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More than 100 activists take on AIMPLB ‘s affidavit on triple talaq

Statement against All India Muslim Personal Law Board’s affidavit claiming triple talaq is Islamic
We, as part of women’s movement and practising feminists working with Muslim community and the women of the community for years in India, take the liberty to write this statement condemning the recent affidavit posed by All India Muslim Personal Law Board.
The facts of this affidavit are,- first, abolition of triple talaq is (un)Quaranic; second, since women lack decision making abilities, it is only men of the community who should have this right; third, polygamy is Islamic though not promoted and this practice ensures marital rights for Muslim women, banning of which will tantamount to promiscuous sexual practices or murder of women in hands of their husbands; fourth, the honorable Supreme Court of India has no right to intervene in the religious law of the community. The occasion of this statement issued by the organization is the growing numbers of Muslim women’s petitions challenging the constitutionality of triple talaq in the apex court.
We strongly condemn this statement based on all the four premises issued by the organization. First, whether the practice of unilateral triple talaq is validated by religion or not is not our contention, rather it is gender discriminatory and epitomises patriarchal values and therefore must be abolished should be emphasized.
Second, the belief that women lack decision making qualities dilutes the citizenship rights of Muslim women in India who have been exercising their electoral rights for more than sixty years now.
Third, polygamy ensures marital rights for Muslim women and prevents death threats; and its erasure will increase promiscuous sexuality is not only conservative but also challenges the principle of ‘equality’ enshrined by our Indian Constitution for women who are being treated as second class citizens as compared to their male counterparts of the community.
Fourth, that Supreme Court cannot intervene in the personal law eliminates the possibility of Article 14 which promises equal rights to the citizens within Indian territory across religion, race, caste, sex, or place of birth.
It is no surprise that All India Muslim Personal Board has not progressed over the decades and reiterates the same position which reverberates the patriarchal conservative ideas of the community. However, we envision a gender just law for the community where women’s question of social security and rights promised by the Indian Constitution will be practised. We do not believe in progressive or regressive interpretation of religion or codification of Muslim Personal Law for we believe that in every community there are multiple realities of an identity, multiple practices of beliefs and pluralist envisions of family structure.
We therefore, emphasize on acknowledgement of women’s rights which are otherwise controlled in the name of religion, purity or chastity or even in the garb of ‘protecting’ women. This statement is not only an emphatic resistance to the religious organizations like All India Muslim Personal Law Board but also a call to reiterate feminist vision of gender just laws for Muslim women who are also rightfully Indian citizens.
– Hasina Khan, Roshni Rina, Geeta Thatra, Shirin Dalvi
On behalf of Bebaak Collective (Voices of the Fearless)
List of organizations, collectives, groups and individuals supporting the statement.
Organizations supporting
1.      Forum Against Oppression of Women, Mumbai
2.      Awaaz-E-Niswaan, Bombay
3.      Khairun, Sameena, Manda Behen from Parwaaz Sansthan, Ahmedbad , Gujarat
4.      Sahiyar (Stree Sangathan) Team
5.      LABIA- A Queer Feminist LBT Collective
6.      Saheli Women’s Resource Centre, Delhi
7.      Pehchaan, Dedhradu
8.      Muhim, Farrukhabad
9.      Sparrow Mumbai
10.  Humsafar Support System, Lucknow
11.  Zehen Collective- An Intersectional Queer Feminist Collective, Mumbai
12.  Muslim Mahila Manch – Nagpur
13.  Naaz samaj Sevi Sanstha- bundelkhand , Madhya Pardesh
14.  Chattaterrpur mahila jagruti manch – bundelkhand , Madhya Pardesh
15.  Astitwa Muzaffernagar – Uttar Pardesh
