NEW DELHI: The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has strongly condemned the media for maliciously projecting Darul Qaza as a parallel court system and appealed to the countrymen not to get influenced by the fake news and statements of communal forces.
The AIMPLB on Tuesday said that Darul Qaza has been in operation since before Independence and the Supreme Court has upheld its status as arbitration centre.
“AIMPLB never demanded a parallel court system. It has been and will be running Darul Qazas under the arbitration act. Our Darul Qazas are only arbitration centers that are helping the society. Please ignore fake news. Nayaya Panchayat has more legal rights whereas Darul Qazas are just counseling centers with their opinions having no legal binding. Fake news promoters must check facts,” tweeted the board.
To clarify the issue, Maulana Khalid Saifullah Rahmani, Secretary and Spokesperson of AIMPLB, issued a statement.
“The system of Darul Qaza has been functional in different parts of the country since before Independence. Through Darul Qaza, thousands of cases are resolved. This is not a parallel court nor does it impose its opinion on the concerned parties with force. It is an institution to resolve family disputes through arbitration and compromise. Here the concerned parties are morally urged for compromise,” said Maulana Rahmani.
He said AIMPLB wants to expand this system in areas where Darul Qaza has not yet been set up.
Reasoning the expansion plan, he said: “Women get big help from Darul Qaza where their cases are resolved without any cost, within a very short period of time and through counseling and their rights are restored. Darul Qaza also tries to minimize the occurrence of Talaq (divorce).”
Explaining the system of Darul Qaza, he said: “When a dispute erupts between wife and husband and there is apprehension that the husband would divorce her then Darul Qaza, at the call of the wife, counsels her husband and finds out a way of resolution.”
He said Darul Qaza is helping the courts of law by resolving family disputes through arbitration and counseling.
“Darul Qaza is actually assisting the courts and trying to lessen the huge burden of cases from the courts. In this every context, in the case of Vishlochan Vs Union of India, the Supreme Court had on 7th July 2014 rejected petition filed against Darul Qaza and said the system of Darul Qaza is working as per the law,” said AIMPLB official.
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He clarified that AIMPLB’s secretary and senior lawyer Zafaryab Jilani never used the word ‘Shariah Court’ in his interactions with media.
“This is also noteworthy that Zafaryab Jilani, secretary AIMPLB, did not mention ‘Shariah court’ in his responses to media. Even though the Supreme Court in its decision in 2014 described Darul Qaza as ‘Shariah Court’, Zafaryab Jilani used the world Darul Qaza in order to preempt any misunderstanding. It is really sad that a section of media, rather than appreciating such important work, is maligning it,” said Maulana Rahmani.
Jilani also clarified. “We do not call them ‘shariah courts’ as is being made out by a section of the media. A similar attempt to stoke a controversy and challenge the legality of these centres was made earlier too, and a petition was filed in the Supreme Court, which upheld their validity in 2014,” he was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.
Meanwhile, Maulana Rahmani has appealed to all peace-loving citizens not to get influenced by the statements and propaganda of communal forces and urged Muslims to expand Darul Qaza in their areas and get their issues resolved through this institution.