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Kerala HC judge faces heat over Muslim personal law remarks

The Kerala Muslim Jamaat called his remarks “irrational”, the largest organisation of Muslim scholars in Kerala.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Published: March 10, 2016 2:51 am
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A Kerala High Court judge has come under severe criticism from Muslim scholars for his remark that women faced discrimination under the Muslim personal law.

While the Kerala Muslim Jamaat called his remarks “irrational”, the largest organisation of Muslim scholars in Kerala, the Samastha Kerala Jamiyathul Ulama, said the judge’s observations were against the Quran.

While addressing a seminar in Kozhikode Sunday, Justice Kamal Pasha had stated: “If a man can have four wives at a time, why can’t a woman have four husbands. In divorce, women should also get equal rights. As per Quran, women are also entitled to say talaq. The discrimination was brought in by religious leaders. None of them stand for real Islamic tenets…”

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Reacting to the remarks, Samastha Kerala Jamiyathul Ulama general secretary K Alikutty Musaliyar said that the move against Muslim personal law and Sharia law was a matter of worry. He called the judge’s remark asking why a Muslim woman can’t have four husbands against the Quran, adding that any move against Muslim personal law and Sharia will be resisted.

Expressing surprise over the judge’s “finding” that Muslim personal law infringed upon a woman’s rights, Musaliyar said that those who live according to Sharia law were also entitled to rights envisaged in Sharia.

Kerala Muslim Jamaat state secretary Prof K M A Rahim said Pasha’s comments were irrational and would send wrong message to society.

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    Abid
    Mar 12, 2016 at 9:48 am
    Judge is fool, because suppose a female marry more than one husband who will be the father of baby???
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      d albert
      Mar 11, 2016 at 4:34 am
      The Quran is wrong.
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        Nilesh
        Mar 10, 2016 at 2:24 am
        Where are feminists, saviours of democracy on this?
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        1. Mohan Kumar
          Mar 9, 2016 at 11:55 pm
          sheer common sense and logical thinking. the judge is none other than a MUSLIM may come to a conclusion that they(?) have neither common sense nor any sense!
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            L Srikanthan
            Mar 10, 2016 at 6:27 am
            Thumps Up Honble Judge you made the difference , you are conveying your views . there are some intolerance people always oppose for tolerance view .
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