UP Shia board chief supports uniform civil code


Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Shia Central Waqf Board Chairman Waseem Rizvi has come out in support of a uniform civil code even as the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) continues to oppose such a law.

Rizvi expressed support for a common law for all communities on issues related to marriage, divorce, succession and adoption.

“If Goa can do it, why not other states also?” he asked in a proposal to the National Law Commission.

Noting that customs and rituals can differ according to the practices of various religions, he said issues like divorce, marriage, giving equal rights to girls in ancestral property, succession, whether adopted or otherwise, should be governed by the principle of one-nation, one-law.

Rizvi has been at loggerheads with the AIMPLB, which opposes the uniform civil code, and has even floated a political party named Indian Shia Awami League.