Exclusive Interview with : Zakiya Soman, Co-Founder of Bhartiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA)
Updated on: 29 Jun 2016
Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan has filed a new plea saying it is not calling for a uniform civil code but wants triple talaq declared un-Islamic.
In Shayara Bano's petition on triple talaq, the Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan has filed a new plea saying it is not calling for a uniform civil code but wants triple talaq declared un-Islamic. Zakiya Soman, co-founder of the movement, describes how she is walking fine line between the Muslim right that wants triple talaq to continue and the Hindu right that wants it replaced with a uniform civil code. Excerpts from interviews with her:
You are arguing for being strictly within the parameters of Islamic law. Why?
Muslim women, like most women in India, are believers and want a solution within the Quranic framework. Besides, it is their constitutional right to practise the faith they want to. If they are Muslim, they should remain Muslim and yet be seen as equal as Islam recognises women as equals. All communities have personal laws based on their religious texts, so why should Muslim women be made to feel they need to leave the fold to be seen as equals?
In the Shah Bano case, the argument was that Muslim women needed rescuing from Islamic law itself. How is the current case different?
A lot has changed since 1986. There are a number of Muslim women who have become aware of their rights and are demanding justice. Enlightened Muslims have also been able to reach out to women much more now since 1986.
How have other countries that have outlawed triple talaq managed?