Updated: October 24, 2016 5:41:51 pm
The All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) supported the demand of Muslim women for the abolition of the instant arbitrary triple talaq on Friday in a statement issued by AIDWA president Malini Bhattacharya. The statement says AIDWA strongly disapproves of the retrograde position taken by the All India Muslim Personal Law Board in this regard in its petition to the Supreme Court, and that the Board’s position has nothing to do with religious beliefs as most Muslim countries do not have this obnoxious practice of instant and arbitrary divorce.
AIDWA condemned the efforts of the Modi Government through statements by ministers to bring in the issue of a Uniform Civil Code. They said the questionnaire issued by the Law Commission on Uniform Civil Code just at this point of time that has government backing is a great disservice to reformers within the community who are committed to reform in personal law but are against UCC.
Instead of sermonising and communalising issues concerning women’s rights, the government should urgently come up with a law against honour-killing which is being opposed by caste-based khap panchayats, the statement added. It also stated the government is not bringing reforms to ensure that unequal and unjust provisions in Hindu laws are done away with, and laws related to succession in property and land or those related to guardianship of children continue to discriminate against women. Women in India still do not have a right in marital property, said the statement.
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