MUMBAI: Muslim Satyashodhak Mandal, the body that represents reformist Muslims, has hailed the Supreme Court’s ruling on Triple Talaq. However, while terming the ruling as just a step towards justice, the body has urged the government to bring in a uniform civil code to do away with the injustice to Muslim Women.
“We welcome the verdict. But, this is just a beginning. This doesn’t mean that justice has been done to Muslim Women,” said Prof Shamsuddin Tamboli, president of the Muslim Satyashodhak Mandal founded by late rationalist thinker Hamid Dalvai in 1970.
“We have been demanding doing away with repressive things like verbal talaq, instant talaq and halala for almost about 50 years now. Though today’s verdict is good, the court has not commented on halala or the unilateral nature of that talaq process. It has also not said anything on bringing the process of talaq under the realm of the judicial system and not leave it to religious bodies,” Shamsuddin Tamboli pointed out.
“The need is to do away with loopholes like these and for that we are now planning to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and urge him to bring in a uniform civil code,” said Shamsuddin Tamboli.
“Today’s SC verdict has made three things very clear, that Islam doesn’t have any provision for triple talaq, verbal talaq is not part of religious freedom and it is also not in accordance with the Constitution of India. But, merely doing so won’t be sufficient,” Shamsuddin Tamboli added.
“The Court has asked the government to bring in a legislation. But, that would again be based on the Muslim Personal Law which has several repressive provisions that are unjust and go against the fundamental rights. Hence, the government will have to make amendments to the law to bring in an effective legislation against triple talaq,” Tamboli explained.
“And why the government should just think of Muslim Women. They should take this opportunity to give justice to women of all religion and hence start the process of bringing in the uniform civil code,” Tamboli said.
Meanwhile, the National Federation of Indian Women (NFIW) hailed the SC verdict calling it a crucial step towards women’s equality and justice as enshrined in the Constitution, while expressing disappointment that it didn’t say anything about Muslim women’s right to divorce.
“We demand that the Central government use this opportunity to put an end to the injustice and discrimination involved in all religious personal laws against women and initiate wide range consultations,” NFIW secretary Annie Raja said in a statement released here.