Bengaluru: With India’s population rising, the Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad (ABAP), which is the apex body of all the 13 recognised Hindu monastic orders or akharas in the country, has demanded a law to check rising population and the implementation of the Common Civil Code in the country.

Its president Mahant Narendra Giri said that the enactment of a two-child law was needed to check population. The Mahant went to the extent of saying that a certain community enjoys minority status, but is persecuting the majority community.

To buttress his point, he cited the recent arrest of a girl of another community in Prayagraj for using profanity and abusive remarks for Hindu deities in a video which went viral on social media.

The Mahant said, "Even before the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya, some elements were talking about demolishing it. They have been challenging the Sanatan culture."

He said that the growing population of this community in the country could become a huge threat in the coming days.

The ABAP president urged intellectuals and leaders of the minority community to convince their people to adopt population control measures and dissuade them from issuing statements that hurt the religious sentiments of the followers of Sanatan Dharma.

Uniform Civil Code (UCC)

As the name indicates, the laws governing a country should be applied unequivocally, without fear or favour. But in reality, it is different as personal laws based on scriptures and customs of different religions are being used to try cases. It was the desire of Dr Ambedkar that such practices be annulled and a common law governing the citizens of India be brought up. So the issue of UCC was broached in the Directive Principles, Article 44. The promise of implementing UCC was made in the BJP manifesto.

With the huge mandate that PM Modi enjoys, it is expected that his government will bring the law soon.