Updated: November 21, 2016 4:27:21 am
Member of the women’s wing of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) Asma Zehra on Sunday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s comments against triple talaq and implementation of a uniform civil code had acted as a blessing in disguise for Muslim women.
“About 10 crore women, across the country, through a signature campaign had expressed their support for the Muslim Personal Law and had also said that they knew that the attempt to implement a uniform civil code was a tool to interfere with the Muslim Personal Law which is our constitutional right,” Zehra said. She added that Modi’s attempt had helped lakhs of Muslim women to be aware of the rules of ‘talaq’ and their rights during separation.
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Zehra also said that to educate Muslim women further, there would be several technological interventions in the near future. “A toll free helpline would be made available for Muslim women in distress. Other than English and Urdu, it will be available in eight regional languages and there will be experienced regional counsellors available at the other end. Besides a website is also there to deal with the plight of Muslim women,” she said.
It was found out that the board was also mulling the idea to reach the women at the ground level through smart phones. They were also in talks with agencies to develop an app downloadable on mobile phones to help Muslim women in distress.
Zehra said that India was a secular and a democratic country and that everybody had the right to pursue their own religious rights. “We fully stand in support of the triple talaq among Muslims and oppose the uniform civil code. A misinformation is being spread about triple talaq by the government. It is not true. Divorce rate is least in the Muslim community. The number of abandoned, deserted, and divorced women in other communities are many times larger. The Modi government is trying to attach the Muslim community to create an image that Muslim women were oppressed. This will not be tolerated and we will put up protests against this in a democratic and peaceful manner,” Zehra asserted.
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