protest in Muzaffarnagar in Imrana case. Below Muslim women
Right Raking Up Rancorous Rape Issue
DELHI, July 1: The Sangh Parivar is shamelessly exploiting the
plight of a Muslim woman, Imrana, who was recently raped by her
father-in-law. The Parivar has got an opportunity to demand promulgation
of the Uniform Civil Code in the country that is considered as
anti-Shariat. They say that from Mukhtaran Mai to Imrana, Muslim
women are being targeted by their own religious co-followers.
Sangh Parivar is saying that the Uniform Civil Code should be
promulgated in the country for all religions to avoid the complexities
of Shariat Laws such as in the case of Imrana, a mother of five
Muslim clergy of the country has also put forth weak religious
arguments in the Imrana case that has given an opportunity to
the Sangh Parivar to push its anti-Muslim agenda. This strategy
could also help the BJP which is facing discontent inside and
outside and to control some damage done by LK Advani’s remarks
about Mohammed Ali Jinnah.
case of Imrana was an ordinary case of rape that could be seen
within the purview of the Indian Penal Code, but the saffronized
Indian media turned it into an issue because the victim is a Muslim
woman. The media got the chance to question the authority of Muslim
clerics and Ulema when the All India Muslim Personal Law Board
(AIMPLB) gave its verdict against Imrana that since she has become
haraam for her husband, she couldn’t live with
AIMPLB on June 26, 2005 corroborated the edict of the Islamic
seminary Darul Uloom Deoband that the woman who was allegedly
raped by her father-in-law, Ali Mohammed in Muzaffarnagar, a crime
prone town of the western Uttar Pradesh, could not live with her
this correspondent contacted the lone woman member of the AIMPLB,
Begum Naseem Iqtedar in Lucknow, she said on telephone: “As
far as the Holy Quran is concerned, Imrana’s marriage to
her husband Noor Ilahi stands dissolved because she has been raped
by her husband’s blood relative.”
she had been raped by some one else than a blood relation, she
could have rightfully stayed with her husband as in the Bilqis
Bano case of Gujarat where Hindu zealots raped her during the
genocide,” she added.
said: “The responsibility of the couple’s five children
would have to be shouldered by Noor Ilahi as long as required.
Imrana has also the right to marry anyone other than her father-in-law’s
asked why a victim is being punished rather than the criminal,
Iqtedar said: “As believers of Islam, we have to follow
what has been prescribed by the religion. However, the criminal
would get the harshest punishment according to the law of the
The ruling of the AIMPLB has bestowed an opportunity on the Hindu
zealots to rake up the issue of the Uniform Civil Code and to
denounce the law prescribed in the Shariat. On the one hand Islamic
experts like Tahir Mahmood, member of the National Commission
for Religious and Linguistic Minorities, are appealing to the
AIMPLB not to enforce Fatwa on an innocent and unwilling
couple desirous of continuing in marriage, the Hindu zealots have
begun to raise diatribes against Islam on the other.
to the South Asia Tribune, the Executive President of
the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) Ashok Singhal said: “Islam
is a very complex religion, and it has no clear vision on the
issues of divorce, marriage, rape and other crimes. There are
different schools of thoughts, different Maulvis, different followers,
different principles in Shariat that make the position of Muslim
women very weak.”
the Uniform Civil Code can protect the rights of Muslim women.
In such cases like the Imrana case, a victim has to produce four
witnesses in front of whom the crime was committed. You tell me
if four witnesses watched the woman being raped then why they
did not try to save her? It is so ridiculous,” he added.
Muslim clerics want to enforce Fatwa in the Imrana case, who the
hell am I to interfere. But then they must also demand that the
father-in-law must also be punished by the same Islamic rule.
That criminal must be half buried and Muslims must stone him to
death. These clerics will not follow this rule because it is not
convenient for them. In the matter of marriage, divorce, inheritance,
etc they follow Shariat, but in criminal matters they follow the
Indian Penal Code,” he said.
Singhal said: “This discrepancy has to be removed, and now
the time has come to quash the Muslim Personal Law. Muslims should
also be governed by the law of land. The Uniform Civil Code is
the only way-out to protect women from these clerics who have
made them their stooges.”
Singhal did not seem satisfied as he continued his diatribes against
Islamic laws. He said, “You see, on any matter Muslims first
look at their holy book Quran for an explanation or ruling. If
they do not get anything there, then they look at Hadith, sayings
and deeds of their Prophet. And if they do not get anything here
then they are free to invoke their discretion in the particular
case. Here lies the chance of committing mistakes.”
modern times in which we are living, there is no scope for such
pristine and diabolic laws. People have become rational and they
should be governed by any uniform civil and criminal codes. Muslims
should realize it and the Government of India should try to stop
such religious practices,” he said.
said: “Personal laws of all religious denominations should
be in consonance with constitutional guarantees of equality and
dignity for women, and the Imrana case could be the eye-opener
for those Muslims and so-called secular forces that have always
resisted reforms and promulgation of uniform civil laws.”
has happened in Pakistan in the case of Mukhtaran Mai. And see
the case of Imrana. In both the cases Muslim women are on the
receiving end. In the case of Mai, she has been made victim of
tribal laws and in the case of Imrana, she has been made victim
of personal laws,” he added.
Muslims are not perturbed by the diatribes of the Sangh Parivar.
They have come out with vigor and fervor against the Sangh Parivar
along with the secular forces. They follow the Muslim Personal
Law as it has been guaranteed by the Fundamental Rights enshrined
in the Constitution of India.
this regard, Kamal Farooqi, member AIMPLB told the South Asia
Tribune: “The issue of the Uniform Civil Code was forgotten
after the defeat of the communal forces at the hustings, but now
they are raking it due to the Imrana episode. They should know
that the Muslim Personal Law has been bestowed upon the Muslims
as their fundamental constitutional right and without making amendments
passed in the Parliament, nobody can change it”.
the Sangh Parivar including BJP have come out and expressing concern
for the protection and safety of the Muslim women. But where were
these people when Muslim women were being molested and raped by
their (Sangh) men during the Gujarat genocide? Have they done
anything to bring the culprits to book so far?”
said: “Lastly, it is our right to decide our religious matters.
The Sangh Parivar has no right to poke its nose in every Muslim
affair. It is very clear in the Muslim law that when a woman is
‘used’ by the blood relative of her husband, she becomes
haraam for her husband. Hence the marriage stands dissolved.
There are other sects in our religion which may offer different
views and a way-out in this matter. But one thing is clear that
Sangh Parivar is trying to malign the Muslim community and trying
to present us as boorish before other religious denominations.”