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Signature campaign launched in Okhla mosques to oppose Uniform Civil Code, triple talaq

The issue of Uniform Civil Code and triple talaq was raised in mosques in Okhla. Residents are being distributed forms, urging them to sign on it to oppose Uniform Civil Code and triple talaq, said residents, adding that in Friday prayer residents were asked to participate in the campaign overwhelmingly so as the message could be send that Muslims are oppose to abolishing of triple talaq.

A few days ago, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), along with several other organisations associated with the Muslim community, had hold a press conference, opposing the Law Commission’s questionnaire on the possibility of a Uniform Civil Code (UCC).

“This is all destructive. The government should try to fix this and ensure peace than seeking views on issues like UCC,” said Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind president Maulana Arshad Madani.

AIMPLB general secretary Wali Rehmani said: “People of different cultures stay in this country, if the UCC is implemented, attempts will be made to paint all in one colour, which is not in the interest of the country. Also, we don’t want the practice of triple talaq to be abolished. There are more divorces in other communities. Rather the highest rate, which is double that of Muslims, is among Hindus.”

“The government is trying to divert attention of people from its failure. We hope it withdraws the move. If it doesn’t, we will decide on our future course of action. At present, we are trying to create awareness among Muslims in the country,” added Rahmani.

Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu said: “You (All India Muslim Personal Law Board) join the debate. Let there be enlightened debate you put forth your point of view. Let a consensus be evolved…”

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