Assam Chief Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma announced on Monday that his government is likely to introduce strong legislation which aims at banning polygamy and implementing the Common Civil Code (CCC).
The move is seen to be an important step towards ensuring uniformity in the legal system across all communities within the state.
“Assam cabinet has discussed both CCC and the polygamy Bill on Saturday. We were following legislation to ban polygamy, but Uttarakhand has passed the Common Civil Code (Bill). We are now working on aligning both (issues) so that we can prepare strong legislation. We are working on that,” said Sarma.
Sarbananda Sonowal stated that ‘The government, initially considering legislation to prohibit polygamy, is now contemplating aligning the matter with the Common Civil Code (UCC) following Uttarakhand’s recent legislation on the same issue’, said, Sarbananda Sonowal, former CM of Assam.
He added that a specialized committee will examine approaches to incorporate polygamy and the Common Civil Code into a unified piece of legislation.
“The CCC (legislation passed by Uttarakhand) is banning polygamy while making it a civil offence. We were thinking of making polygamy a criminal offence. Since the country needs a uniform policy, we are going to align these”, said Himanta Biswa Sarma.
He stated, that ‘the state cabinet, in its meeting on Sunday, resolved to bring forth a law prohibiting the practice of faith healing by healers’.
“This is a very risky subject, which is used to convert tribal people. We are going to pilot this Bill because we believe the religious status quo is very important,” said the CM.
“Whoever is Muslim, should remain Muslim, whoever is Christian, should remain Christian and whoever is Hindu, let them remain Hindu so that a proper balance can be achieved in our state. We want to curb evangelism in Assam and this Bill will be a very important milestone,” he added.