on the topic ‘Uniform Civil Code in Nagaland’ at Zisaji Presidency College, Kiphire on April 10.
A press release from Nagaland Legal Services Authority on Sunday informed that Phuleto Yeptho CJM and secretary of DLSA Kiphire, mentioned that Article 44 corresponds with Directive Principle of State Policy, stating that State shall endeavour to provide for its citizens a uniform civil code (UCC) throughout the territory in India.
“The basic idea behind the formulation of a UCC is to end discriminations based on religions. Instead of fighting over particular issues like inheritance, marital separation, child care responsibilities in personal laws, through UCC, government can ensure gender equality, protection of socially disadvantages section etc. He also cited an example like Goa Civil Code; that Goa is the only State to have a UCC in the form of Common Family Law. The UCC in Goa is a progressive law that allows equal division of income and property between husband and wife and also between children regardless of gender,” it stated.
Though the concept of Uniform Civil Code is good, it may be very difficult to implement considering the opposition from all communities, it stated. Instead of trying to force “One India One Law” on all religion, it is much better to impose changes in personal laws that are outdated and are derogatory to any section of people, it added.
Gagan Chandra Mishra, Asst. Professor, HoD of Political Science, spoke on ‘UCC- Retrospect and Introspect’ by highlighting that discrimination is still very strong in our society, be it in marriage, adoption, caring of child etc.
He also stated that some Articles like Article 14 of Indian Constitution provides for equality before law, Article 13 of the Constitution, Article 25-28 provides Right to freedom of Religion and in Cultural field”.
Among the 170-odd participants, Chingkela from 6th Semester won the first prize, second prize by Lomathong from 6th Semester and Tsise from 6th semester won the third prize. The winners were awarded with the certificate along the cash.
(Page News Service)