Uniform Civil Code – First let us have a codified law like other communities: Muslim women group

New Delhi: Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA) — a group of activist who have been working and demanding codification of Muslim personal law — in a press statement have decried lack of uniform civil code.

The group, which has started its own Sharia court to counter that of the Ulemas, stated that the community needs to have a codification of law before anything is to go forward. The statement comes after the Supreme Court recently towed the idea with one rule but with consensus. One rule has often been condemned as those fearing it feel that it will be imposing of a majoritarian view.

“Right now talk of such idea is hypothetical. We are far away from it and in fact we are going in the opposite direction. There is no point talking hypothetically. For integration to happen there are other basic needs that should be met. You cannot kill people and bulldoze communities and say that national integration will come through family laws. People should be treated equally and environment should be conducive. There will only be anxiety and insecurity among people,” said Noorjehan Safia Niaz, co-founder of BMMA.

The Supreme Court while hearing a litigation on the varying time period granted for divorce asked the government on Uniform Civil Code. To this, the law minister stated that it will need “consensus” which may take time.

Noorjehan added: “For us, the debate gives us an opportunity to ask for codification of Muslim personal law. While other communities have a codified law. That is not the case with us. Let us first have what the other communities have. Also, a law like this will have to be talked about with other communities. Everyone should be coming together to talk about it.”

Bhartiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (‘Indian Muslim Women’s Movement’) is an Indian Muslim women’s organisation in India. The organisation is based in Mumbai.[1] It released a draft on June 23, 2014, ‘Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act’ recommending that polygamy be made illegal in Muslim Personal Law of India