New Delhi: Observing that a uniform civil code is “not good for India,” the Muslim Personal Law Board said on Thursday that it will boycott the Law Commission questionnaire, sent to the public to gauge public opinion on “triple talaq” and other anti-women practices across religions.
Calling the Law Commission questionnaire as “fraud,” the Muslim Law Board said that the law commission is acting at the behest of the Centre, which last week opposed the practice of triple talaq in the Supreme Court and said it can’t be regarded as an essential part of religion.
“A uniform civil code is not good for this nation. There’re so many cultures in this nation, they have to be respected. India can’t impose a single ideology,” said the Board’s Hazrat Maulana Wali Rahmani at a press briefing.
The Law Commission has sent out a list of 16 questions to gauge public opinion, seeking opinions whether to ban or regulate polygamy, thus ending the practice of Maitri-Karar which is practiced in Gujarat despite being outlawed, whether to abolish triple talaq or retain in it custom with legal sanctity or retain it with amendments, and whether the two-year waiting period for finalisation of divorce among Christians is a problem for women.
The Commission has fixed a 45-day time limit for receiving responses from the general public and stake-holders.
The Muslim Law Board maintained that triple talaq is a ‘personal law’ and so cannot be modified by the Centre.
“We are living in this country with an agreement held by the constitution. The constitution has made us live and practice our religion. In America everyone follows their personal laws and identity, how come our nation doesn’t want to follow their steps in this matter?” Rahmani said.
India Blooms News Service