The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) on Sunday declared a “social boycott” of those Muslims misusing triple talaq. It also issued a code of conduct (instructions for talaq) for all community members to follow while awarding talaq.
The AIMPLB came out with this solution after two days of hectic deliberations. The deliberations were carried out by its Executive Committee at Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulama, popularly known as Nadwa College, in Lucknow.
“We have a right under the Constitution to practise our personal laws and the Board will not tolerate any interference from any quarter,” reiterated Maulana Mohammed Wali Rehmani, AIMPLB General Secretary. He added that for many years now, the Board has been taking strong efforts to discourage and check the misuse of triple talaq.
Board Secretary and Legal Advisor Jafrayab Jilani said that the AIMPLB has decided to help Muslim women who are victims of misuse of triple talaq and increase their representation in the Board to give them the opportunity to raise their issues. “We appeal to members of the community to give their wards higher education and ensure property rights to female members along with mehar at the time of nikah (marriage),” he said, adding that the Board will use social media to educate community members.
The Board’s Muslim Wing Head Dr Asma Zehra said that contrary to some media reports, Muslim women have full faith in Muslim personal laws, especially triple talaq. “Over 5 crore Muslims, including women, have signed a signature campaign to repose their faith in their personal laws. Muslim women are happy with their divorce laws but the media is hyping up the issue,” she said.
She added that the Board’s women’s wing has issued a toll-free number through which Muslim women can seek help and get counselling on any issue. “The helpline is in six languages and is getting good response from across the country.”