India: Muslim Women Demand Codification Of Muslim Personal Law
A large number of Muslim women took to the streets in Ahmedabad on Tuesday, demanding codification of Muslim Personal Law.
Ahmedabad, June 12, 2012
The rally was organised in the backdrop of the recent Delhi High Court order allowing a Muslim girl to be married when she turns 15.
Speaking to Mail Today, Zakia Soman, the founder member of Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA), said that the demand for codification of Muslim personal law stems from the unjust treatment being meted out to Muslim women across the country.
"Muslim women all over the country are facing these situations where they are being thrown out of the marriages by their husbands without any compensations, or the husbands are marrying another woman simultaneously, and all is being justified in the name of Islam," Soman said.
"However, Quranic principles ensure complete justice to women and even in Muslim countries such as Tunisia, Morrocco and Iraq, the laws which are based on the tenets of Islam ensure justice to women.
"In India, we have some prevalent customs which are guarded by a patriarchal system and Quranic principles arbitrarily interpreted to suit the same. I see no problem in formulating a proper personal law for the Muslims according to the Quran, which would ensure justice for everyone in the community, including women," Soman added.
"We have already prepared a draft personal Muslim law, which takes care of these concerns," she said, adding that the draft has been prepared on the basis of the experiences and feedback of thousands of Muslim women in the country.
"From a woman's point of view, one has to have a transparent nikahnama and a registered marriage to battle the insecurities," said Noorjahan Diwan, the Gujarat Convenor of BMMA.
"Strictly going by the Quranic principles, there are severe strictures on second marriages, which have been totally diluted in India," she observed, adding that the draft law calls for a total ban on the practice of divorcing the wife through triple talaq and imposes strong restrictions on second marriages.