Muslims suffered due to absence of Uniform Civil Code: Retd SC Judge M Katju on Article 370

As the debate over Article 370 in Kashmir is growing louder, Press Council of India Chairman Markandey Katju has come out in support of Uniform Civil Code in the state.

By Tarun Khanna | Last Updated: Jun 01, 2014, 09:40 AM IST

Zee Media Bureau/Tarun Khanna

New Delhi: As the debate over Article 370 in Kashmir is growing louder, Press Council of India Chairman Markandey Katju has come out in support of Uniform Civil Code in the state.

Katju, who was formerly a judge of Supreme Court of India, said that Kashmir can`t be separated from India whether or not Article 370 remains in the state.

“Kashmir can`t be separated from India, whether Article 370 is there or not. India is union of states not a confederation. However, due to vote bank politics Uniform Civil Code has not been made a law,” said Katju.
While expressing his views on the plight of Muslims, he said that the main reason behind their miserable state is the absence of Uniform Civil Code and as there is no modernisation of their personal law.

“Muslims suffered due to absence of Uniform Civil Code. An archaic law cant apply to present times,” he added.

Furthermore, Kajtu also objected to the argument that Kashmir will secede from India if Article 370 is repealed.

The row over article 370 escalated a few days back with Jammu and Kashmir`s political parties as well as Congress opposing any move to revoke the constitutional provision guaranteeing special status to the state and the RSS stressing that the state would remain an integral part of India and attacking Chief Minister Omar Abdullah for suggesting otherwise.

(With ANI inputs)