Muslim Personal Law reform: AIMPLB to oppose ban on triple talaq

With the Supreme Court citing triple talaq as unconstitutional in the Shayara Bano case, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) — the body which says it represents India's largest minority — is all set to oppose any move related to the scrapping of triple talaq.

Members of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board. PTI

Members of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board. PTI

The Supreme Court announced its decision while hearing a petition filed by Shayara Bano from Uttarakhand in March, in which she stated that triple talaq violates Articles 14, 15, 21 and 25 of the Constitution, according to The Indian Express.

The Times of India reported that the AIMPLB is already a party to a similar case being heard at the SC and the board will now request the court to be allowed to be a party to the Shayara Bano case too.

According to the Indian Express report, the AIMPLB had, on Saturday, appealed to the NDA government to maintain the stand of “non-interference" in personal law matters while alleging that attempts were being made to “interfere” in Shariat laws through courts.

According to its website, the AIMPLB believes that "..the issue of their Personal Law is not merely a cultural issue or an issue of customary practices for the Muslims rather it is an issue which concerns the safeguarding and conservation of their religion which burdens them with grave responsibilities and they are, as a result, very sensitive about it".

A Centre-appointed committee had called for a ban on the practice of verbal, unilateral, triple talaq and polygamy on 31 March. The committee was set up to review aspects of personal laws relating to marriage, divorce and custody prevalent in religious minorities, including Muslims. There has, however, been no action from the apex court on this call.

Earlier in September 2015, the AIMPLB had said there was no scope of change in the triple talaq system and rejected the suggestion put forward by a few community outfits on building a consensus to make it mandatory that couples wait for three months after deciding to divorce before finalising it.

Though as per Quran and Hadith, "triple talaq" is a crime if once said, the process would be considered complete and cannot be changed, AIMPLB Spokesman Maulana Abdul Raheem Qureshi had told PTI at the time.


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Updated Date: Apr 18, 2016 19:29:13 IST

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