Muslim Board moves law panel against changes in Sharia laws

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Amid the ongoing debate on the issue of Triple Talaq and Uniform Civil Code, a delegation of the Muslim Personal Law board led by general secretary Maulana Mohammed Wali Rahmani met the chairman of the Law Commission of India Justice Balbir Singh on Thursday and handed over scanned copies of signatures from Muslims across the country favouring Sharia laws under Muslim Personal Law. The delegation also opposed the implementation of Uniform Civil Code in the country.

“The Constitution of India gives freedom of religion and keeping this in mind, the delegation made it clear that Muslims do not want any change in Sharia laws like Nikah, Halala and Talaq," Wali Rahmani of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board told The Statesman.

"We want the government not to interfere in any religious and Sharia matters,” he added.

The Board said it had submitted a total of 48,347,596 signatures collected from all states in India, including signatures of 27,356,934 of Muslim women.

Triple Talaq and Uniform Civil Code were an important agenda in the BJP manifesto for the recently held Uttar Pradesh elections. It was also reported in media that Muslim women voted for BJP as the party took a position on Triple Talaq.

However, talking to The Statesman earlier, Asaduddin Owaisi rubbished the claims that Muslim women voted for the BJP. He said, “There is no data to support this claim, it’s again propaganda of the saffron party to divide the Muslim community.

“If BJP is concerned about Muslim women, why didn’t it give tickets to Muslim women in the UP elections?” he asked. 

A five-judge bench of the Supreme Court is set to begin hearings on the constitutional validity of Triple Talaq next month.

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