The Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA) has started a campaign to seek abolishing of triple talaq in India. Having collected 50,000 signatures so far in support of the demand, the organisation has also approached the National Commission for Women (NCW) urging it to back the campaign.
“A national signature campaign is underway in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, MP, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Odisha, West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Kerala, UP etc. So far, 50,000 signatures have been collected where women and men have endorsed abolition of triple talaq. Many more signatures would be collected in the coming days,” said BMMA convenor Noorjehan Safia Niaz.
“Muslim women are entitled to their Constitutional rights and any practice or law that is violative of the Constitutional principles of justice and equality must be abolished. Just as with other communities Muslim women want to reform the personal law in practice currently and bring it on par with the Constitutional and Quranic principles of gender justice,” stated the BMMA letter to NCW chief Dr Lalitha Kumaramangalam.
It also said while codification of the entire Muslim personal law was the long-term objective, in the short run a legal ban on the practice of triple talaq would bring relief to lakhs of Muslim women. The BMMA has claimed that the state should ban this practice and also work towards a swift codification of Islamic law.
Conservative clerics have opposed the move saying oral talaq is part of “divine laws”, which cannot be changed. Several Muslim countries such as Iran, Morocco and Jordan have, however, banned oral talaq.
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