The Muslim Personal Law Board said on Thursday that a Law Commission questionnaire, to gauge public opinion on triple talaq and other anti-women practices across religions, is a “fraud”, that it will boycott it and that a uniform civil code is not good for India.
“A uniform civil code is not good for this nation. There’re so many cultures in this nation, (they) have to be respected. India can’t impose a single ideology,” said the Board’s Hazrat Maulana Wali Rahmani at a press briefing today.
The Muslim Law Board has consistently said that triple talaq is a ‘personal law’ and hence cannot be modified by the Centre.
Muslim women have landed in this situation because of personal laws advocated by religious groups such as the All India Muslim Personal Law Board and its female version called Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan. Both of them are training Islamic judges and run parallel Shariah courts in India. Both these organisations must be outlawed. We need one Ubric for all.
In short term, the Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan looks good to Hindu journalists because it is led by Muslim women and also because of its advocacy against triple talaq. However, it is essentially a Shariah-compliant organisation on numerous issues and poses a long-term threat to India’s democratic values by running a parallel legal system in the country.
The Centre has countered the claim of the Muslim Law Board and said, “practices of triple talaq, polygamy and nikah halala cannot be regarded as essential part of religion and hence get no protection under fundamental right to religion.”
Rahmani and other Board officials today also indicated that they feel Muslims are discriminated against.
“Muslims equally participated in India’s freedom struggle, but their participation is always underestimated,” a Board official said.
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