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A Mumbai Social Worker Is Campaigning Against Triple Talaq, But For A Strange Reason

He's putting up posters in mosques.

06/10/2016 5:14 PM IST | Updated 06/10/2016 5:30 PM IST
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An Indian Muslim bride puts a thumb impression on a Marriage Certificate in the presence of religious leaders and a relative during the 'Nikah Kabool Hai' or 'Do You Agree for the Marriage' section of a mass wedding ceremony in Ahmedabad on October 24, 2010.

A social worker in Mumbai is reportedly trying to discourage Muslim men from using "triple talaq" to divorce their wives — so that the Supreme Court does not strike the law down.

Abdul Razzak Maniyar has put up posters in a dozen mosques in Mumbai, warning Muslim men against the many legal repercussions of using "triple talaq".

Even though the posters warn Muslim men that they could be booked under four different laws in India, according to a report in The Times of India, its central argument is to protect Sharia law, which is under threat after three divorced women and several other organisations approached the Supreme Court asking for a ban on triple talaq.

The poster asks Muslim men to unite against Islam's enemies (referring to the right-wing Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) by helping these aggrieved women get their rights. The poster reportedly describes these woman as "RSS-inspired".

Among the various supporters for the ban is the All India Muslim Women Personal Law Board (AIMWPLB), which is expected to file a petition to ban triple talaq in the Supreme Court soon. Earlier, Muslim women in India have called justification of the practice "medieval". The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has made several shocking statements about triple talaq at the apex court, claiming "personal laws cannot be re-written in the name of social reforms", and that there is "no scope" to change it.

Muslim women in India have some of the highest divorce rates, with most of them taking place when the woman is between 20-34 years of age.

Meanwhile Maniyar, who has resolved several marriage disputes, has in his poster also detailed one of the divorce cases he handled last month, where a man had divorced his wife over the phone using "triple talaq". He had to pay his ex-wife ₹7 lakh, and give up the custody of their son.

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