30 November, 2020

Inheritance Of Customary Injustice

Uniform Civil Code or not, family laws need to change for women to be equal citizens

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Inheritance Of Customary Injustice

What Do Muslim Women Want?

Key findings of the Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan’s 2013 survey of 4,710 Muslim women in 10 states on reforms in the Muslim personal law

  • 92.1% wanted a total ban on oral/unilateral divorce
  • 85.7% wanted mehr to be given at the time of marriage
  • 91.7% did not want their husbands to marry another woman while the first marriage continued
  • 93% wanted arbitration process to be mandatory before divorce
  • 95.6% wanted ex-husband to pay for children’s maintenance even if she holds their custody
  • 87.9% felt activities of Dar-ul Qazas should be monitored by the state
  • 83.3% believed codification of Muslim family law would help Muslim women get justice


What was meant to be a discourse about the viability of a uniform civil code in India and its relevance to promoting gender justice has become entangled in the political differences...



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