SUPREME COURT refused to direct Parliament to prepare Uniform Civil Code.
The Supreme Court bench comprising chief justice TS Thakur, AK Sikri and R Banumathi refused to entertain the public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay saying the court cannot direct the Parliament to introduce the Uniform Civil Code and said such issues are outside its realm.
What is Uniform Civil Code? 
Uniform civil Code in India is a proposal to have a generic set of governing laws for every citizen without taking into consideration the religion. 
Currently, there are personal laws based on the scriptures and customs of each major religious community. They are separate from the public law and are applied on issues like-
- marriage
- divorce
- inheritance
- adoption and maintenance
What is Article 44?
Article 44 of the Directive Principles in India implements the Uniform Civil Code. According to this article, "The State shall endeavour to secure for the citizens a uniform civil code throughout the territory of India".
But, Directive Principles are only guidelines and it is not mandatory to use them. 
When was the Uniform Civil Code demanded?
It is during the per-Independence period that Personal laws came into existence, majorly for Hindu and Muslim citizens. But with an objective to gain and promote women's rights, equality and secularism, Uniform Civil Code was demanded in the 20th century by women activists.
Why is there a debate around it?
India being a secular country guarantees its minorities the right to follow their own religion, culture and customs under Article 29 and 30. But implementing a Uniform Code will hamper India's secularism.
It is not only a Hindu-Muslim debate but involves other religious minorities as well. 
The SC had earlier pointed out that discrimination in issues like marriage, divorce and inheritance may not be a good practice. It also said that there is a "total confusion" when comes to personal laws governing religious practices. The implementation of UCC was a part of BJP's 2014 election manifesto as well. The party promised it will implement it if it comes to power.