WHEN WILL THE STATE LISTEN TO MUSLIM WOMEN?
NATION WIDE DHARNA TO DEMAND BAN ON ORAL/UNILATERAL DIVORCE
Dr. Engineer, noted Islamic scholar spent his entire life elucidating the rights of Muslim women in Quran. He was our mentor and guide and gave us knowledge and information so that we could strengthen our fight for our rights. Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan [BMMA], as a tribute to him, rededicates itself to demand a ban on oral/unilateral divorce and thus vows to vociferously continue to demand codification of Muslim family law.
Skype, Facebook, sms, email, phone, letter are the various means which Muslim men have begun to use to divorce their wives. Inspite of repeated demands by Muslim women to declare this practice illegal, the state refuses to acknowledge that the problem of oral divorce exists. BMMA has been spearheading the campaign to demand codification of Muslim family law so that unjust and unIslamic practices like oral divorce are not allowed to be abused by Muslim men.
As a tribute to a great Islamic scholar and our guide, on 12th June, BMMA activists in Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Cuttuck, Chennai, Patna, Ranchi, Bangalore, Jaipur and Kolkata will stage dharna and carry out rallies to demand a complete ban on oral divorce. Submissions will be sent to National and State Minorities Commission, National and State Human Rights Commission, National Law Commission, members of the NAC, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and other government authorities.
In Mumbai a dharna is being held to demand a ban on oral divorce
BMMA has also been in the process of drafting a Quran-complied codified Muslim family law to end the arbitrariness in decisions pertaining to matters of divorce, polygamy, mehr, maintenance, custody of children and so on. Hindus, Christians, Parsis in India have their own personal laws ratified by the Parliament. The Muslims have only the Dissolution of Muslim Marriage Act of 1939 fand Muslim Women’s Protection Act, 1986. The Shariat Application Act of 1937 consists nothing by way of a codified law. The judicial decisions are thus based on explanations given by various legal figures like Mulla and Tyabji. Outside the formal legal system, the qazi and ulemas are free to pass judgments and fatwas which clearly violate the Quranic and Constitutional values. If the community has a codified law then all will be guided by this law and not by their whims and fancies.
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