Lucknow: Activists of
the Muslim Mahila Andolan from different parts of Uttar Pradesh
converged here Sunday to demand codification of the Muslim
Personal Law, which they say is being "misinterpreted to the
disadvantage of women".
They also demanded an "immediate ban" on the malpractice of
divorce by triple utterance of the word 'Talaaq'.
Prominent among those who addressed the gathering at the Mahila
Natya Kendra here were former Communist Party of India-Marxist
(CPI-M) MP Subhashni Ali, Noor Jehan Safia Niaz and others.
Muslim Mahila Andolan had shot into spotlight a few months ago
when its activists took up the cause of Muslim women fraudulently
divorced by a particular Maulana, who was busy issuing 'talaaq'
certificates for a price in Lucknow. They even went to the extent
of publicly thrashing the Maulana.
"We are in the process of preparing a draft for codification of
personal laws, that were often misinterpreted to the disadvantage
of women," Muslim Mahila Andolan founder Naish Hasan told
"Our meet expressed deep concern over the negative attitude of
certain class of Islamic Maulanas. What we all wish to ask is that
when Islamic personal laws have been codified in most of the
Islamic nations, including Malaysia, Egypt, Turkey, Morocco,
Bangladesh and even Pakistan, then what is the hitch in doing so
"It has come to our notice that often Maulanas cite pre-Islamic
diktats as laws of the 'shariat', which needs to be checked," she
Speakers at the meet unanimously resolved to strongly oppose this
"malpractice" and "misuse" of the 'shariat', which they felt was
distinct from the Muslim Personal Law.