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Law Commission of India and Uniform Civil Code

Looking Back, Looking Forward

In the contemporary discourse on the uniform civil code and family law reforms, an examination of the 21st Law Commission of India’s consultation paper on family law reform, published in 2018, becomes imperative. Although the LCI’s 2018 paper had progressive recommendations on some issues, particularly in foregrounding that the UCC was neither feasible nor desirable in the current context, it cannot be considered as a radical or futuristic document. It is hoped that the shortcomings in the 2018 consultation paper and the legal developments since then will inform and shape the 22nd LCI in its forthcoming report of 2023–24.

With imminent elections in some states in 2023 and general elections a stone’s throw away in 2024, the government has vociferously advocated for a uniform civil code (UCC) once again. While many of us are trying to grapple with our collective and individual responses to the 22nd Law Commission of India’s (LCI) call for responses, a reference is made, time and again, to the 21st LCI’s consultation paper of 2018. The 2018 consultation paper is analysed and criti­qued in this article, as the recommendations made in 2018 continue to remain relevant for the current discourse on the UCC and reforms in family laws. It further takes stock of legal developments in family law since then, and discusses the way forward.

Responses on the Proposal for a UCC

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Updated On : 10th Oct, 2023
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