Several political leaders, including those of Congress and the BJP, and social activists reacted to the Allahabad High Court’s observation on Thursday that triple talaq is unconstitutional and violates the rights of Muslim women. The court also said no personal law board is above the Constitution. Political parties, including the BJP and Congress, supported the high court’s observation, saying this would give more security and dignity to Muslim women.
Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury said this will secure the lives of the Muslim women and empower them with more rights to their life. “It’s an idea that has come of age; I am happy my Muslim sisters have more security to their lives, dignity to their lives. This should have happened long ago, I am happy that my Muslim sisters will have more rights in life.”
The BJP is also on the same page as Congress. BJP’s Meenakshi Lekhi said, “There is no Sharia law in our country, if there was people’s head/hand would be cut off. The decision will benefit Muslim community. It is a progressive decision (triple talaq) by court, should be welcomed by all regardless of political affiliations.”
Another leader of BJP, R K Singh, said, “It is a progressive move by the court (on triple talaq). Only some orthodox people are objecting to it.”
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said, “The Allahabad HC’s observation on triple talaq is important and should not end up like the Shah Bano case. It’s a very important decision and must be implemented.”
However, All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) founder Kamal Faruqui didn’t support the high court’s observation. “Constitution gives me the right to follow my religion. It’s an observation by court, not decision. Islam is one of the most progressive religions when it comes to women’s rights. Talaq is part of Sharia law, no interference should be there.”
Muslim cleric Khalid Rasheed Firangi Mahali said: “Respect HC’s verdict but we’ve constitutional right to appeal agnst the verdict if not satisfied. AIMPLB’s legal committee will study the verdict and observation and then it’ll file its appeal against the said verdict. I don’t think it’s unconstitutional; if few people misuse law, you take action against them and not remove the law.”
Appreciating the court’s statement, social activist Zakiya Soman said, “I welcome the Allahabad HC’s observation, it”s true that triple talaq is not constitutional and must be abolished.”