Divorce Code Set Out for Muslims

May 2, 2005

Source: BBC News


On May 2, 2005 BBC News reported, "Muslim men are being urged against instant divorce of their wives, in a new marriage code from an authoritative body of Muslim clerics in India. But the code stops short of banning the controversial 'triple talaq' pronouncement which allows a man to divorce his wife with immediate effect. Instead, it recommends that Muslims approach a religious body if they wish to separate. Muslim women activists have been pushing for a ban on triple talaq. Under the new guidelines, if a couple feels the need to separate 'a man and wife should seek Darul Kaza, a forum of arbitration according to Islamic laws.' 'There is an attempt to instil the fact that Sharia [Islamic law] is supreme and all Muslim marriages will be governed by it,' said Abdul Rahim Qureishi, spokesman of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board."