Triple talaq row: Muslim Personal Law Board says Uniform Civil Code not good for India

13 October 2016, 06:53 PM

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has said that the Uniform Civil Code is not good for a country like India. "There're so many cultures in this nation and all have to be respected," the AIMPB said in a press conference on Thursday.

Excerpts from the press conference by the AIMPLB-

# Uniform Civil Code is not good for this nation. There're so many cultures in this nation, have to be respected.

# In America everyone follows their personal laws and identity, how come our nation doesnot want to follow their steps in this matter?

# We are living in this country with an agreement held by the Constitution. Constitution has made us live & practice our religion.

# Muslims equally participated in India’s freedom struggle, but their participation is always underestimated.

The Law Commission's proposal of implementing a Uniform Civil Code in the country reached a decisive phase as the body asked the citizens of the nations to give their views on ending several religious practices and customs that had been branded anti-women in all three major religions.

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The commission send out a list of 16 questions to gauge public opinion and the direction in which it should proceed, the Commission also asked whether to ban or regulate polygamy?

The question may appear aimed at ending the much criticized practice of a Muslim man permitted to marry up to four women. But the commission adds another question to it to end similar practices such as Maitri-Karar.

The religious and political figures from the Islam fraternity on Sunday night came down heavily against any attempt at introducing a Uniform Civil Code (UCC).

At a well attended public meeting "Against UCC and Protection of Sharia Conference" in Khilwat grounds, organised by the Seerat-un-Nabi Academy, a religious organisation, speakers said that the Muslim community will not accept an imposition of the UCC.

Describing the UCC as a dead issue, he said, "Dr B R Ambedkar was told that Muslims would never accept a common civil code. He [Ambedkar] knew that only a mad man would introduce UCC. He therefore clarified that it is not mandatory."

Those who are enemies of the country will impose a UCC, he claimed.Citing articles of the Constitution, Azmi said, "Nobody can interfere in the religion and religious practices of any person. This is a secular country. What is a secular state? And why is secularism being tarnished?"

Maulana Fazlullah Qadri, prominent Muslim cleric from the Islamic seminary Jamia Nizamia, described oral triple talaq as a "bandooq ki goli" (bullet). He said that divorce is frowned upon in the scriptures.

First Published: Thursday, October 13, 2016 01:14 PM
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