A survey of Muslim women by the Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA), put the spotlight on the needs of the muslim woman in India.
In the survey it was found that more than 90 percent of Muslim women in India want the “triple talaq” divorce ritual and polygamy banned from family civil law in the country.
The BMMA said its survey also showed that three quarters of interviewees wanted a ban on child marriage, indicating a need for reforms in the Muslim personal law which governs family-related issues in India.
Activists say the current law discriminates against women and are calling for a well-defined Muslim law that criminalises polygamy, unilateral divorce, child custody and child marriage.
In its statement the BMMA said “It (the survey) suggests that Muslim women are aware of their legal rights and are determined to attain justice in family matters. An overwhelming number of women demand reforms in Muslim personal law as is prevalent in India today,”.
By New Delhi Times Bureau