BMMA, AIDWA denounce AIMPLB’s views, demand its apology to all women

From: AIDWA Centre <[email protected]>
Date: 5 September 2016 at 11:24:45 AM IST
To: Maimoona Mollah <[email protected]>, subhashini ali <[email protected]>, Sehba Taban <[email protected]>
Subject: Fwd: Women 's Organization on AIMPLB affidavit
3rd  Sept.2016

PRESS RELEASE

We, members of various women’s organisations and groups that have been working with Muslim women and fighting for their rights as equal citizens in all spheres of life,strongly condemn the patriarchal, inhuman and unjust propositions put up by the AIMPLB to the Supreme Court in their affidavit concerning justification of triple talaq and polygamy. Their stand that ‘men have greater reasoning power compared to women’ smacks of a medieval mindset and prejudice against women. To presume that this would take care of murder of women and illicit relationships is a fallacy and the facts do not bear this out.

Their justification of polygamy and triple talaq contravenes the Constitution and indeed the principles of gender justice in Islam. Triple talaq is unilateral and arbitrary. Nowhere in the Islamic world is triple talaq legal. We, the undersigned, oppose it and demand a ban on it forthwith.

We vehemently denounce the views of AIMPLB and expect that they a) withdraw their affidavit, b) apologise to all women and c) ensure that their statements in the future are not derogatory to women.

Zakia Soman & Noorjehan Niaz, Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA)
Sehba Farooqui & Maimoona Mollah, (All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA)
Annie Raja(National Federation of Women) (NFIW)