Muslim women will be able to enjoy fundamental right: BMMA.
Mumbai: Activists, celebrities, politicians and Muslim clerics have welcomed the decision of the five-judge bench of the Supreme Court to strike down triple talaq. The bench held that such a practice was not only unconstitutional but also un-Islamic.
Activists from Mumbai, who have been actively participating in the campaign to get rid of triple talaq, said the verdict is a major victory not only for Muslim women but also shows the correct interpretation of the ways of Islam.
However, clerics have warned that any legislation that will infringe on established marriage and divorce laws as per Sharia law would be opposed by Muslims.
No sooner had the news of the SC decision become known than Muslim women gathered at the office of Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA) that has been leading the agitation against triple talaq. Noorjehan Niaz who led the campaign on behalf of the BMMA said, “Now, Muslim women will be able to enjoy their fundamental rights and have a codified law that will guarantee them their fundamental rights. Just like the Hindu personal law that has legal backing, the law for Muslims should have the same.”
Bollywood actor Shabana Azmi took to Twitter to congratulate the women who struggled to get their rights.
“I welcome the Supreme Court judgement on instant Triple Talaq. It’s a victory 4 brave Muslim women who hve waged battle against it for years,” Ms Azmi wrote in her post.
Maulana Mustaqeem Azmi, president of the Jamiat-ul-Ulema Hind, Maharashtra said, “What I have understood from the verdict is that the SC judges felt that there should be a law to curb instant talaq. If that is the case then it is in line with the Holy Quran and Prophet Mohammad’s view on it. While the prophet was angry with persons who resorted to instant talaq, the Quran has enumerated the ways in which talaq should be given. The SC order is aimed at curbing talaq-e-biddat that has become a norm and it is a welcome move.”
Saeed Noori of Raza Academy also welcomed the move but warned that if the government tried to frame laws that were in violation of the Islamic sharia then it would be opposed by Muslims.