Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA) reiterated the demand for abolition of triple talaq nikah and halala and pledged to continue to fight for eradication of these practices through their petition in the Supreme Court and in partnership with all democratic institutions.
In the official communiqué issued on Monday, the BMMA said We will rope in the support of the muslim community by getting more and more women and men to support abolition of triple talaq in an informed and educated manner. We condemn the attempt to politicize the debate by mixing up of abolition of triple talaq with the move by the Law Commission seeking views from the public on Uniform Civil Code. These are two separate issues and should not be treated as similar. Triple talaq needs to be abolished on an urgent basis even as deliberations on/ opposition to UCC can go on. Triple talaq takes place without any Quranic sanction and causes tremendous hardship and suffering to muslim women whereas UCC is a much larger question concerning all Indian citizens irrespective of faith background.
The Muslim women outfit also condemned the efforts by some patriarchal male bodies to misguide the Muslim community on the issue of triple talaq by showing them fear of the UCC and fear of attack on shariat law and muslim identity. Rather than such unethical fear-mongering we believe that they should exercise their democratic right to voice their opposition to the UCC by informing the Law Commission of India about their reservations/ apprehensions. After all, the Law Commission is only seeking the views of citizens.
The real concern is how do we translate the fundamental principle of gender justice enshrined in the Quran into the lives of ordinary Muslim women. The real concern is to give women protection from triple talaq and halala. We demand an end to both these on an urgent basis. In the long run, we have to codify the muslim personal law with clearly laid down provisions on age of marriage, divorce procedure, mehr amount, no triple talaq, no polygamy, guardianship and custody of children to both parents, womens’ share in property, registration of marriages etc.
Just as other communities – hindu, Christian, parsi – have their own codified laws that regulate matters in marriage and family Muslims too are entitled to it. It is the Constitutional mandate of the parliament and all elected representatives to bring about such a law.