‘Would accept SC’s decision on Babri Masjid’
Lucknow: Striking a defiant posture on the contentious issue of triple talaq, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) asserted that it had the “constitu- tional” right to implement Muslim personal law.
On the Babri Masjid issue, AIMPLB General Secretary Maul- ana Wali Rehmani said the board would accept the Supreme Court’s decision on the matter while stressing that “no outside settle-ment was acceptable”.
On the talaq issue, he said that the board has decided to issue a code of conduct and warned that those who give talaq (divorce) without ‘Sharia’ (Islamic law) rea- sons will face social boycott.
“A code of conduct for talaq is being issued. With its help, the real picture of Shariyat directives will be brought out on the talaq is- sue. If talaq is given without Shar- iat reasons, those involved will be socially boycotted,” Rehmani told reporters here.
The board is issuing appeals to all maulanas and imams of mosques to read out the code of conduct during Friday ‘namaz’ and emphasise on its implementa- tion, he said.
The Board has made it clear that it will not tolerate any inter- ference in the Shariat laws, and claimed that majority of the Mus- lims in the country do not want any change in their personal law.
Rehmani had earlier said that in the recent signature campaign initiated by the AIMPLB across the country, both men and women have said that the Constitution of India guarantees them the provi- sion to practice their own reli- gion.
He had also urged that no road- blocks should be put in the imple- mentation of the personal laws.
The Union government had on October 7 last year opposed in the Supreme Court the practice of tri- ple talaq, ‘nikah halala’ and polyg- amy among Muslims and favoured a relook on grounds like gender equality and secularism.
The Ministry of Law and Jus- tice, in its affidavit, had referred to constitutional principles like gender equality, secularism, in- ternational covenants, religious practices and marital law preva- lent in various Islamic countries to advocate that the practice of tri- ple talaq and polygamy needed to be adjudicated upon afresh by the apex court.