Indian Personal Law Board Claims Women Support Sharia Law
Tue, November 1, 2016
Muslim women in India (Photo: © Getty Images)
According to the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), Muslim women in India feel secure under sharia law and do not want a Uniform Civil Code.
This is an interesting claim given the opposition surrounding triple talaq – an Islamic law that allows husbands to divorce their wives by simply saying “I divorce you” three times.
Kamal Faruqui of AIMPLB stated, “It is not the personal law board or the women in it who are against the proposed Uniform Civil Code, but Muslim women in general in the country do not want it. They feel safe and secure under the sharia law.”
But, evidence for the contrary exists in great quantity. For example, currently triple talaq is the subject of a Supreme Court case in India. Several Muslim women’s organizations are seeking a ban on the law on the grounds that the law is discriminatory to women.
Of course, the AIMPLB is trying to fight this measure taken by those who oppose triple talaq and presumably, to some extent, sharia law.
To do this, the board has submitted an affidavit to the Supreme Court stating that though triple talaq is “undesirable” it is “permissible” in Islam.
The board has also started a signature campaign in support of the practice.
AIMPLB executive member, Asma Zehra, made a statement saying Muslim women across India were speaking out to demand that the personal law be protected.
While this may very well be true, it is also true that many Muslim women oppose the practice. And perhaps it could be argued that those who support the practice are suffering from something akin to Stockholm syndrome. Or, they themselves or women they know may not have experienced what other women have when they are victims of triple talaq.
No matter what the specifics are of the situation, what is certainly true is the AIMPLB is trying to spread falsities. They want people to think that the overwhelming majority of Muslim women in India support sharia law in its totality and oppose the Uniform Civil Code.
But this isn’t true. There are women who oppose triple talaq, many women. There are women who have suffered because of this law and who desire laws that will protect them.