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  • Muslim Law board asks women members to oppose triple talaq ban

    June 04, 2016

    The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) had made its stand on the triple talaq very clear since day one. But it was thought that the continuous protests and the pleas of the thousands would have had some effect on their stand. But it seems that is not the case. The AIMPLB has now requested all their women members to directly oppose the triple talaq ban and blamed the government for aiming at imposing the Uniform Civil Code on the Muslims against their will.

    AIMPLB women members hit out at the BJP-led NDA government saying the “hype over demand for scrapping the provision for triple talaq“ was a bid to facilitate a UCC and the board would not tolerate any interference in Muslim personal law. Those Muslims who did not wish to follow the same were free to marry under the Special Marriages Act, they said.

    AIMPLB executive member Asma Zehra attacked those seeking scrapping of triple talaq and said, “Some letterhead organisations and women andolans have presented false concocted data in their survey report, in which it is shown that 92% of Muslim women are in favor of a ban on triple talaq and amendments in Muslim personal law. It is also presented that 50,000 men and women have signed a petition to the National Commission for Women to abolish the Muslim code for divorce. We strongly condemn such a survey and self-made petitions.“

    The AIMPLB statement went on to add that “these fringe groups and andolans have no credibility among Muslim masses“.

    Two cases are often brought up when this issue is raised- the Shah Bano case and the Afreen Rehman case. The pendency of cases in the courts of India has also been cited as one of the reasons for the opposing. According to the board members, “These cases may take years. In contrast, Muslim personal law has simple and more successful ways of solving family disputes,“ This situation is true though with an average pendency time of a case as high as 4 to 8 years.

    Zehra added, “ All those who want change and unprincipled lifestyle are free to follow the civil code of the country. They can get married under the Special Marriages Act.“

    She said that “the allegation of gender bias is repeatedly raised to attack Islam and Muslims. It is portrayed that Islamic law is anti-women and cruel. This is not true. In fact, Islam guarantees equal rights to both men and women“.

    “In Islam, talaq is an unpleasant act and is discouraged. If both the partners fail to reconcile, then divorce is a safe exit for unsuccessful marriages. The methodology and procedure of divorce is clearly explained in Quran and Hadith. Triple talaq in one sitting is a bidath (discouraged) form of divorce. Divorce rate is least among the Muslims,“ she said.
     

    OUR TAKE

    The opposition that the Muslim brothers and sisters at AIMPLB harbor against the scrapping off of the triple talaq law may not be long lived. With protests from every part of the country in the recent past, the pressure is on the government to ensure that the tripe talaq law be finished off with. Many consider the introduction of the Uniform Civil Code as imposition whereas many consider the introduction necessary to maintain the sovereignty of the country. What good comes out of it may be beyond the understanding of religion as we know but it should be the only way to go.


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