Uniform Civil Code has to be optional and not compulsory: Congress

Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala on Friday said a Uniform Civil Code cannot be forced upon people and it has to be optional.

Addressing the 10th edition of the “Chhatra Sansad” (students’ parliament), he said a Uniform Civil Code has to be voluntary and that will be a great step.

While releasing the ruling Hindu nationalist party BJP’s Lok Sabha polls manifesto last year, its senior leader Rajnath Singh had said the saffron party was committed towards implementing a Uniform Civil Code in the country.

“The very fact of the Uniform Civil Code is that it cannot be forced upon you, it has to be optional and not compulsory. It has to be voluntary and that will be a great step…,” Surjewala said.

Talking about violence against Dalits, Congress spokesperson said one should not shy away from the reality.

“When I discriminate and violate your rights because you are from the scheduled tribes or backward classes, why should you shy away from stating the naked truth in public? That is the only way to societal reforms and the realisation that caste-based violence is an ugly menace that prevails in our society,” he said.

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