GUWAHATI- Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has unveiled plans to introduce groundbreaking legislation banning polygamy and implementing a Uniform Civil Code (UCC) in the state. This announcement marks not just a legal reform but a step towards social transformation in Assam.
The Assam government has prepared an anti-polygamy bill draft and is trying to bring a new uniform legislation in line with the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) bill passed by the Uttarakhand assembly, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Monday.
An UCC refers to a common set of laws applicable to all Indian citizens, and is not based on religion in dealing with personal matters like marriage, divorce, inheritance, and adoption.
Mr Sarma’s statement comes amid a buzz that Assam may introduce a Uniform Civil Code (UCC) bill during the ongoing Budget session that ends February 28.
The state cabinet has also approved a bill dealing with magic healing, Mr Sarma informed.
“Now the country needs a uniform policy. We have to align our bills, so we will have a round of discussion with our central leaders as well. These are long-time reforms,” the Chief Minister added.
BJP-ruled Uttarakhand passed a Uniform Civil Code bill last week, becoming the first state in the country to do so. The legislation bans polygamy and makes it mandatory for live-in couples to register their relationship.