Several women from the Muslim community reacted sharply on All India Muslim Personal Law Board’s (AIMPLB’s) decision to boycott the Law Commission’s questionnaire on triple talaq and polygamy, with some women also came out speaking against discriminatory laws in the Shariat.
While condemning the AIMPLB for twisting Shariat laws to their advantage, Muslim Mahila Foundation president Nazneen Ansari asked why the Shariat should be taken into account just when there is a debate on Muslim women’s freedom. She also quoted by asking by ‘TOI ‘ as to why these clerics don’t put Shariat laws against those Muslim men who are accused of rapes and other such crimes.
Zakia Soman of Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan suggested for a nation-wide campaign to ensure women’s participation in filling out the questionnaire. Her organisation will get over 50,000 forms filled by Muslim women, she added.
Echoing her thoughts Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan co-founder Noorjehan Safia Niaz accused the AIMPLB of politicising the Law Commission’s questionnaire.
It tried to communalise the issue by saying that he government wants to start internal religious war, she said. Indian Muslim women, who were often regarded as “a minority within a minority”, have often called for socio-economic reforms by seeking accession to employment and education.
On Thursday, AIMPLB and some other Muslim organisations had rejected the Law Commission’s questionnaire on Uniform Civil Code and decided to boycott it.