Debating India

Triple Talaq to go out softly

Monday 5 July 2004

in The Times of India, Monday, July 05, 2004.

KANPUR/NEW DELHI: The All India Muslim Personal Law Board, regarded as India’s most authoritative body on Muslim personal law, has taken two significant steps forward. On Sunday, the board decided to launch a time-bound campaign to discourage ’triple talaaq in one sitting’ by asking Muslims all over the country to adopt the Shariat-approved talaaq-e-ehsan (one divorce in one sitting).

In another decision that could affect the lives of millions of Muslim women, the board called for a revision of legal provisions which exclude women from inheriting agricultural property.

Expressing concern over the misuse of ’triple talaaq in one sitting’, a majority of the 41-member board’s executive committee were of the view that the procedure should be discouraged and the model Nikahnama drafted by the board adopted instead.

Briefing mediapersons, the board’s general secretary, Maulana Syed Nizamuddin, said, ’’The executive committee, after reviewing the work done for social reform, has decided to launch an intensive campaign appealing and persuading the community to follow the rules of the Shariat in matters of marriage, termination of marriage by talaaq, rights and obligations of husband and wife and inheritance.’’ The board would take stock of the situation at the general body meeting to be held in Calicut in Kerala in December 2004, he added.

The model Nikahnama suggests that in case of any marital dispute, the contesting parties should either appoint an arbitrator (who may be an elder from either side) or should approach the Darul Quza, who would settle the dispute as per the marriage contract (Nikahnama) and Shariat laws, said Qasim Rasool Ilyas, the Muslim personal law board spokesperson.

Yusuf Hatim Muchala, a board member, was of the opinion that triple talaaq should be used only in emergency cases and extreme circumstances when instant divorce became necessary.

Besides the triple talaaq and model Nikahnama, the board reviewed the report of the Darul Quza committee.

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in The Times of India, Monday, July 05, 2004.

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