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Muslim board to launch awareness drive on talaq

Kanpur, July 4
In the backdrop of debate over triple talaq system among Muslims, the community’s Personal Law Board today discussed the sensitive issue and said it would launch a public awareness campaign focussing on social reforms.

After a day-long inconclusive discussion of the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) here, its General Secretary Maulana Nizamuddin said the meeting discussed various social evils prevailing in the Muslim community.

He said the Board would try to create awareness among the community on the issue of divorce and would persuade Muslims to abide by rules provided in the Shariyat. More stress would be given to solve problems through social reforms.

Mr Nizamuddin said cases of divorce in the Muslim community were less than in other communities.

AIMPLB Secretary Abdul Rahim Qureshi said enactment of a law could not ensure social reforms and if there were some deviations from a law, it did not mean the law itself was bad.

He said, “We discussed marriage, termination of marriage, and rights and duties of spouse and inheritance.” Mr Nizamuddin said what was required was the right atmosphere for introducing social reforms.

Replying to a question about draft Nikahnama (marriage contract), Board member Yusuf Hakim Muchala said this had not come up for discussion.

Asked about growing concern over the triple talaq system, he said “everything is under deliberations.”

To a query about lending legal sanctity to Qazi court which deals with family disputes, Mr Muchala said “efforts are on to have more Darul Quza (tribunal dealing with domestic problems) throughout the country which is very much consistent with the prevailing legal culture in the country.

Over 50 delegates from all over the country participated in the deliberations. — PTI
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