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17 AUGUST, 2017 (MAINS)

TODAYS ANSWER WRITING CHALLENGE FROM GS-I

 

Q1. “While a Uniform Civil Code (UCC) bears the potential to liberate Indian women from the religious chains that have bound them for centuries, those opposing it seem to want to keep the shackles intact.” Examine. (200 words)

 

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  • Osho Korde

    While many women throughout India are standing in support of a UCC, others are speaking out against it, claiming it would tear asunder their personal religious practices. In fact, The Times of Indiareported that Muslim women turned out in the thousands at a 21 October rally to protest the adoption of a UCC. Whether their opposition is perhaps influenced by forces such as the AIMPLB or by men in their lives is unknown, but it certainly seems counterintuitive to fight against being granted rights that would apply universally to all the citizens of one’s country.
    The AIMPLB’s considerable influence poses a significant threat to women and the oppressed, because its sympathies lie with the subjugation of women that is found in Sharia law. The group exists to protect Sharia law from the laws of India that promote democracy, fair say and equality for all people. In doing so, they not only encroach on the rights of women and non-Muslims, but also on the rights of other Muslims who do not adhere to the Sharia-based outlook.
    Women are not the only ones threatened by this worldview. Those who prescribe to more extreme interpretations of the Quran look down on nonbelievers of Islam as worthy of abuse and unfair treatment by those engaged in the Sharia-Islamic lifestyle. Under such an interpretation, a man is allowed to defraud, harm and even kill those who are different from him.