The Supreme Court is hearing a batch of petitions challenging Section 377 while also reviewing its earlier verdict banning the IPC section.
Former Vice President Hamid Ansari on Thursday backed the proposal of opening Sharia courts in the country and said that “each community has a right to practice its own personal law”.
On March 7, a day after spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar pitched for an out- of-court settlement of the Ayodhya issue (March 6), the AIMPLB had said that only a court order on the matter was acceptable to it.
The complainant has alleged that Nomani in his February 9 speech in the general council meeting of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) in Hyderabad had deliberately hurt religious feelings, police said.
There are several provisions in the bill which, if it becomes an Act, will create and enhance problems for Muslim women, said AIMPLB secretary Umrain Mahfooz.
“Those so-called Muslims, who have the mindset of hardliners, are a threat to this country. Significant decisions regarding Muslims in India are being taken by terrorist organisations in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia,” said Wasim Rizvi, chairman of Uttar Pradesh Shia Central Waqf Board.
Rizvi told The Indian Express, “When their own member Nadwi is saying AIMPLB has been captured by hardliners, what more should be said?” He said: “I will write to the PM for a ban on AIMPLB”.
Nadwi was expelled during AIMPLB’s three-day meet in Hyderabad that concluded on Sunday.
Senior Muslim cleric Maulana Salman Nadwi stayed away from the Board’s meeting on Saturday, but said that he will continue his own efforts alongside Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.
“The subsidy was not given to those going on Haj but it was for Air India that is running in losses. It was an eyewash. Muslims were cheated in the name of the subsidy,” AIMPLB General Secretary Maulana Wali Rahmani said.
“The BJP is ignoring shortcomings in the bill which will make the issue of divorce more complex. We condemn the BJP in the strongest of words over its stance in this regard,” AIMPLB said
The controversial Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill was adopted in Parliament days ago.
The campaign will also involve organising meetings of Muslim men and women across the country, after which resolutions will be passed and copies sent to the President, Prime Minister, judges, law commission and women’s commission to assert the community’s right to follow its personal laws.
In case of a relationship breaking down irreconcilably, it reiterates three methods of divorce it sees as Islamic and adviseable.
In affidavit to Supreme Court, AIMPLB issued new guidelines for couples