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Women speak on Triple Talaq, ask Govt to focus on Muslim education and developmental issues

Is the issue of Triple Talaq and polygamy being blown out of proportion by the current government? Several women leader of the Jamaat-e-Islamic Hind (JeIH) who interacted with the media on Tuesday said so.

JeIH Secretary Atiya Siddiqua said: “These practices have been in Islam since the beginning. Why was there no hue and cry (about it) so far? Why did this happen all of a sudden?

“The fact is that the practice of polygamy among Muslims is too low than other communities and the percentage of divorce is also least among Muslims.”

Moreover, she said the government should not interfere in Muslims’ religious matter as it is its internal matter. Jamaat has been holding awareness programme across India, including Okhla, about Muslim Personal Law issues including marriage, divorce and inheritance. The 15-day awareness event ends on May.

Also, the women pointed out that during their visit to India’s interiors they saw how many Muslim women told them that Triple Talaq was negligible in society and what they wanted most was financial empowerment and quality education lacking in several Muslim-dominated localities.

The Jamaat woman leader pointed out that during their interaction with woman in slum areas in UP women told them about lack of schools in their localities to provide education to their children.

“It (triple talaq) is a non-issue. It is being politicised unnecessarily. The government should take up issues like education and basic facilities… for underprivileged,” she said.

Shaista Rafat, in-charge of JeIH Delhi and Haryana women wing, said Islamic laws were “divine and they are for the good of people. Those who say these practices should be abolished are unaware about the Shariah laws.”

The debate is going on India with the BJP-led Central government pushing for an end of to the practice of triple talaq — verbally divorcing wife by uttering the word “talaq” thrice, a practice that is termed wrong among Shias.

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