Grand Mufti-designate Nasir-ul-Islam, of the Supreme Court of Islamic Shariat in Srinagar, is the man bringing quick divorce settlements to aggrieved women in Kashmir. He may wear his role lightly, but his reformist zeal and empathy with troubled women is why so many of them choose his court to present their grievances. Priyadarshini Sen spoke to him about the spurt in divorce cases in Kashmir. Excerpts from the interview:
How does the Supreme Court of Islamic Shariat arbitrate in cases of women seeking divorce?
The Sharia court is recognised by the people of Jammu and Kashmir and by the state. It was set up in 1571, during the reign of Akbar, and has been functioning with support from the Islamic community and government agencies. People have faith in this organisation and refer matrimonial and related issues for resolution on a speedy trial basis, in keeping with Islamic jurisprudence.
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