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'I Will Not Give Instant Triple Talaq': AIMPLB's New Clause in 'Model Nikahnama'

AIMPLB's move aimed at curbing the practice of the now illegal instant divorce comes at a crucial time when the BJP-led central government is making all efforts to pass the Triple Talaq Bill in Rajya Sabha.

Sakshi Khanna | CNN-News18

Updated:February 6, 2018, 6:30 PM IST
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'I Will Not Give Instant Triple Talaq': AIMPLB's New Clause in 'Model Nikahnama'
A man holds a banner during a rally organised by the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) in support of the Muslim Personal Law against the ban on triple talaq. (REUTERS)

Hyderabad: In a major move, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) is all set to introduce a new clause in its Model Nikahnama or marriage contract, where the groom will have to pledge in writing that he will not give instant divorce to his wife.

The AIMPLB is scheduled to engage in a detailed discussion on Triple Talaq in a three-day long plenary starting February 9 till February 11 in Hyderabad.

The board is expected finalize its roadmap on the protection of Muslim personal laws.

Speaking to CNN-News 18, AIMPLB convener and general secretary, Rahimuddin Ansari said, "The Board has already said that anyone who practices instant triple talaq will face social boycott. Further, to put an end to this practice, we propose to add another clause in the ‘Model Nikahnama’ where the man will pledge not to give instant triple talaq. This amendment will reduce the number of triple talaq cases.”

Asari added, “Also, the community will be more aware of the issue and understand that instant triple talaq is against Islam and the law of the country. The final decision on this will however be taken in the meeting.”

The move aimed to curb the practice of the now illegal instant divorce, comes at a crucial time when the BJP-led central government is making all efforts to pass the Triple Talaq Bill in Rajya Sabha. The proposed Bill criminalizes triple talaq with a jail term of three years.

On February 9, executive members of AIMPLB will attend a meeting to decide on its agenda and on February 10 and 11, full day sessions with over 600 Muslim scholars from across the country will be held to deliberate on the issue.

“The two main agenda of the meetings are to discuss the Triple Talaq Bill and the Babri Masjid case, which is scheduled for hearing in the Supreme Court starting February 8. It’s a very crucial meeting in view of the issues concerning the Muslim community,” Rahimuddin Ansari added.

During the three-day session, the Board will review the action taken by the Parliament on Triple Talaq Bill and take stock of the various cases related to Muslim personal laws that are pending in various courts. The Board will also take stock of the Babri Masjid case and plan its future action. They are also expected to take stock of the expenses being incurred due to the court procedures.

In the February meeting, AIMPLB will also discuss how to make effective use of social media to inform people about its activities and create awareness. The three-day plenary will conclude with a massive public meeting on February 11 at the AIMIM headquarters.

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| Edited by: Sanchari Chatterjee
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