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AIMPLB opposes UCC; advocates farm land inheritance for women

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Hyderabad, Aug 13 (UNI) Even while opposing any move to introduce Uniform Civil Code (UCC) in the country, All India Muslim Personal Law Board President S M Rabey Hasni Nadvi today urged the Union Government to amend the Shariat Application Act to provide right of inheritance of farm lands to Muslim women in North India.

Addressing a press conference here, he said AIMPLB had received ''lukewarm'' response from various States, including Uttar Pradesh, to its plea to amend tenural laws which deny Muslim women right of inheritance of agricultural lands.

Pleading with the Centre to intervene in the issue and amend the Shariat Application Act so that all States in North India followed suit, he said Muslim women enjoyed the right prior to the British rule.

Asserting that it was a fundamental right of Muslims to follow their personal law, Mr Nadvi opined that enactment of any UCC would damage the interests of the country.

In this context, he pointed out that Nagas and Mizos of the North-Eastern part of the country had agreed to lay down arms only when they were provided with water-tight Constitutional guarantee that no act of Parliament in respect of religious and social practices, customary law and procedure should apply to them.

''In view of the guarantees, it is almost impossible to secure UCC throughout the territory of India,'' he opined, urging the countrymen to realise that practicing shariat in their family matters was an integral part of their faith and religion.

UNI

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