"Muslim women in India have suffered because of triple talaq where arbitrary divorces declared over postcards or telegrams have been sustained," said campaign group Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA), or the India Muslim Women's Movement. "AIMPLB's argument that a Muslim man can delegate his power of pronouncing talaq to his wife is laughable - this can hardly be expected to happen in real life if the wife wants a divorce but husband doesn't," it said in a statement on Tuesday. [youtube id="54kDYhBG4zg"] The group said the AIMPLB's justification for polygamy was "bizarre" as it had suggested the practice of a man having up to four wives stemmed from a concern and sympathy for women. "The truth is Muslim personal laws - like other religious laws - flow from patriarchy and relegate women to second class status," said the BMMA.
Board: Better to divorce woman than kill heralso board: women shouldn't be given the right since THEY'RE emotionally unstable #TripleTalaq — Asmita Bakshi (@asmitabee) September 8, 2016
If Pakistan and 21 other countries have abolished triple talaq, why can't India? https://t.co/QihtlR01hg — IHM (@meIHM) September 8, 2016It said triple talaq had been banned in more than 20 Muslim-majority countries, including Pakistan and Bangladesh while polygamy was prohibited in Turkey and Turkmenistan among other countries. Muslims make up more than 13% of the country's 1.2bn people, yet they are among some of the most marginalised communities. [youtube id="AbZrecpa_P0"] Social indicators amongst Muslim women such as literacy, mortality and employment rates are lower than the national average, say activists. Triple talaq is unilateral, arbitrary and contravenes both the constitution and the principles of gender justice in Islam, BMMA said. In India, a secular democracy, religious laws could not overwrite the constitutional right to equality, it added.
Mock Hindu beliefs & keep mum on AIMPLB's assertion that husbands might kill wives if triple talaq is not allowed https://t.co/OLNkZDpTTu— Whisky Wacko (@whisky_wacko) September 8, 2016