Women from Muslim community took a pledge before the members of All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) to “reform” themselves but clarified that they will not accept government interference in their religion and beliefs.
We will send memorandums signed by women from our community to the President of India, prime minister, Women Commission and Law Commission and tell them that we are not ‘distressed’, Muslim women, present at a meeting organised by the members of All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) to hear the views of Muslim women in Bhopal said.
Asma Jehra, executive member of AIMPLB, said, “Islam had empowered Muslim women 1,400 years ago,” and added that the media is responsible for the claim that Muslim women are in distress and misery because of triple talaq.
“We don’t want any changes in Shariat. If we have any social problems, we will solve them ourselves. We do not need the help of any government or courts’’.
Jehra asked women to get educated, saying, “We can’t be empowered unless we are educated.’’
Chairman of law board Khalilur-Rahman Sajjad Nomani said, “We respect the decision of the Supreme Court, but we disagree with the way it has been publicised. There are some parts which we don’t agree with.’’
He attacked the right wing saying this government is being run by the RSS and they want to implement Uniform Civil Code. He said there is a design even to disband the Muslim Personal Law Board and urged the Muslim women to follow shariat law.
Nomani told reporters that in the future, he would like to hold a referendum of Muslim women to decide on their views about triple talaq.
Thousands of women from community attended the conference organised at the behest of local Muslim leader Arif Masood.
Jehra told reporters that she started a toll-free helpline for women in seven languages. Claiming that there are hundreds of calls coming in, she said the women who call the helpline are offered counsel in their personal and religious matters.
The women wing of AIMPLB is also running a campaign to create awareness among Muslim women regarding their roles and responsibilities, she said.