New Delhi: Over 50,000 Muslim men and women have signed a petition spearheaded by Bhartiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA) seeking a ban on triple talaq. The petition has sought the National Commission for Women’s intervention to end this practice and dubbed it as ‘un-Quranic practice’.

BMMA co-founder Zakia Soman provided details of the petition saying that, “So far, 50,000 signatures have been collected where women and men have endorsed abolition of triple talaq, many more signatures will be collected in the coming days. We have written to NCW chairperson Dr Lalitha Kumaramangalam to enlist its support to this long-pending demand of Muslim women”

The petition says, “Muslim women are citizens of India and all constitutional safeguards are applicable to her (sic). The Muslim personal law must be reformed in such a manner that all discriminatory practices are struck down as illegal and Muslim women’s constitutional and Quranic rights are safeguarded” 

Unilateral divorce sometimes given over phone, text message and email has become increasingly frequent, leaving the women to suffer as they do not receive proper care maintenance or alimony. Also the women are left to fend for themselves and their children.

Noorjehan Safia Niaz from BMMA said, “In many cases, the qazis offer themselves as temporary husbands.”

Earlier in the month of March, the Supreme Court ordered the central government to submit a high-level committee report on the plight of Muslim women on the arguments that triple talaq is un-Islamic and is against the spirit of Islam.

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