Muslim women hail government move on Triple Talaq

Muslim women hail government move on Triple Talaq

New Delhi, Oct 9 (IANS) A grouping of Muslim women on Sunday welcomed the government’s stand that Triple Talaq violated the issue of women’s equality and must go.

“We … whole-heartedly welcome the stand taken by the government in the Supreme Court,” 16 women activists said in a joint statement.

“We welcome the clear statement in the (government) affidavit that practices such as Triple Talaq, Nikah Halala and polygamy are violative of womens’ equality and dignity and therefore need to be abolished.”

The statement said Triple Talaq took place in gross violation of Quranic injunctions and values of justice and equality enshrined in the Indian constitution.

“We further welcome the statement that gender equality is non-negotiable… There can be no progress without gender equality and justice.

“We also welcome the stand that the fact that these practices are legally regulated in several Muslim countries indicates these are not essential practices in the Islamic religion,” the statement said.

“The Constitution allows for personal laws with the objective of upholding diversity and pluralism in our country. But it nowhere sanctions violation of the principles of gender justice.”

The women said that Muslim women were entitled to legal justice just as Hindu women had moved towards justice through the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 and the Hindu Succession Act, 1956.

“The Shariat Application Act, 1937 is incomplete and archaic and we urgently seek reform in order that Muslim women citizens are able to live a life of justice and dignity.”

The signatories to the statement included Afreen Bano, Badar Syed, Farhat Amin, Khatun Shaikh, M. Nasreen, Mariya Salim, Nasim Akhtar, Nishat Hussain, Noorjehan Safia Niaz, R. Jeibunnisa, Rahima Khatun, Safia Akhtar,Shadab Bano, Sharifa Khanum, Shayara Bano and Zakia Soman, Co-Founder of the Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan and a petitioner in the Supreme Court.

3 Comments

  1. Where does Congress and its devotees stand on this issue? Are they still trying to figure out ways to turn this into another Hindu-bashing opportunity?LOL

  2. The debate for a uniform civil code dates back to the colonial period in India. The Lex Loci Report of October 1840 emphasised the importance and necessity of uniformity in codification of Indian law, relating to crimes, evidences and contract but it recommended that personal laws of Hindus and Muslims should be kept outside such codification.[1] According to their understanding of religious divisions in India, the British separated this sphere which would be governed by religious scriptures and customs of the various communities (Hindus, Muslims, Christians and later Parsis). These laws were applied by the local courts or panchayats when dealing with regular cases involving civil disputes between people of the same religion; the State would only intervene in exceptional cases. Thus, the British let the Indian public have the benefit of self-government in their own domestic matters with the Queen’s 1859 Proclamation promising absolute non-interference in religious matters. The personal laws involved inheritance, succession, marriage and religious ceremonies. The public sphere was governed by the British and Anglo-Indian law in terms of crime, land relations, laws of contract and evidence—all this applied equally to every citizen irrespective of religion.

    Those who hail BJP government in internal affairs of religion should know “Law commision of India questionnaire ‘Uniform Civil Code’ posed specific question to religious affairs of Christians too.
    Q9.Do you agree that the two-year period of wait for finalising divorce violates Christian women’s right to equality?

    If the PM Modi government pass resolution and says Christian women should marry within 7days of divorce,will the community and Church will accept?

    Judicial system of Israel also has separate personal status laws for different religions.If PM Modi give excuse of Pakistan,Afghanistan it is stupidious.

    Jai Hind

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