Call for social boycott of inter-faith marriage triggers outrage in Kerala

The call given by a mosque committee at Kondiparamba near Perinthalmanna,  for social boycott of a family for conducting inter-religious marriage has triggered an outrage.

Published: 24th October 2017 02:20 AM  |   Last Updated: 24th October 2017 11:00 AM   |  A+A-

Tiso Thomas and Jaseela

By Express News Service

MALAPPURAM: The call given by a mosque committee at Kondiparamba near Perinthalmanna, for social boycott of a family for conducting inter-religious marriage has triggered an outrage. Political parties and Muslim organisations have deplored the move to communalise inter-faith marriages and cautioned it will create fissures in the society.

A copy of the controversial circular, allegedly issued by the mosque committee, says “the mosque committee has unanimously decided not to cooperate with the family of Kunnummal Yusuf and his family in matters, related to mosque and other affairs.” It says the decision has been taken after Yusuf’s daughter married a youth belonging to another religion. The incident triggered an outrage after the circular was posted on Facebook.

CPM leader and party district secretariat member V Sasikumar termed the circular wrong and inappropriate. “Such moves will only help extremist forces. The circular has been issued at a time when Muslim organisations have issued a call urging people not to communalise inter-religious marriages,” he said.

On Sunday, the conference of Mujahid Girls Movement (MGM), passed a resolution demanding steps to stop communalisation of inter-religious marriages.

Jaseela, 26, daughter of Yusuf and Najma Yusuf, tied the knot with Tiso Thomas on October 20. The marriage was held the under Special Marriages Act. Najma is a member of the CPM’s Manjeri area committee.

IUML district general secretary U A Latheef said the party was not against inter-religious marriages and people should have the freedom to choose their spouses. “We don’t know what happened at Kondipparamba or whether the circular was issued.  The party doesn’t oppose inter-religious marriages,” he said.

Meanwhile, Sunni Mahallu Federation (SMF) state general secretary Umer Faizy Mukkam said the  the circular, if it was issued, was not in accordance with the organisation’s guidelines.

Undertaken by Samastha Kerala Jamiyyathul Ulama, SMF is the upper body of mosques.SDPI district president Jaleel Neelambra said the party does not oppose any right assured by the Constitution.

“If a person wants to choose a partner from another religion, he should be free to do so” he said.

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