50,000 Muslims sign petition calling for triple Talaq ban; Katju supports the move
An organization working for the empowerment of Muslim women in India, Bhartiya Muslim Mahila Andolan ( BMMA) wrote to National Commission for Women ( NCM) asking for banning triple Talaq in the country. The petition so far has been signed by more than 50,000 Muslim men and women who advocate for abolishing the act.
The organization in its petition, termed the practice as ‘heinous’ and ‘un-Quranic,’ and stated that it ‘destroys Muslim women’s life.’
The group calling for a legal ban on the practice, argued that it has done a thorough case study on the matter. “We are bringing out the suffering and pain caused to women and children owing to this inhuman practice,” it stated.
In its letter which was sent to National Commission for Women Chairperson Lalitha Kumaramangalm, the organization claimed that 92 percent of Muslim women in the nation wants the law got banned.
— Markandey Katju (@mkatju) June 1, 2016
The co-founders of BMMA Noorjehan Safia Niaz and Zakia Soman said that the movement strives for equal citizenship of Muslims as enshrined in the Constitution, as well as for justice and equality for Muslim women, based on the Quranic tenets.
“The instant method of divorce has no mention in the Quran. In fact the Quranic method requires a 90 day process of dialogue, reconciliation and mediation before divorce takes place,” they said.
The letter stated that the Muslim personal law must be reformed in such a manner that all discriminatory practices are struck down as illegal and Muslim women’s Constitutional and Quranic rights are safeguarded.
The letter also argued that the practice is being supported by the clerics of the community who encourage such misogynistic and patriarchal practice.
Meantime, former Press Council of India chairman markandey Katju has reacted to the move through a tweet.
“Where are the Mullahs? Are they not going to do something against these heretics?” he tweeted.
Earlier, he had come forward opposing the practice of triple Talaq and burqa among Muslims.
“I am strongly against oral talaq and burqa among Muslims, and I support the demand of a uniform civil code,” he wrote on Facebook.
Advocating for uniform civil code he had opined that Sharia law is the reason behind the backwardness of Muslims in India.
Shaista Ambar, All India Muslim Women Personal Law Board (AIMWPLB) president, has also called for the abolishing of triple Talaq in the country.