Following Uttarakhand’s lead, Rajasthan Minister Kanhaiya Lal Choudhary declared on Tuesday that the state government intends to introduce the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) Bill during the current or upcoming assembly session.
Praise for Uttarakhand Chief Minister’s Initiative on Uniform Civil Code Bill
Additionally, Mr. Choudhary commended Pushkar Singh Dhami, the chief minister of Uttarakhand, for bringing forth the bill, which seeks to create standardized civil laws for all citizens, irrespective of their religious beliefs.
“First of all, I would like to thank Uttarakhand CM Dhami. This was an important matter and the people of India were awaiting it. He initiated this bill. We are making an effort to ensure that Rajasthan becomes the second state after Uttarakhand (to implement the UCC Bill)…CM is in support of this. He has given directions for this, and work will be done soon. This will be discussed in the current session and if the time is insufficient, it will be brought up in the next session,” Rajasthan Minister Kanhaiya Lal Choudhary said.
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Proposed Uniform Civil Code Bill 2024 and Mandatory Registration of Live-In Relationships
The Uniform Civil Code 2024 Bill was introduced by Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami at the Dehradun Assembly earlier in the day.
Uniform civil laws regarding marriage, divorce, succession, cohabitation, and other related topics are proposed in this bill.
The Uniform Civil Code Bill is one of the many proposals that requires live-in relationships to be registered with the government.
When the proposed UCC Bill is put into effect, cohabitation agreements will need to be legally registered within 30 days of the “date of entering into the relationship.” According to the UCC, adult couples must get permission from their parents in order to live together.
The bill also establishes a standardized divorce procedure and suggests outlawing child marriage entirely. In addition, the Code grants women of all faiths the same rights to assert their rightful claim to their inherited property.
The Dhami government announced in March 2022 that a committee would be formed to draft the UCC.