AIMPLB spokesperson Maulana Khalil-ur-Rehman Sajjad Nomani said the bill was brought in a haste and that the board should have been taken into confidence on the issue.
LUCKNOW (PTI) — The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) today expressed serious reservations over the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill which was passed by the Lok Sabha and said it will take steps through democratic means to “amend, improve or scrap” it.
We will take whatever steps required through democratic means to amend, improve or scrap it. There is no move to go to court as of now…The bill was brought in a haste,” AIMPLB spokesperson Maulana Khalil-ur-Rehman Sajjad Nomani told PTI. He said the board should have been taken into confidence on the issue.
“Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad while tabling the bill also quoted the board and a lady MP of the ruling party tried to answer the queries raised by the Board in a letter to the Prime Minister proving that the government recognises the board. So the board should have been taken into confidence,” Mr Nomani said.
However, AIMPLB member Zafaryab Jilani hinted that the board may approach the Supreme Court against the triple talaq bill once it is passed by the Parliament.
“An option is always open to challenge the law passed (by the Parliament), which is against the Supreme Court’s judgement and the Indian Constitution, in the Supreme Court. Convenor of our legal committee has also suggested that it can be challenged in the court. However, we will decide our future course of action once the Bill is passed and law is enacted,” Mr Jilani told a news channel.
AIMPLB wanted the triple talaq bill to not be in conflict with either the Constitution, Supreme Court order or the Muslim Personal Law Board, he said.
“We had demanded that Bill should have been prepared only after consultation of representatives of Muslim women organisations, All India Muslim Personal Board, but it doesn’t mean that we were against the Bill. We just wanted that Bill should not be in conflict with either Constitution of India, Supreme Court Judgement or Muslim Personal Law Board,” he said.