A Muslim women’s group demanded a complete ban on Sharia courts on Tuesday. They objected to
“their function as a parallel judiciary in the name of mediation, conciliation, speedy and less expensive justice.”
The group called Muslim Women’s Quest for Equality, has submitted an affidavit in the Supreme Court where it has petitioned against the arbitrary triple talaq and has contested that organisations like All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) and Bhartiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA)“should be abolished to save the country and Indian Muslims from the clamp of fundamentalists/ activists having the ideology similar to Hafiz Muhammad Saeed and his organisation Jamat-ud-dawa (JuD).”
The affidavit comes after the AIMPLB defended the practice of triple talaq saying, it’s better to divorce a woman than kill her. “Some people and NGOs are misusing the freedom given by the constitution. They want to keep Muslim education in Muslim extremists’ hands, entirely free from the government control,” the affidavit said.
The AIMPLB, a non-governmental institution that handles Muslim personal law, said that a male is the stronger, dominating and emotionally stable partner and hence the onus of divorcing rests with him. Many women organisations are against the practice of triple talaq where a man can repeat the words talaq thrice to divorce his wife.
The affidavit of Muslim Women’s Quest for Equality filed through advocate Farha Faiz said: “There should be a complete change in madarsas education system and a Muslim university under government supervision is the urgent need to impart religious as well as worldly education to the Muslims.”
The affidavit further targeted the vote-bank politics and accused the clerics for creating a gulf between the country and its Muslims. Accusing Congress governments of dumping people in favour of clerics or fundamentalists, it said they never encouraged Muslims to integrate and said that India needs Uniform Civil Code.