Hyderabad: The stage is set for the 26th plenary session of All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), a representative organization of Muslims of all schools of thought, and all the organizations of Indian Muslims, in Hyderabad from Friday.
The three-day conference will begin with a Working Committee session on Friday evening at the Salar-e-Millat Auditorium in the Owaisi Hospital complex. It is here that the issue of The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill of 2017, popularly known as the instant triple talaq, will be taken up for discussion.
Addressing the media on Thursday, AIMPLB spokesperson Maulana Syed Khaleel-ur-Rahman Sajjad Noamani, said the Bill had serious flaws and if they were removed, the Board was willing to accept it.
“The Board is not against the Bill but there are lacunae which violate the constitution and fundamental rights”, he said.
The Bill, he said, was surreptitiously sought to ban not only the instant triple talaaq, but also the institution of talaaq itself.
Maulana Noumani said ‘a dangerous law’ was being sought to be passed which violated the constitution, the fundamental rights of citizens and the Women and Child Rights Act.
“No other country in the world has such a law. I feel ashamed of the Bill not only as a Muslim but also as an Indian citizen”, he said.
Asked about the possibility of AIMPLB talking to the government or the Prime Minister, Maulana Nomani said the Board held an emergency meeting and wrote to the Prime Minister seeking an appointment to discuss the matter.
“But such was his attitude that PMO did not give any reply to the letter”.
There was a proposal from some members to amend the Model Nikahnama or the marriage contract and add another column to take a commitment from the groom that he will not give instant or triple Talaq.
The plenary will be held in three sittings on Saturday and Sunday, which will be attended by more than 500 delegates including scholars, intellectuals and representatives of Muslim organizations.
The Board working committee and general body will also discuss the Babri Masjid title issue pending before the Supreme Court and the Babri Masjid demolition case in the Lucknow Court, and based on the reports of the lawyers’ panel, the next course of action will be decided.
On threats from some Hindu organizations to take up the temple construction work at the disputed site, Maulana Noumani described it as clear contempt of court and demanded action against such elements.
The Board will also discuss awareness campaigns among Muslims against social evils and also use of social media like Facebook, Twitter and Telegram for the purpose. A women’s wing has been set up to increase awareness among women about Islamic Laws their rights and its report too will be discussed.
Also present at the meeting were, Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi, who is the Organising Committee president of the Plenary, AIMPLB Secretary Maulana Khaled Saifullah Rahmani, AIMPLB Secretary Maulana Omrain Mahfooz Rahmani and AIMPLB member Maulana Rahimuddin Ansari.