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Zero tolerance for wife-beaters: Shia board

New Delhi: The rising cases of domestic violence and sex-selective abortions recently saw the All India Shiite Personal Law Board (AISPLB) hold a special meeting wherein it stressed its zero-tolerance policy against wife-beaters. Mohammad Ahmad Ali Khan, spokesperson of the AISPLB, said the board had proposed reforms to tackle violence in marriage and launched a toll-free helpline (09839124865) to help victims of domestic violence and gender bias. Khan said that the AISPLB had expressed displeasure over such issues and other rising problems faced by women. “Among the many ills plaguing our society, female foeticide and domestic violence definitely rank high in the list,” Khan said. “Since women have been at the receiving end where male chauvinism still holds fort despite education, we are making concerted efforts to safeguard women’s rights by providing them legal and social support. We hope the resolutions will be a milestone in the history of our community.” He further said that the board is demanding that political parties include reservation for Shia Muslims in their election manifestos and give tickets to them. “We do not get nominations for the Rajya Sabha and are seeking representation in the Parliament as well as state assemblies. The board has decided that henceforth we shall not vote for political parties which do not look into our interests,” he said.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 April 2011 on page no. 20

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