Muslims have less divorces in comparison with other communities, says All India Muslim Personal Law Board

Ravi Kaushal
The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) seems to have given in to the pressure from Muslim women to end the practice of triple talaq.

Jaipur, April 9: In a surprising revelation, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board on Saturday said that the rate of divorce among Muslims has been found to be very low in a comparison with other religious communities. Citing the data collected after rigorous research of one year, board’s chief organiser Asma Zohra said that the number of cases of divorce for Muslims stood at 1,307 against Hindu at 16,505. The cases of divorce for Christians in these districts stood at 4,827 and 8 for Sikhs.

She said the exercise to collect data from family courts was started in May last year under which statistics were sought through RTI from family courts in Muslim-concentrated districts for five years from 2011-2015. Sixteen family courts gave detailed consolidated reports.

Addressing a press conference here, she said, “We have compiled the report which shows that the divorce rate is minimal in the Muslim community. Similarly, we collected details from various Darul Qaza which also indicate that only 2-3 per cent cases are related to divorce out of which most were initiated by women only.” It must be reminded that Darul Qaza is an Islamic Shariyat court.

The conclusion could be reached after analysing figures collected from the eight districts of Kannur (Kerala), Nasik (Maharashtra), Karimnagar (Telangana), Guntur (Andhra Pradesh), Secunderabad (Hyderabad), Malappuram (Kerala), Ernakulam (Kerala) and Palakkad (Kerala).

She said that the issue of triple talaq along with other issues concerning Muslim women needs to understood in right perspective. She said, “The issue of triple talaq cropped up in recent years and was politicised. The issue needs to be understood in the right manner and perspective. Islam has given certain liberties to women and they are well protected in the community.”

In recent times, the issue of triple talaq has dominated the political discourse in India. The Supreme Court has also referred the issue to a constitutional bench for which the hearing is scheduled on May 11. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court J S Khehar said that resolution of the issue like triple talaq needs cooperation from all concerning parties. However, the plea challenging triple talaq was opposed by All India Muslim Personal Law Board. The Muslim body said that the practices of triple talaq, ‘nikah halala’ and polygamy among Muslims were not maintainable as the issues fell outside the realm of the secular judiciary.

(With inputs from PTI)