Calling the Law Commission’s questionnaire, released on October 7, to measure public opinion on triple talaq and anti-women practices, including the UCC, as a part of diversionary tactics of the Centre, the AIMPLB on October 13 stated that it will boycott it.
Attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said it seems the Centre was trying to hide its failures behind the front of UCC.
The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) also stated the law commission, which released the 15 questions, was acting not independently, but at the behest of the Centre, which had opposed triple talaq tooth and nail in Supreme Court.
It also stated that the uniform civil code (UCC), which violates the very tenets of the Constitution, was not good for India. There are several cultures here; each one has to be respected. The Centre just cannot impose a single ideology, said AIMPLB chief Hazrat Maulana Wali Rahmani, as per media reports.
The commission had asked whether triple talaq should be abolished, retained only as a customs sans legal sanctity, or amended. Adding quickly, Rahmani said triple talaq was a personal law and hence cannot be modified.
It may be noted the Centre took a stand for the first time against a personal custom that women’s groups say was discriminatory.
As per the Census, the board members said Hindus practiced polygamy more than Muslims. Cases of divorce too were more among them.
He and other board officials said they feel Muslims are discriminated. Though Muslims took part in the freedom struggle, their participation is always underrated.