Muslim board refuses to let go of triple talaq practice
All India Muslim Personal Law Board and a number of other prominent Muslim organisations reject Law Commission’s questionnaire on the triple talaq practice and the Uniform Civil Code
The development comes days after the Centre told the Supreme Court that ‘triple talaq,’ ‘nikaah halala’ and polygamy were not integral to the practice of Islam or essential religious practices. Representation pic
New Delhi: The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) and a number of other prominent Muslim organisations on Thursday rejected the Law Commission’s questionnaire on the Uniform Civil Code, calling it “misleading.”
The Law Commission had on October 7 sought feedback from public on whether the practice of triple talaq be abolished and whether a Uniform Civil Code should be optional.
‘Muslims will boycott this’
Calling the questionnaire “misleading and divisive”, AIMPLB General Secretary Maulana Wali Rahmani said Muslims would not respond to it. “We will boycott this questionnaire. No Muslim will respond to it because it is misleading and deceitful. The Uniform Civil Code is divisive and will lead to social unrest,” he said. “The uniform code is not suited for this nation. There are so many cultures in India and they have to be respected. A uniform code is against the spirit of the Constitution, which safeguards the right of citizens to practise their culture and religion,” he said.
Questioning the timing of the move, Rahmani said the Narendra Modi-government had deliberately thrown up this issue now to “hide its failures in the last two-and-half years.”
Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind President Maulana Arshad Madani said: “We don’t want the practice of triple talaq to be abolished. There are more divorces in other communities. Rather the highest rate, which is double that of Muslims, is amongst Hindus.”
Veerappa Moily, Congress
‘In a country of this nature, implementation of Uniform Civil Code is next to impossible.’
Asaduddin Owaisi, AIMIM
‘If you enforce something in the name of Uniform Civil Code, then it will kill the diversity and plurality of the country. It’s not right to look at it from a Muslim perspective, because Indian diversity also comprises Dalits and tribals. There are different traditions in Hinduism as well.’
Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena
‘For how long will the Muslims stay away from the national mainstream? The Muslim Law Board should support the UCC as it will help the community, especially the women to come out of misery…it should be viewed as a national issue rather than a religious one.’
Aasma Zehra, All India Muslim Personal Law Board
‘There is no need for any reform in the law. Triple talaq is not an issue and the government’s move to impose UCC intends to snatch our religious freedom guaranteed in the Indian Constitution.’
Board questions commission’s motive
>> In a statement issued later, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board alleged that the Law Commission’s decision to seek public feedback on UCC was a “calculated” move aimed at disrupting communal harmony.
>> It alleged that the questionnaire highlighted the “ulterior” intentions of the Commission and an attempt was being made to nullify the Muslim Personal Law.
>> It also termed the questionnaire as “vague and confusing” and one giving an impression that personal laws are responsible for social inequalities and gender disparities and have “nullified” the rights of women.