Change in triple talaq law will lead to killing of Muslim women, AIMPLB
In the affidavit the board has claimed that the Muslim personal laws in case of divorce are aimed at protecting Muslim women. It has been given the affidavit in response to the court notices in this regard to concerned bodies including the Central government
New Delhi: The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has given a strange logic for opposing triple talaq that the crime against women will shoot up abnormally if the Supreme Court makes any change in the law in this regard.
In an affidavit to the apex court given on Friday, the board said “men will take the extreme step of killing their wives if triple talaq is banned or if there is any amendment in the law favouring it".
“They can even burn them or do something as heinous if this law is not allowed to continue in the present form”, the board reasoned, giving a shock to unorthodox Muslim women and liberal women in some other communities.
The Muslim personal laws are sacrosanct and any interference in the name of reform will go against the personal laws of the community and the Shariyat which is its guide in several matters including divorce.
Another logic the board gave in its support is that the change will entail a heavy burden on married Muslim men seeking divorce through court as they will have to meet the court expenses which are prohibitive. Those who cannot afford to meet them may adopt the criminal route to settle the issue.
The personal laws of the community are based mainly on its holy book Koran. The board further argued that it is wrong to say that the laws in this connection have a gender bias and favour men. Muslim women have been given equal rights.
It has doled out figures at the end to suggest that polygamy percentage is higher in non-Muslim communities. For instance, about ten per cent Hindus have more than one wife. The percentage is much higher—15 per cent-- in the case of Adivasis. In comparison to them, polygamy percentage is much lower in the Muslim community—5.8.
In the affidavit the board has claimed that the Muslim personal laws in case of divorce are aimed at protecting Muslim women. It has been given the affidavit in response to the court notices in this regard to concerned bodies including the Central government.