Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, during an Agenda Aaj Tak event, said that it is “unnatural” to have four wives. The minister was speaking at the Agenda Aaj Tak event.
Transport minister Nitin Gadkari speaking during a session at Agenda Aajtak (Photo: India Today)
By India Today Web Desk: Union minister Nitin Gadkari, while responding to a question on Uniform Civil Code (UCC) at Agenda Aaj Tak event on Friday, said that it is “unnnatural” to have four wives. The remarks came a day after his party colleague Himanta Biswa Sarma said BJP is against Muslim men having multiple wives.
“Do you know any Muslim country that has two [civil] codes? If a man marries a woman, that is natural. But if a man marries four women that is unnatural. The progressive, educated among the Muslim community do not marry four times. The UCC is not against any one religion, it is for the development of the nation,” Gadkari said.
He added that Uniform Civil Code should not be viewed from a political perspective and the law will benefit the poor of this country.
Responding to a question on why the Centre is not planning on brining a law to enforce UCC across the country, Gadkari said the matter falls on concurrent list and if state governments are on board, then it will benefit the nation.
‘MUSLIM MEN CAN’T HAVE 3-4 WIVES’
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday said that his party was against Muslim men having multiple wives.
Sarma launched a scathing attack on Lok Sabha MP Badruddin Ajmal, saying that women can have “20-25 children” as per the AIUDF chief’s reported advice, but all future expenses for food, clothing, and education must be borne by the opposition leader.
“There cannot be any right for a man living in independent India to marry three or four women [without divorcing the previous spouse]. We want to change such a system. We will have to work to give justice to Muslim women,” the Assam CM said.
“We want ‘sabka saath sabka vikas’. If there are doctors from Assamese Hindu families, there should be doctors from Muslim families as well. Many MLAs don’t give such advice because they need the votes of Pomuwa Muslims,” Sarma said.
Bengali-speaking Muslims originating from East Bengal or present-day Bangladesh are colloquially called ‘Pomuwa Muslims’ in Assam.
Sarma further said that a family should give birth to only those many children whom they can provide food, clothes and education to make them better human beings.
“Our government’s policy is clear. We work for the indigenous people, but we want progress for all. We don’t want the students of Muslims, especially the ‘Pomuwa’ Muslims, to study in madrassas and become ‘Jonab’ and ‘Imam’,” he added.
WHAT IS UCC
The Uniform Civil Code, which comes under Article 44 of the Constitution of India, proposes to introduce personal laws that would apply to all citizens equally, irrespective of their religion, gender, caste, etc.
Uniform Civil Code essentially refers to a common set of laws governing personal matters such as marriage, divorce, adoption, inheritance, and succession.
At present, the personal laws of various communities are largely governed by their religion.