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Right of Talaq given in Islam being misused by men: Muslim panel member

Wednesday April 17, 2013 11:23:33 AM, Pervez Bari,

Bhopal: A woman member of All India Muslim Perosnal Law Board (AIMPLB) on Monday said that the Muslim men in India are misusing the right of divorce given to them.


"The right of Talaq given to menfolk in Islam is being misused by men. They lack awareness as how to exercise their right of pronouncing Talaq as ordained in Islam, Dr Asma Zehra said in response to a question while addressing a press conference in Bhopal.


“Adaab-e-Talaq Mardon Ko Nahin Sikhaejate Hain”, she remarked.


In matrimonial discord or disputes Muslims should avoid going to courts. They should approach first family elders to solve their issues to save their marriage or then go to Qazis to settle their cases, she added.


The press conference was organised on the sidelines of a day-long social reform convention held at Indira Priyadarshini College on Monday by the Tehreek Islah-e-Moashra Committee of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, (AIMPLB).


The agenda of the convention was to create awareness among Muslim women for social reform, to solve family disputes, maintenance, divorce and khula issues, inheritance issues, parents rights and duties, eradication of social evils and customs.


While replying to another questioner, she said that Shariah laws stand on moral grounds in India. They exist as personal law in the country wherein there is no freedom to award punishment to those who breach Shariah commandments, she pointed out.


Dr. Asma Zehra said India is facing a number of challenges and two issues stand out as the most important for society. First the protection of rights of women and controlling the crimes against women. Secondly, the impact of western culture, films with nudity and obscenity has degraded the moral values and social fabric of Indian society.

Shesaid that Muslims lag behind in education which is largely responsible for most of the problems faced by the community. If women of the community is educated, things would change as women are the axis of Indian families.

She also said Muslim women could be empowered through education as one woman can reform the whole family. Moreover, this would help her in protection of her rights and controlling crimes against women.

She also said a shift in education in Muslim institutions, especially Madarsas could be seen. Madarsas are going through a lot of reforms and integration of education is taking place. Most of the Madarsas have taken up computer education in a big way.

Dr. Zehra stressed on the need of more interaction between religious heads of different communities.


"It is the duty of Muslims to initiate, discuss and debate social issues with members of other communities so that co-existence of communities become more harmonious. Polarisation in society should be discouraged as it serves the purpose of vested interests", she said.


She said that such conventions are very helpful to uplift and empower women.

Answering a query, she said that one cannot avoid use of technology like internet, mobile phones or television.


"An educated woman could only guide her children on how to use technology in a positive manner. Giving an example she said a knife is generally used to cut vegetables and cakes which is the proper use. However, the same knife can used to harm people if one’s intentions are bad, she explained", she said.

She said that Tehreek Islah-e-Moashra Committee of AIMPLB is conducting special meetings and public programmes across the country to bring changes and reform the society.









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