Triple talaq: Muslim women’s body slams AIMPLB signature drive
While the heated debate over ‘triple talaq’ continues, All India Muslim Women Personal Law Board (AIMWPLB) has criticised the signature campaign launched by the AIMPLB, dubbing it as a move to “mislead” women from the community.
Shaista Amber, AIMWPLB President, told the media agency that, “The campaign is not to empower Muslim women but to mislead them.”
In a report of Deccan Herald, it quoted her as seeking enactment of a Muslim marriage law in accordance with the Shariat (Islamic law) while calling for enactment of laws that made divorces tougher while making marriages easier.
“We find instances of triple talaq every now and then…it has made the lives of Muslim women hell…we must find a way to deal with it,” Shaista said. She added that the Muslim women often hesitated in getting cases of violence against them registered with the authorities as they feared that the men would divorce them if they did so.
She had various demands ranging from preventing Muslim men from getting married more than once as well as ban of triple talaq. AIMPLB could also punish those who utter ‘talaq’ thrice in one go, she suggested.
She added that “A Muslim marriage act should be passed by Parliament,” emphasizing that the ‘darul kaza’ (Shariat court) should include a woman in office so that the women victims could narrate to them their plight without any hesitation. Amber also demanded establishment of ‘madrasas’ (Islamic seminary) exclusively for Muslim women so that they could clearly know their rights in the light of the Shariat.
However, she opposed the Uniform Civil Code saying that the affidavit before the apex court smacked of votebank politics and efforts to disintegrate the society. “On the pretext of the issue, the government was trying to push the agenda implementing Uniform Civil Code,” she said.
She said it would have been better had the AIMPLB written in its documents that it wholeheartedly supported the provisions in the Holy Quran about ‘triple talaq’.
Her comments come in the light of signature campaign launched by All India Muslim Personal Law Board against Centre’s affidavit in the Supreme Court against ‘triple talaq’ and the questionnaire prepared by the Law Commission regarding Uniform Civil Code.
It is to be noted that the implementation of a common code is part of the BJP’s election manifesto.