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Codified Muslim law essential to provide constitutional right: Triple talaq petitioner
Saturday October 8, 2016 4:50 PM, ANI

New Delhi: Welcoming the Centre's move advocating a ban on triple talaq and polygamy, the petitioner of the triple talaq case, Noor Jahan Safia on Saturday said there is a need to codify Muslim law to provide the constitutional right of equality and justice to all.

"We appreciate the stand the Centre has taken. We have always been demanding that the Muslim family law need to be codified so that the value of the Quran, and the Constitutional Right of Equality and Justice are able to become part of the Muslim family law," Jahan told ANI.

She said that there is a need to codified Muslim family law like it has been codified in different religions, so that practices like triple talaq, halala, polygamy could be abolished and women would be given justice.

Meanwhile, Muslim activist, Hina Zaheer condemned Congress leader Manish Tewari's statement on triple talaq saying what is the need of law if one has to bring reforms from within.

"If the reform is to be done from inside then what is the need of constitution, law or court of conduct? To bring these changes, some forces are needed, people can't change themselves. If he can bring changes in himself than why would he make a mistake at the first place?" she asked.

Tewari's tweet Saturday stirred controversy, where he said, "Regressive marital practices discriminating against women must go by internal reform/judicial diktat there is no case for #uniformcivilcode!"

The Centre on Friday filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court questioning validity of triple talaq and polygamy.

According to the affidavit, the Centre said that there is no reason women in India should be denied their constitutional rights.

"Validity of Triple Talaq and polygamy have to be seen in light of gender justice, equality and dignity of women," stated the Centre in its affidavit.

The Government also said that polygamy and triple talaq do not adhere to constitutional values and, therefore, cannot be accepted.

The Muslim law board had earlier claimed that triple talaq is a 'personal law', and hence, cannot be modified by the Centre.

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