The board seems to have forgotten its progressive roots, instead choosing not to support fights for gender and social justice.
The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017, needs critical deliberation, and one can only hope that the Rajya Sabha acts as a check on it.
Can triple talaq, at best a civil wrong, come under the purview of criminal law?
The Supreme Court’s judgement on triple talaq outlines the true meaning and spirit of the Quran on the anvil of individualism, the rule of law and human rights enunciated in the constitution.
Besides Gender Justice, Triple Talaq Case Was Also About Separating Religion and State in Family Law
Marriage must now conclusively be held to be a secular institution, governed by civil law that confers equal rights on men and women within a marriage.
While women’s rights groups and political parties hailed the decision as progressive, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board welcomed three judges’ emphasis on the freedom of religion.
Indian Muslims have come a long way since the Shah Bano case in the 1980s; today, there is a vibrant debate within the community on the need for respecting the rights of women in marriage and the family.
The board’s arguments in favour of triple talaq betray a lack of self-awareness and ignore a multiplicity of views held by Muslims in the country.
According to the Bebaak Collective, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board’s arguments to the Supreme Court are not only conservative, but discriminatory.
The court said it would examine to what extent it could interfere with Muslim personal laws, if they were found to violate the fundamental rights of citizens as enshrined in the constitution.
In a statement, 227 Muslim men have issued a call to ban the practices and said that they support the women challenging them.
A woman spokesperson for the All India Muslim Personal Law Board said that most Muslim women in the country did not agree with calls for the reform of Muslim personal law.
As the debate on banning Triple Talaq in India is again making news, Mariya Salim reminds the AIMPLB members that they need to take the side of the aggrieved and support the ban.
Muslim men are now also talking and speaking up against unjust anti-women practices. They are no longer willing to remain mute spectators and be scared of the conservative forces within the community.
Bano is challenging the practices of instant triple talaq, polygamy, and halala in the Supreme Court, arguing that they are unconstitutional and violative of her fundamental rights.
The Board has given its approval to a practice considered abhorrent and illegal by the Quran
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