Kolkata : The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) on Saturday decided to oppose tooth and nail the Centre’s move against the triple talaq and the “imposition” of Unform Civil Code in the country.
The decision was taken on the second day of the three-day closed door convention of AIMPLB, to discuss issues ranging from triple talaq, Uniform Civil Code (UCC) to other religious matters of the Muslims. “It has been unanimously decided in the convention that we want triple talaq to stay and we will oppose any move by the government against it. We will also oppose Uniform Civil Code. The triple talaq has been going on for ages and it is part of our religious rights,” TMC MP and chairman of AIMPLB reception committee Sultan Ahmed told PTI.
During their speech, various members of the AIMPLB lauded the initiatives by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for the uplift of Muslims. “Mamata Banerjee has taken a lot of welfare programmes for the development of Muslims. All the departments under the department of Minority Affairs and Madrasah Education are very active and efficient,” Ahmed said while addressing the convention.
The AIMPLB has already launched a signature campaign opposing the move and more than 10 crore Muslim women from across the country have signed supporting the practice of triple talaq. The issue of alleged harassment of Muslim youths was also taken up during the convention. “Our President Maulana Rabey Hasani Nadvi, during his speech, has clearly said that the BJP government at the Centre has taken up an agenda of unnecessarily harassing the Muslims of the country especially the young generation. The government has the tendency to implicate the Muslims as anti-nationals and harass them,” a member of the AIMPLB told PTI on condition of anonymity.
He said the BJP is trying to infringe upon the religious rights of Muslims and it will not be tolerated. “Muslims are part of this great secular, democratic republic India. We will fight against these communal designs of the BJP government”.