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Shah Bano?s husband dead

SENIOR ADVOCATE Mohammad Ahmed Khan, husband of late Shah Bano, died here this morning. He was 94. Ms Bano had passed away some years back. Shah Bano?s court battle had created a nationwide social upheaval when she demanded maintenance after she was divorced from her husband.

india Updated: Apr 05, 2006 14:32 IST
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SENIOR ADVOCATE Mohammad Ahmed Khan, husband of late Shah Bano, died here this morning. He was 94. Ms Bano had passed away some years back. Shah Bano’s court battle had created a nationwide social upheaval when she demanded maintenance after she was divorced from her husband. 

A 62-year-old Muslim lady hailing from Indore and a mother of five, she was divorced in 1978. As she had no means to support herself and her children, Ms Bano approached the court in order to secure maintenance.

By the time the case had reached the Supreme Court, seven years had passed. The Apex Court invoked Section 125 of the Criminal Procedure Code and ruled that she should be provided maintenance money, similar to alimony. The orthodox section of the community perceived this as an encroachment on Islamic Personal Law and protested against the judgement.

In 1986, during the premiership of Mr Rajiv Gandhi, the Congress enjoyed absolute majority in Parliament and the Protection of Rights on Divorce Act (for Muslim Women) was passed, nullifying the judgement.

Critics strongly contend that this act was socially unjust especially for a woman with no means of support. They believed it was passed in order to safeguard the entire Muslim vote bank.