LUCKNOW: An executive member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) on Saturday claimed that triple talaq was not an issue for Muslim women and that it was being raked up just to defame Islam.
Addressing an all-Muslim women conference in Lucknow, Dr Asma Zehra said, “Islam has given equal rights to women and men. Muslims are happy with their personal laws.”
Commenting on a section of Muslim women who were raising their voice against triple talaq, Zehra said, “Such women are not aware of personal laws of Muslims and they have nothing to do with Islam. These disgruntled elements are defaming Islam.”
She said rather than raking up this issue, people should talk about the evils of female foeticide. Terming the surveys in favour of abolishing triple talaq dubious, Zehra said, “Divorce is a problem in big cities and metros and is prominent among younger generation. This is not the case in small towns.”
Zehra also spoke of atrocities on women of other religions, without naming their faith. “Women belonging to other religions are being burnt and subjected to humiliation just for dowry, but this does not happen in the Muslim community. In Islam, women have equal rights just like men,” she added.
On the controversy about triple talaq messages being sent by WhatsApp and SMSes, Zehra said, “At least the woman has a proof in the form of WhatsApp message or an SMS that she has been divorced. This proof will help her in charting out a new course in life. But in other religions, women are just being abandoned by their husbands. For such women, there is no help forthcoming.”
On the question of triple talaq being abolished in some Islamic countries, including Pakistan and Bangladesh, Zehra said, “We are not concerned about what is happening in other countries. India is a secular and democratic country and the constitution grants equal freedom to all the religions.” She said that Muslim women would not tolerate any change in Muslim personal laws.
Maulana Khalid Rasheed Farangi Mahli, the Imam of Eidgah, said, “Triple talaq in one go is justified in Islam.”