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Instead of Triple Talaq Law, Muslim Women Should Get Reservation: AIMPLB Member

AIMPLB executive member Khalid Rasheed Farangi Mahali. (File photo)

AIMPLB executive member Khalid Rasheed Farangi Mahali. (File photo)

Maulana Khalid Rasheed Farangi Mahali said that if the government is really serious about improving the life of Muslim women, they should give them reservation in government jobs and educational institutions.

Lucknow: All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) member and cleric Maulana Khalid Rasheed Farangi Mahali said on Saturday that by bringing out a law against triple talaq, the Union government was making an issue out of something that wasn’t an issue.

He said that if the government is really serious about improving the life of Muslim women, they should give them reservation in government jobs and educational institutions.

Speaking exclusively to News18, he said, “The cabinet’s nod to a law against triple is very surprising. When the Supreme Court as termed it has unconstitutional then against whom or what you are making the law?”

“Even after when billions of Muslim women have signed their consent against any law on triple talaq… it’s more like an attack on the religious freedom of Muslim women,” he added.

“If you are really concerned about Muslim women, then government should do something for the women whose husbands are killed in the name of gau raksha, whose children are being hacked to death on false claims of love jihad. It would have been better if the government should have done something concrete to stop such incidents,” he said.

Alleging that government is making an issue out of non-issue, Mahali said, “Also, if the government is really serious about betterment of Muslim women, then government should have given them reservation in educational institutions and government jobs. But making a non-issue into such a big issue is not at all relevant or in favour of Muslim women.”

The draft of the law was prepared by an inter-ministerial group headed by home minister Rajnath Singh. The other members included external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, finance minister Arun Jaitley, law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and his junior minister PP Chaudhary.

The proposed law would only be applicable on instant triple talaq or “talaq-e-biddat”, and it would give power to the victim to approach a magistrate seeking “subsistence allowance” for herself and minor children. The apex court on August 22 had struck down triple talaq, calling the practice unconstitutional and violation of Article 14 of the Constitution, which provides for equality before the law.