YouTube forever? SVOD should be next for Australia’s leading Islamic media companies06 Apr 2017
A year of women in the Islamic Economy and OIC in 50 headlines03 Mar 2017
Riding high on 2016 Year of Reading UAE’s literature festival set to be its biggest ever22 Feb 2017
110 mln views and counting: Australian start-up rising fast as key player in Islamic media content14 Feb 2017
How can free zones drive the Islamic media sector?30 Nov 2016
PROFILE-Dubai Culture spearheading the development of the emirate’s creative industries31 Aug 2016
Q&A-Malaysia’s pioneer in English-language Islamic educational tools Anita Abu Bakar eyes regional franchising opportunities14 Aug 2016
Islamic and Muslim lifestyle programming gaining market share in $42 bln US TV industry11 Jul 2016
Overview-Islamic and Muslim lifestyle VOD and TV programming in the UK20 Jun 2016
Islamic television programming gaining share in India’s $9 billion market09 Jun 2016
Ban India’s instant Islamic divorces but also teach women their rights, says lawyerPrint
Photo: DEHLI - FEBRUARY 11. Young women dressed in traditional clothing at Jama Masjid mosque on February 11, 2008 in Dehli, India. It's the largest mosque in India with millions of visitors each year. / paul prescott / Shutterstock.com
Thu May 18, 2017 | 1:23pm EDT | MUMBAI
(Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Banning Muslim men in India from saying "I divorce you" three times to leave their wives won't protect women from destitution and women need education about economic rights, a leading women's rights lawyer said on Thursday as a landmark case ended.
India's top court has spent six days examining the legality of the "triple talaq" practice, raising hopes among women campaigners of a long-awaited end to the 'quickie' divorce that can leave women penniless and homeless.
The instant divorce is banned in most Muslim countries but is allowed under India's constitution that lets most religions, including Muslims - the biggest religious minority - regulate matters like marriage and divorce through civil codes.
The Supreme Court hearing concluded on Thursday and the bench of five multi-faith judges reserved judgment. It was not clear when the judgment would be handed down.
Lawyer Flavia Agnes, co-founder of the legal center Majlis that works on women's rights, said while the focus was on the practice of triple talaq, the key issue was how women can be helped to ensure they know their economic and legal rights.
"In most cases where Muslim women have moved to court, it is to seek maintenance from a husband who has deserted her. It is then the husband's lawyer sends (a divorce) to escape the responsibility of paying maintenance," Agnes, who attended the hearing for all six days, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
"They say that women want to stay in bad marriages when what they want is economic rights as they have been thrown out (of their marital homes). We need to address these issues."
The Islamic instant divorce has come under increasing criticism as unconstitutional by violating the right to equality. Reports have emerged of men divorcing their wives via Skype, WhatsApp and text message, leaving families destitute.
But the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), a non-governmental body which oversees the application of Muslim personal law, opposes any ban on triple talaq and argues this is a religious matter and not for the courts.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi disagrees and last year waded into a controversy by saying he believed it was destroying women's lives, with Muslims making up about 13 percent of the country's 1.2 billion people.
Agnes said ending the quick divorce practice will not prevent a man from deserting his wife, sending her back to her parents, or even continuing to abuse her.
But improving literacy levels among Muslim women and making them aware of the laws in place could protect them as it entitled them to "reasonable and fair settlement for life".
Campaigners have sought a ban on quick divorces although statistics on the prevalence of the practice are unclear with critics suggesting the numbers are low.
"But even if one woman is divorced in this manner, it is a problem," said Noorjehan Niaz of Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan, one of the petitioners in the Supreme Court case.
"It is a problem if there is a law that protects women from being rendered homeless overnight," she said, citing a case of a woman whose husband said he divorced her when she was asleep.
(Reporting by Roli Srivastava @Rolionaroll; Editing by Belinda Goldsmith; Please credit Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women’s rights, trafficking, property rights, climate change and resilience. Visit news.trust.org)
© Thomson Reuters 2017 All rights reserved
- Queen Elizabeth II Centre, Westminster, London.
Islamic Spirit UK Tour
- The Principal Manchester, The Ballroom Oxford St, Manchester, M60 7HA Indigo at The O2 Millennium Way Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0AX
Saverah Women Expo 2017
- InterContinental London - The O2
10 media companies join forces for Malaysia#QuranHour
24 May 2017 | all-sectors
The female Muslim comic standing up to extremism
24 May 2017 | all-sectors
CORRECTED-Leejam Sports to file for 1 bln riyal IPO, targeting Q4 Riyadh listing-sources
23 May 2017 | finance-investing
Malaysia: Sighting of Ramadan moon on May 26
21 May 2017 | regulations-compliance