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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

The Property bill not for minorities:Bharadwaj

New Delhi, PTI :

The passage of a Bill in Rajya Sabha giving daughters and sons equal rights to Hindu ancestral property was today termed by Law Minister H R Bharadwaj as "a revolutionary step to eliminate gender bias".

But he was guarded when asked whether the Government intended to extend such reforms in the personal law pertaining to Muslims. "The marriage and succession pertaining to Muslims will be governed by their personal law. We should not try to force any codification of these laws," the Law Minister said at a press conference.

However, he was quick to add that "codification of personal laws can help a community but that community must first prepare itself for the change. When a community is not ready, we cannot force it on them," he said.

On Uniform Civil Code, he said "we will welcome it if the minority community accepts it. Without the consent of the minority community it will be difficult." "We have changed the laws for the Hindus but the Muslims have to desire the change," Bharadwaj said and added "Nobody can make a Uniform Civil Code unless all communities agree." Referring to the different customs in marriage and succession prevailing in the two communities, the Minister asked "how can you make a uniform civil code pertaining to marriages and other social customs."

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