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Following Shariah laws Muslims’ constitutional right: AIMPLB

IANS | New Delhi |

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) on Thursday told the Law Commission that majority of Muslims do not want any interference in Shariah laws and that the constitution gives them right to follow Shariah laws.

The Muslim body also submitted to the Law Commission copies of 4.8 crore signatures, including those of women, and a hard disk containing all information about the signatories, who do not want government's interference in Shariah matters.

"A delegation of AIMPLB led by the its General Secretary Maulana Wali Rahmani met the Law Commission of India Chairman Justice Balbir Singh Chauhan and handed him over the scanned copies of crores of signatures favouring Shariah laws and opposing implementation of Uniform Civil Code," AIMPLB member Kamal Farooqui said in a statement.

"The Constitution of India gives freedom of religion and keeping this in mind the delegation of AIMPLB also made it clear that the Muslims do not want any kind of change in the Shariah laws like 'nikaah' (marriage), 'talaq' (divirce) etc., and they want to stick to the Shariah laws in any case," Farooqui said.

He said that the Board does not want the government to interfere in any Shariah or religious matter.

"A total of 48,347,596 of signatures were received from across the country covering almost every state of the country, which includes 27,356,934 signatures by Muslim women," he said.

Farooqui said that the delegation also handed over a hard disk to Justice Chauhan containing all information about the signatories.