AIMPLB to discuss Adyodhya dispute, triple talaq

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Meanwhile on April 10, the Centre told the Apex Court that the practice of triple talaq, "nikah halala", and polygamy violate right to equality and dignity of Muslim women and also that they are not protected by the right to profess, practice and propagate religion under the article 25 (1) of Constitution.

"The matter of Babri mosque is very crucial and discussion will be held whether there can be any way for talks for its settlement", the Maulana said.

Describing triple talaq, "nikah halala" and polygamy as "patriarchal values and traditional notions about the role of women in society", the Centre said these were "an impediment to the goal of achieving social democracy" and contrary to the country's obligations under global treaties and covenants.

The Union government on Monday contended before the Supreme Court the practice of Triple Talaq and polygamy denied the Muslim women full enjoyment of fundamental rights and should be declared as unconstitutional. On the issue of beef consumption, he said in religious books eating beef is not advised and Muslims should not have it.

Seeking to declare these practices as unconstitutional, the government has said reforms in Muslim personal law have not taken place for over six decades in the past and Muslim women, who comprises eight per cent of the population, have remained "extremely vulnerable" due to fear of instant divorce.

The statement comes two days after the Muslim body claimed that it had received 3.50 crore forms from Muslim women around the country, favouring triple talaq and the Shariyat. "It had less to do with religion and more to do with social norms at the time", the submission said.

The Vice President of AIMPLB Kalbe Sadiq has said that the board will end the practice of triple talaq itself in one-and-a-half years so the government should not interfere in the matter.

The paradox, Centre says is that the "Muslim women in India are more vulnerable in their social status because of the prevalence of such practices, even though they live in a secular country" and their position is "weaker than women who live in theocratic societies or countries where Islam is the State religion".

Several Muslim women have challenged the practice of "triple talaq" in which the husband, quite often, pronounces talaq thrice in one go, sometimes over phone or text message. The board is expected to discuss the initiatives taken to tackle the menace of triple talaq, and also the latest submissions by AIMPLB before the Supreme Court on the issue.

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