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Muslim clergy decries debate on divorce, civil code

Press Trust of India Mumbai | Updated on January 16, 2018

Scholars and clergymen from different Muslim sects, under the banner of All India Muslim Majlise-e-Mushawarat, on Monday registered their protest against the Law Commission’s consultation on triple talaq and the Uniform Civil Code (UCC).

Recently, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), while announcing the decision to boycott the Law Commission’s consultation, had criticised the Narendra Modi government for allegedly trying to divert attention from its “failures” by raising the issue of UCC.

“Any interference in Muslim Personal Law will not be tolerated. Any efforts to impose a Common Civil Code in the name of social reform and gender justice will prove counter-productive,” they said in a joint statement here.

“The government should respect this position of Muslims instead of conspiring to put an end to it. The government cannot force Muslims to follow other communities in issues related to personal laws as it would amount to an infringement of their fundamental rights.

“Those clamouring against triple talaq and demanding a ban on polygamy are a minuscule minority and are not representative of the Indian Muslim community,” said Maulana Sayed Mohamed Khalid Ashraf, who chaired the meeting.

Published on October 17, 2016

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