Changes Underway for Muslims; Shi'ites, Women Organizing

February 9, 2005

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4235999.stm

On February 9, 2005 the BBC News reported, "The are signs of churning among Muslims in India, home to the religion's second largest population. For one, Indian Shias recently broke away from the country's most important Muslim organisation, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB). And a group of women is also organising to get stronger representation for themselves. Under the Indian constitution Muslims have the right to separate laws in matters such as marriage, divorce and inheritance. And it is the AIMPLB that sets out those laws. The body's main task is to 'to hold the Muslims of different sects together under one banner and ensure they follow the laws of Allah and the Prophet,' says AIMPLB member Khalid Rasheed."