16.  Welfare samaj sewi sanstha – Gwalior – MP
 List of scholars, writers, activists, theatre personality and individuals.
            17.  Ayesha Kidwai, Jawaharlal Nehru University
18.  Uma Chakravarti, Historian
19.  Ritu Menon, editor and author of Unequal Citizens: A Study of Muslims Women in India
20.  Zoya Hasan, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi author of Educating Muslim Girls: a comparison of five Indian cities
21.  Mary E John, Centre for Women’s Studies, Delhi
22.  Anjali Monteiro, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
23.  Janaki Nair, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi
24.  Teesta Setalvad, activist, Mumbai
25.  Adv. Madhu Mehra, Partners for Law in Development, Delhi
26.  Masooma Ranalvi, activist campaigning against female genital mutilation
27.  Rahman Abbas, writer, Bombay
28.  Ritu Diwan, Centre for Study of Society and Secularism, Mumbai
29.  Adv. Jaya Sagade, Director, Women’s Study Centre, Pune
30.  Lata Singh, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi
31.  Suneeta Dhar, Jagori, Delhi
32.  Rajarshi Dasgupta, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi
33.  Geeta Seshu, journalist Bombay
34.  Sukla Sen, EKTA (Community for Communal Animity), Mumbai
35.  Ranu Jain, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
36.  Rituparna Borah, Nazariya, Delhi
37.  Anuradha Kapoor, Swayam, Kolkata
38.  Anandhi.S, Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai.
39.  Vahida Nainar
40.  Pushpa Achanta, Bangalore
41.  Monisha Behal, North East Network, Assam, Meghalaya and Nagaland
42.  Hozefa Ujjaini, Janvikas, Ahmadabad
43.  Madhu Bhusan
44.  Gabriele Dietrich, Madurai
45.  Kalyani Menon-Sen, Delhi
46.  Abha Bhaiya, Jagori, Delhi
47.  Thanksky Thekkekara, Ex. Additional Chief Secretary of Maharashtra
48.  Shubhada Deshmukh, Ahmi Amchaya Arogaya saathi – gadhchiroli,Nagpur
49.  Pyoli Swatija, Women against sexual violence and State repression
50.  Purwa Bharadwaj, activist
51.  Razia Patel, activist and writer, Pune
52.  Anwar Rajan, Pragtishil Bhartiya Muslim Andolan
53.  Pouruchisti Wadia, SNEHA , Mumbai
54.  Rohini Hesman, author, Bombay
55.  Adv. Kamayani Bali Mahabal
56.  Brinelle D’souza, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
57.  Nasreen Fazalbhoy
58.  A. Mangai, theatre person, Chennai
59.  Japleen Pasricha, Feminism in India
60.  Vimala Ramachandran
61.  Hussain Indorewala, Mumbai
62.  Saswati Ghosh, Professor, Kolkata
63.  Shakil Ahmad, Swaraj Abhiyan
64.  ShubhRaj Merchanta Chacko
65.  Lena Ghosh
66.  Johanna Lokhade
67.  A.K Dave
68.  Sohini Shoaib
69.  Reema K M
70.  Ansari Najmussaher
71.  Neetika Vishwanath
72.  Nandini Rao
73.  Aswathy Raveendran
74.  Juhi Jain
75.  Riddhima Sharma, FemPsitive
76.  Rubina Jasani
77.  Farrukh Saiyyeda Waris
78.  Gitanjali Joshua
79.  Nazia Akhtar
80.  Trupti Sethi
81.  Salim Saboowala
82.  Rajan Padwal
83.  Payal Agarwal
84.  Kaveri Dadhich
85.  Niti Saxena
86.  Neeraj Malik
87.  Javed Malick
88.  Anisha George, Research Scholar, Tiss, Mumbai
89.  Runu Chakrabarti
90.  Anuradha Pati
91.  Nimisha, Olakh, Vadodara
92.  Shewli Kumar, TISS, Mumbai
93.  Lakshmi Subhramanium
94.  Vaishali Gaikwad
95.  Sana Contractor
96.  Rafia Zaman
97.  Riddhima Sharma, Research Scholar, Jawaharlal Nehru University
98.  Priyanka Sisodiya
99.  Afreen Bano Khan
100.                      Swarnima Bhattacharya
101.                      Tarique Eqbal
102.                      Deepra Dandekar
103.                      Rajesh Umadevi
104.                      Urvija Priyadarshini
105.                      Ranjini Murthy
106.                      Brandt, Zehen, Mumbai
107.                      Pushpa Achanta
108.                      Sandhya Mhatre
109.                      Padma Velaskar
110.                      Prof.Chhaya Dattar
111.                      Adv. Lara Jaisani

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    Any law of any religion which is gender discriminatory should be opposed. The Muslim law board, by upholding unilateral triple talasq’ , has shown it’s regressive stance. This is against Muslim women. So, their fundemental rights of equality must be protected and solidarity should be expressed with their struggles.

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