Angry over stand on triple talaq, Board slams Govt: Uniform code to create discord

Responding to the AIMPLB’s charges, leaders of the BJP maintained that the UCC and triple talaq were disparate issues and should in no way be treated as extensions of one another.

Written by Abantika Ghosh | New Delhi | Updated: October 14, 2016 2:37 pm
triple talaq, triple talaq case, tiple talaq india, triple talaq law, uniform civil code, UCC, uniform civil code India, India news Maulana Wali Rehmani claimed that census data showed there was more polygamy among Hindus than Muslims and more divorces too. (Photo for representational purpose)

Interpreting the Centre’s stand in the Supreme Court against the practice of triple talaq as a “conspiracy” to implement a Uniform Civil Code (UCC), Muslim organisations, led by the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), Thursday slammed the government for “creating discord” between communities, saying the UCC was against the very Constitution of India. Responding to the AIMPLB’s charges, leaders of the BJP maintained that the UCC and triple talaq were disparate issues and should in no way be treated as extensions of one another.

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Maulana Wali Rehmani, general secretary of AIMPLB, told reporters in New Delhi: “The Constitution of India is the binding agreement that India has with every citizen of the country. Article 25 of the Constitution guarantees religious freedom — it is what keeps the country united. It is wrong, inappropriate of the government to try to govern the entire country with one stick.”

“It seems that the Modi government is using UCC as a ruse to divert attention from its failures of the last 30 months. It is a new war the government is waging. Sarhad to sambhal nahin rahi, andarooni jung ki taiyyari kar rahein hain (They cannot protect the borders but are preparing for internal strife),” Rehmani alleged, announcing that Muslim organisations will protest through democratic means across the country.

He said Muslims would boycott the questionnaire issued by the Law Commission on anti-women practices in all religions and the AIMPLB would instead issue its own questionnaire to “reflect the real mood” in the country on personal laws.

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The Law Commission, Rehmani said, was acting as an organ of the government rather than an autonomous institution.

Representatives of different Muslim organisations and institutions, including the Jamiat Ulama i Hind and Darul Uloom Deoband, used the platform to announce countrywide protests against the UCC but refused to answer queries on the issue of triple talaq. The AIMPLB’s position, they said, had already been clarified in an affidavit in the highest court.

Rehmani claimed that census data showed there was more polygamy among Hindus than Muslims and more divorces too. He named a Jharkhand politician to make his case. “The intentions of this government are suspect. They are trying to create strife in the name of unity,” Jamiat Ulama i Hind president Arshad Madani said.

Asked about his opposition to the UCC, perceived as a tool to stop gender discrimination, Rehmani slammed the Prime Minister and went on to cite the example of United States where personal laws for religions were separate. He said this government could may as well take lessons from America.

BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya dismissed the AIMPLB accusations, saying that the Board should instead focus on the divorced Muslim women who have approached the court over triple talaq.

“We do not need any certificate from them but it is wrong to cast personal aspersions, especially when the Prime Minister’s post has its own dignity. The Board should talk to divorced Muslim women who approached the court. The court had asked for the government’s view and it was given. It is the responsibility of the government to protect the rights of all women. There is currently no work on UCC,” Vijayvargiya said.

Another BJP office-bearer said the government stand was taken on the basis of the Constitution and its commitment to gender equality. The Law Commission questionnaire, the office-bearer said, was part of an initiative to collect stakeholder feedback and the findings would be placed in the Supreme Court.

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  1. K
    Oct 13, 2016 at 6:19 pm
    IF a religion allows human sacrifice cannot mean in India people can kill one another legally!
    1. G
      Oct 13, 2016 at 7:28 pm
      Possible gentleman like you could be in decimals. What's the reason these women have approached SC? There must be reason.
      1. P
        Pertama Chaudhry
        Oct 14, 2016 at 6:53 am
        According to the Hindu Marriage Act, a couple can be granted divorce IMMEDIATELY on receipt of peions by the husband and wife. If the husband applies for divorce there is a 6 months cooling period. In Islam, even after triple talaq there is 3 months cooling period and even if the husband says talaq three times, it is counted as one. So there is undue importance being given to triple talaq and it is becoming a part of the BJP government''s pogrom against Muslims.
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          Pertama Chaudhry
          Oct 14, 2016 at 9:03 am
          Isn't it better for couples who are incompatible to get divorced ? Both the husband (through talaq) and wife (through khula) have been given rights in Islam to separate. The 3 months cooling period means the wife or husband can get remarried and restart their lives early compared to the half an year in Hindu law. The husband has to support the wife and children till she gets remarried.
          1. T
            Oct 14, 2016 at 12:57 am
            Hoping Ahmedias, Sufis and shias will come out of intolerant sunnis. They are the ones killed mostly by sunnis and bears the brunt due to sunni extremisim though they are mostly tolerant.
            1. T
              Oct 14, 2016 at 1:04 am
              Mr Javid : Whosoever have money will eat goat or chicken meat and poor ppl will eat beef......
            2. T
              Oct 14, 2016 at 12:12 am
              lt;br/gt;I would be interested in hearing the views of Shabana Azmi, SRK, Aamir Khan, our Vice President and other prominent personalities including award wapasi people. Let us hear what they have to say. The views of Congress, JD(U) etc are tied to votes so their views cannot be trusted.
              1. A
                Oct 15, 2016 at 3:41 am
                However the arrogant so called leaders from the community did nothing to reform various in correct practices such as triple talaq, now objecting to that stating UCC should not be applied is just an excuse. What is stopping you from codifying personal laws in light of changes made in gulf countries?
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