The general secretary of the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), Maulana Wali Rahmani has told the Urdu daily Inquilab that the Board will accept the Supreme Court’s verdict on the issue of triple talaq.
He added that the Board will consider its future course of action after the apex court’s judgement which has been reserved after a weeklong hearing by a Constitution bench which concluded on May 18.
He said the Board has clearly spelt out its stand on the issue before the Constitution bench and was confident of a favourable outcome.
Reiterating that the Board will accept the SC’s ruling whatever it may be, he added that after all its not as if the court is going to pass its judgment “eyes closed”. The issue, he said was straightforward and the Board has already acted on the court’s suggestion.
The bench, he said, had suggested that a model and modern nikahnama may be adopted to which the Board was readily agreeable. The Board, he said, will be issuing an advisory to all qazis (who solemnize marriages) in this regard.
Asked whether a court order contrary to the Board’s stand was likely to recreate the scenario following the Shah Bano judgment (1986), Maulana Rahmani said it’s too early to comment on that.
However, he added that the conditions prevailing in India then were very different from how things are today.
Commenting on the media coverage of the triple talaq debate in and out of court, the maulana said from the media coverage (the electronic media in particular) of the issue during the past 18 months it would seem as if triple talaq was the biggest problem before the country.