Given recent trends in India, there is a risk that a UCC would, in fact, serve as a tool for the BJP to entrench an ethnic state, thereby instituting the ‘tyranny of the majority.’
If the legislature is serious about introducing gender parity in personal laws, it should not focus all its energies on one particular religion.
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.
While the All India Muslim Personal Law Board has asked the court not to interfere with freedom of religion, the Centre has argued that gender equality and the dignity of women are constitutional values and cannot be compromised with.
With its engrained anti-Muslim agenda, the current political regime may find it problematic to hold up its image as a champion of Muslim women.
The gathering of almost 500 female religious scholars in Indonesia in the world’s first Female Clerics Congress shows Muslim women’s fight for equality.
In ‘Rupture, Loss and Living: Minority Women Speak about Post-Conflict Life’, K. Lalitha and Deepa Dhanraj bring out the voices of Muslim women targeted during riots.
The apex court appeared concerned regarding the options that would be left to a Muslim man if all forms of talaq were struck down.
When church and state come together, the patriarchal attitudes and assertions within religion, society, the polity and the state get consolidated, a cause for concern for women who are marginalised and discriminated against.
Noorjehan Safia Niaz of the Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan, an intervenor in the Shayara Bano PIL before the Supreme Court, advances a mature and nuanced viewpoint in a vitiated political climate.
In conversation with Egyptian journalist Mona Eltahawy on Islam, the hijab, human rights and sex.
The conservative interior ministers want to ensure women show their face while driving, when they register with authorities, at passport controls and at demonstrations.
A mob attacked the women after they had been detained by the police, with a video showing the police making half-hearted attempts to control the crowd.
It is high time for the Muslim women to know that triple talaq is un-Quranic and needs to be fought against.
Muslim personal laws and Indian secular laws already provide a two-tiered system of protection for Muslim women.
In a statement, 227 Muslim men have issued a call to ban the practices and said that they support the women challenging them.
A new performance based on the writings of Muslim women from about a century ago has important implications for the Indian feminist movement today.
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