Speaking on the triple talaq row, former Attorney General Soli Sorabjee said that muslim organisations should consider Uniform Civil Code (UCC) as an inseparable part of the Constitution. He added that though All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) caters to the needs of specific religion but if it violates right to live or gender equality then it should be abandoned.
It is significant to note that Article 44 of the Constitution lists UCC as one of the directive principles of state policy.
He also slammed AIMPLB for its decision to boycott Law Commission. He said that AIMPLB should come forward and debate on the questionnaire given by the Commission instead of boycotting it. "Child marriage and triple talaq is a constitutional abuse. For us, rights endowed in the constitution are supreme and not the personal law board," he added.
Sorabjee also said that political parties should come on a common ground and should not indulge in politics over the issue. "Parties should take lessons from Shah Bano case and should foster confidence of all stake holders on the issue," he quipped.
Muslim law board has been reluctant to do away with Triple Talaq which they say is an integral part of religious Shariat. The government has recently asked the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) and certain other Muslim organisations to reconsider their decision to boycott the Law Commission’s consultations on triple talaq and the Uniform Civil Code (UCC).