A nikahnama with no ‘gender bias’
The All India Muslim Women Personal Law Board (AIMWPLB) on Sunday released a new
in Lucknow to "make Muslim marriages stronger and more secure".
Nikahnama is the marriage document in Muslim weddings.
The Sharai Nikahnama was described as keeping pace with the changed times, without any gender bias.
The new nikahnama sets two conditions. Firstly, there must be photographs of the bride and the groom pasted on it. Secondly, the original copy must be submitted at the Registrar of Marriages office, so that approaching the judiciary is easy in case of any disputes.
The photographs were made mandatory because often, men annul marriage saying the woman he was married to was not the one shown to him before marriage, said Amber.
The Sharai Nikahanama has to be filled in triplicate (three original copies) – a copy for the couple, one for the Qazi and the third for the Registrar of Marriages.
AIMWPLB president Shaaista Amber said: "The new nikahanama lays down the rights and duties of both husband and wife. The other nikahanamas are biased against women. The new document was released by women who were divorced by their husbands pronouncing talaq thrice. In a symbolic gesture, the women handed over the copies to some girls and asked them to wed under the Sharai Nikahanama, so that the marriages cannot be annulled frivolously.