Uttar Pradesh’s first woman qazi Hina Zaheer Naqvi has written to Narendra Modi-led BJP government to intervene on the issue of triple talaq and sought a demand to ban the practice.
Naqvi said oral talaq has been widely misused, adding that it puts a Muslim women’s life at risk as it is promoting more and more divorces.
“I strongly oppose triple talaq. Even Quran, the central religious text of Islam, does not give any instructions encouraging the practice of oral talaq. This is mere misinterpretation of the verses,” she said.
“It is high time when the government takes a strict action and bans this practice right away,” she added.
In a fight to end triple talaq in India, the Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA) has started a campaign and has 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.
“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.
Meanwhile, former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju has also advocated abolishing the practice of ‘triple talaq’.
He tweeted, “Where are all the mullahs? Are they not going to do anything against these heretics?”
— Markandey Katju (@mkatju) June 1, 2016
Katju claimed that the Sharia law has kept the Muslims backward and that civil code is a must.