New Delhi: Over 50,000 Muslim men and women signed a petition seeking a ban on the practice of triple talaq. The petition headed by Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA) which has launched a nationwide signature campaign. The drive is under way in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, M.P., Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Odisha, West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Kerala and U.P, and will extend to other States.
The Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA) wrote to the National Commission for Women and sought its support to make the practice that “destroys the life of women” as illegal.
The online petition calls the triple talaq system ‘un-Quranic practice’. Commenting on the ongoing movement, BMMA co-founder Zakia Soma said, over 50K have advocated for abolition of triple talaq system in the Muslim community. She said her organistaion has requested the National Commission for Women (NCW) for support.
As per a recent study by BMMA, 92 per cent of Muslim women are against the practice. Divorces given over phone via text or WhatsApp message, email are on increase which leaves women with little opinion in the matter. Oral divorce along with the practice of ‘nikah halala’ is also bane for Muslim women as they do not receive alimony and are left with nothing in the end for themselves and their children.
Recently, the Supreme Court looked into a peition by Dehradum-based Shayaro Bano demanding abolition of the practice. The Peition read, Muslim women are citizens of India and all constitutional safeguards are applicable to her. The Muslim personal law must be reformed in such a manner that all discriminatory practices are struck down as illegal and Muslim women’s constitutional and Quranic rights are safeguarded.”