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Muslim Personal Law

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I was delighted to read the objective article 'Reforming Muslim Personal Law' by Anees Ahmed (February 24). I endorse the writer's call for codification of Muslim personal law by a group of eminent theologians, scholars and intellectuals. In absence of defined codification, women are at much disadvantage because half-baked commentaries and local 'fatwas' always go in favour of males. This situation must be turned upside down to save the dignity and status of Muslim women.

Although much debate has taken place on issues like Triple Talaq and standard Nikahnama, till now nothing concrete could be done. At the 14th convention of the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) in Bangalore in October last year, the issue of Triple Talaq did not even come up for discussion. Fortunately the Board took up the matter of standardisation of the Nikahnama. This debate was an opportunity to discuss the very important issue of Triple Talaq, but unfortunately the board lost the opportunity and the proposal for an undertaking by the bridegroom not to give Triple Talaq in one sitting was left undiscussed.

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