A section of All-India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) members have apprehended that the recent landmark verdict by Supreme Court banning instant triple talaq may be a precursor to "enforcement" of uniform civil code in the country. The board has accused the government of attacking the Muslim personal laws. The board would be deciding their future course of action on whether or not to challenge the court's verdict through a review petition on the basis of the committee's report.
The executive committee meeting of the AIMPLB in Bhopal.
The Supreme Court on 22 Aug had declared the practice of triple talaq among the Muslims as illegal and unconstitutional, marking the beginning of women empowerment in India and giving equal rights to Muslim women as well.
The executive committee of AIMPLB that met in Bhopal agreed to respect the Supreme Court's view taken by a majority of three judges that set aside triple talaq o Talaq-e-Biddat, AIMPLB member Kamal Faruqui told reporters. Women members of the board also addressed the gathering. "This stand of the present government is contrary to the protection guaranteed by the Constitution of India", he said. "We categorically state that the community can not and shall not tolerate such an attack on the personal law of the Muslim community", said Faruqui. Whoever thought we would be doing so was merely imagining things.
While "respecting the judgment" the working committee chose to constitute a committee to examine the judgment "to see the inconsistency, if any, with Shariat".
Briefing the media about the deliberations, Faruqui read out a press statement saying, "The board has passed a resolution to constitute the committee, which will also advise the method and process for undertaking large scale community reform programmes within the Islamic Sharia (Islah-e-Mashrah)". It had even issued a model nikahnama about two decades ago to facilitate the understanding of the true matrimonial law, said the board.