Muslim women seek support to abolish triple talaq

New Delhi: Thousands of Muslim women have sought support to abolish the "heinous" practice of 'triple talaq', which they have termed an "un-Quranic" practice.

The Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA) wrote to the National Commission for Women and sought its support to make the practice that "destroys the life of women" as illegal.

"We demand to end the practice of oral or unilateral divorce or triple talaq and we have collected 50,000 signatures from women and men for this," the rights group said in their letter to Lalitha Kumaramanglam, Chairperson, National Commission for Women.

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The group had found that women want "a legal ban on the practice of the heinous practice which destroys the life of many women and children". They had compiled case studies of women who have "suffered" the ordeal of triple talaq.

"We are bringing out the suffering and pain caused to women and children owing to this inhuman practice," it added.

The co-founders, Noorjehan Safia Niaz and Zakia Soman of BMMA "strive 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.

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