Reacting to the Allahabad High Court’s observation on triple talaq that this practice among Muslims is unconstitutional and violates the rights of women, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) member Kamal Faruqi said that ‘it is just an observation by the court, not the decision.’
Faruqui said, “Constitution gives me right to follow my religion. It’s observation by court, not decision.” He also said, “Islam is one of most progressive religions about women’s rights. Talaq is part of Sharia law, no interference should be there.” The High Court also said that no personal law board is above the Constitution.
Pointing out that one has constitutional rights to appeal against any verdict if he/she is not satisfied, AIMPLB’s Khalid Rasheed Firangi Mahali said, “Respect HC’s verdict but we’ve constitutional right to appeal against the verdict if not satisfied.”
Firangi Mahali also said, “AIMPLB’s legal committee will study the verdict and observation and then it will file its appeal against the said verdict.” He said, “I don’t think it’s unconstitutional. If few people misuse law, you take action against them and not remove the law.”
The AIMPLB in November decided to form a women’s wing to discuss the issues of talaq, among several others. It passed a resolution in favour of triple talaq. The resolution passed at the AIMPLB’s three-day convention stated that the government was infringing into the personal laws of Muslims.
It had also decided to launch an all-India Muslim women helpline, a toll free call centre in Urdu, English and eight regional languages to counsel and guide Muslim women on family disputes to go to the Darul-Qaza.