07 September 2016

Muslim lawyer says top Islamic law board spreads radicalism, asks Indian Supreme Court to abolish it

An Indian Muslim lawyer – Farha Faiz – has urged the apex court of the country to abolish the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB). Faiz claims that the body only spreads radicalism. The attorney on Tuesday (6 September) said that because of these kinds of organisations "Muslims always face a dilemma whether religion is above the country".

Faiz is fighting against gender inequality and triple talaq (divorce) system among Muslims in India. Triple talaq allows Muslim men to divorce their wives by simply stating their intention three times verbally.

The development comes after the AIMPLB on 2 September claimed that personal laws could not be challenged as that would be a defiance of the fundamental rights assured by the Indian Constitution. It also said that men had more sensibility than women and there was nothing wrong in giving "triple talaq to your wife, in fact it's better than murdering her or burning her alive". [International Business Times] Read more