Hyderabad: The All India Muslim Personal Law Board on Thursday made it clear that if the Triple Talaq Bill was cleared in the Rajya Sabha in its present form, they would use all legal and democratic options to oppose it because the present draft of the Bill had several ‘flaws and lacunae’.
Addressing a press conference here along with All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen president and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi and AIMPLB general secretary Maulana Khaled Saifullah Rahmani, the board’s spokesperson Maulana Syed Khaleel-ur-Rahman Sajjad Noamani said they were not against the Bill but that they would not accept it in its present form.
“The first time I read the draft Bill, I was ashamed being a citizen of this country and not just of being a Muslim, because the Bill had not only lack of rationality but it was against the constitutional spirit and violated fundamental rights of women,” he said.
Replying to a query whether the board would accept the Bill if the ‘flaws’ were removed, he said his strongest objection to the Bill was that it ‘surreptitiously and cleverly’ sought to ban not only instant triple talaq but also the entire institution of Talaq (divorce system in Islam) itself.
“We will formulate an action plan to tackle the situation that has emerged after the Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha. We will urge all political parties, including TRS and TDP, to oppose this Bill in the Rajya Sabha,” he said.
On the reported proposal for an out-of-court settlement in the Babri Masjid issue, Maulana Sajjad Noamani said they had not received any official or unofficial proposal from any Hindu organisation in this regard.
Board gets Rs 1 cr to bear legal expenses
Several Muslim organisations, traders and businessmen donated more than Rs 1 crore to the All India Muslim Personal Law Board here in Hyderabad to bear legal expenses of court cases, including the Babri Masjid case, and to extend the board’s campaign against social evils in the Muslim society.
According to sources, the reception committee led by MIM president and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi had collected the money from various organisations and individuals. The amount would be handed over to board president Maulana Rabey Hasni Nadvi on Friday before the executive meeting of the board.
MIM legislators, along with the Hyderabad MP, had also announced to donate their one month’s salary to the AIMPLB, as part of which MIM gave more than Rs 16 lakh to the board. About five years ago, MIM had given Rs 51 lakh to the board to tackle the legal expenses for the Babri Masjid case in the Supreme Court.