NEW DELHI: Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, who had advanced Centre's stand against the practice of triple talaq as the Attorney General, today welcomed the Supreme Court ruling, saying it is a step towards achieving the ultimate goal of a uniform civil code (UCC).
Dubbing it as a "path-breaking judgement", Rohatgi said the stand of the government was "completely vindicated" and the judgement has restored the dignity of the Muslim women who can now march to progress like other citizens of the country.
Rohatgi, who had passionately argued the matter which was heard during the summer vacation, said that all laws including personal laws are subject to restrictions of the Constitution.
"If these personal laws were arbitrary and pernicious traditionally, they must give way to the doctrine of equality and the right to have a dignified life for all citizens. This was the stand of the government which has been completely vindicated," the former AG said.
Rohatgi, who had himself stepped down in June after completing his three-year tenure as the Attorney General, said he was satisfied that "the stand of the Government of India has been completely vindicated by the Supreme Court."
In reply to a question, he said "this is in a way a step towards achieving the ultimate goal, that is a uniform civil code."
"It is a path-breaking judgement. The Supreme Court has redeemed the dignity and liberty of a vast population of the country. Women of the Muslim community can now march towards progress, prosperity and education like other citizens of India.
"They can lead a life of dignity without any fear or apprehension that they can be thrown out of their matrimonial home any time," he said.