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Published in the 1-15 Jan 2005 print edition of MG; send me the print edition

NCW booklet on talaq laws

New Delhi: The National Commission for Women (NCW) has prepared a booklet on personal laws in Islamic countries. The booklet titled ‘Welfare of Muslim Women’ aims at creating awareness among Muslim women in India about their legal and constitutional rights. The handbook which is compiled by NCW member, Nafisa Hussain says that practice of triple talaq has been banned in many Muslim countries including Turkey, Tunisia, Algeria, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

In Pakistan, triple talaq was abolished in 1991 by an ordinance and it was made mandatory for a couple to go through a reconciliatory process under the supervision of a government official before seeking divorce. The divorce could be sought only after reconciliatory efforts have failed, the handbill says.
The NCW is planning to approach the Supreme Court to seek directive on tripple talaq in the context of a Muslim couple wishing to continue their marriage after the husband uttered talaq thrice in a drunken state. The booklet also deals with polygamy in several Islamic countries. It says that Turkey, Egypt, Sudan, Indonesia, Iraq and Pakistan have put in place strict judicial and administrative regulations on it and in Malaysia and Brunei it has been abolished.

In many Islamic countries a divorced woman gets maintenance from her husband but in India they have to depend on the Waqf Board for sustenance allowance, the booklet says.

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