MP: Petition against Justice Katju for advocating uniform civil code

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Nov 11, 2014 15:09 IST

Former chairman of MP State Minority Commission has submitted a letter petition against chairman of Press Council of India, Justice Markandey Katju, for advocating uniform civil code and for his adverse comments on Muslim Personal Law.

Former chairman of MP State Minority Commission, Ibrahim Qureshi has submitted a letter petition at Madhya Pradesh high court seeking restraint on Justice Katju for his comments.

The letter petition states that it is in the larger interest of society for preservation of prevailing peace and tranquility which may be adversely effected if the state acts in accordance with the wishes of Justice Katju.

Justice Katju in an interaction organised by the Indian Women's Press Corps on September 30 had favoured application of uniform civil code and had said that 'Muslim Personal Law is unjust as it treats women as inferior. It is unjust law, it is a barbaric, outdated law because it treats Muslim women as inferior,' quoted the letter petition.

It further said that oral talaq (divorce) permitted only to man. If a Muslim women wants divorce she had to approach a court but a husband can get it by only saying talaq thrice.

Qureshi, the petitioner said, Justice Katju appears to have aired the views in exercise of fundamental right of expression and demanded replacement of Muslim Personal Law, but such a demand cannot be fulfilled by the state as there is another fundamental right of religious freedom in existence which prevents the state to do it.

Qureshi also cited in his letter petition lines from the holy Quran which means that the holy book does not confer any superior right to husband over his wife in the matter of divorce. Husband is under obligation to go through arbitration proceeding to enable him to pronounce divorce.

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