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Women demand solution to triple talaq

lucknow Updated: Jan 17, 2010 21:45 IST
HT Correspondent/M Hasan
HT Correspondent/M Hasan
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The issue of triple talaq is once again haunting the All India Muslim Personal Board (AIMPLB), as the women members of board today demanded thorough discussion on “triple talaq” (talaq in one sitting) for a proper solution to the problem.

Even though the board, an apex body of Muslims, is opposed to triple talaq, it has so far fallen short of banning it. The AIMPLB had come out with a model Nikahnama in 2005 asking the people to desist from Triple Talaq. But it could not yield positive result. The problem has ceaselessly been haunting Sunni Muslims. Among Shia Muslims there is no concept of triple talaq.

Addressing first ever conference of women members before board’s annual conference in March 2010 here on Sunday Rukhsana Lari laid stress on more consideration on the problem of triple talaq.

“We want board to consider the issue again at its annual conference so that its evil effects could be contained”, Rukhsana Lari said. There was demand to open up the board for the protection of women’s right in the country. The board has thus agreed to hold a separate session of around 30 women members during annual conference. The male-dominated board has now been toying with the giving representation to female in the executive committee also.

The AIMPLB secretary Maulana Wali Rahmani, deputed by the leadership to look into the problems of women, said moves were afoot to set up “Darul Qaza (Shariat court) in every district to properly take up family matters. Rukhsana Lari however said that women should also be trained for Shariat court proceedings.

While the board is not ready to appoint woman Qazi (judge) in Shariat court, it has expressed willingness to provide women counselor. Maulana Wali Rahmani said women counselor could be provided to affected party. Rukhsana Lari said while laying stress on women’s responsibilities, her rights should also be protected. There is growing demand for woman’s share in landed property and payment of “mehar” (an fixed amount which husband should pay to his wife).

The board has also expressed concern over some recent court judgments. Maulana Rahmani said, “decisions are being delivered without understanding Shariat law”. He said the board would launch exercise to apprise the judiciary about the Shariat law. He said the board would also distribute some literature about Shariat law on family disputes.