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AIMPLB decides to boycott Law Commission questionnaire on Uniform Civil Code
The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has decided to boycott the questionnaire that was sent to them by the Law Commission. The questionnaire had asked the public for a response on issues of Uniform Civil Code (UCC) and triple talaq.

Hazrat Maulana Wali Rehman of the Muslim Law Board said, "This is an attempt to betray the people. The Law Commission is not functioning like an independent body, it is engaging in illegal activities and acting like the government's agent."

Criticizing the government's move to initiate a discussion on UCC, the AIMPLB said that the government is trying to impose the UCC on the people.

"We will oppose the uniform civil code. We feel that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is trying to distract people from the failures of his own government by focusing on this," Rehman said.

"This is not an issue limited to Muslims, our objective is for a united India," he added.

The Law Commission had sought public views on the subject of triple talaq in order to reform family laws. According to the Commission, the objective behind seeking public views on the issue is to 'address discrimination against vulnerable groups and harmonise the various cultural practices'.

In a questionnaire that was accompanying the one on Triple Talaq, the Commission had asked whether the existing personal laws and customary practices need codification and whether it would benefit people.

The questionnaire prepared by the commission comprised of 16 questions to ascertain public opinion on issues such as regulating polygamy, ending Maitri-Karar, abolising or amending triple talaq and evaluating the two-year waiting period for finalisation of divorce among Christians.

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