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Do not interfere in Muslim laws: Abu Azmi


Muzaffarnagar: A security jawan keeps vigil as Muslim voters wait to cast votes during the first phase of UP Assembly polls in Mzaffarnagar on Saturday. PTI Photo (PTI2_11_2017_000239B)

So much hue and cry on triple talaq is uncalled for. Any interference in our Muslim Personal Law is strictly not acceptable, tweets the SP leader.

Mumbai : While the Muslim Women organisations are fighting against practice of ‘triple talaq,’ the Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Abu Asim Azmi has threatened non-Muslims not interfere in the matters of Muslim Personal Law (MPL) Board.

In a series of tweets, Azmi stated that MPL Board is competent authority to look into it. Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) backed Non-Government Organisation (NGO) had moved a signature campaign against triple talaq which was supported by lakhs of Muslim women.

Abu Azmi has tweeted as ‘so much hue and cry on triple talaq is uncalled for. Any interference in our Muslim Personal Law is strictly not acceptable. Let this be clear.’ He further tweeted, ‘Also let us not forgot we have Muslim Personal Law Board which is the competent authority which will look into the issues if any arises.’ He stated that the issue of triple talaq is pending before the Supreme Court which will conduct hearings on it very soon.

The Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi in Mumbai had recently said that a law on the practices of ‘triple talaq’ would be formulated only after the consensus among the stake holders over the issue.

He had said, “The triple talaq is a serious issue. Non-serious players should not destroy the positive, constructive debate happening over the issue. Reforms in the community should start from within the community not from outside.”

In a fresh written submission filed before the Supreme Court, the government has reiterated its earlier stand and said these practices render Muslim women “unequal and vulnerable” as compared to men of their community as well as women belonging to other communities.

Meanwhile, RSS affiliated Muslim body Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM) has moved the petition against the practice of triple talaq.

Earlier, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has opposed PILs filed against the triple talaq in the Supreme Court, stating that petition against Muslim Law Board is ‘not maintainable’. The Muslim body has claimed that any order against triple talaq would be an infringement on their right to follow and profess any religion.

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