Kashmir’s Kargil is saying no to the Shia nikahnama. The Shia-dominated town has in fact rejected the model nikahnama adopted by the All India Shia Personal Law Board (AISPLB), which provides a Muslim woman with a right to divorce. Shias found support from the Sunnis too who said the nikahnama was against the Islamic law.
Rejecting the new nikahnama, Shia leaders said that Islam has given women the right to marry to any person of their choice but she has no right to divorce. A true Muslim cannot act against the teachings of the holy Quran, they added.
Terming the AISPLB decision as against the Islamic rules, they said only the man has right to divorce under Islamic law. Alleging that the All India Shia Personal Law Board was trying to subvert the Muslim laws, the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) too has said no to the model nikahnama.
There is widespread belief among the Shias in Kargil and Ladakh that the new norms were against the teachings of Quran and Prophet Mohammad.
Just a few days ago, on Novemeber 26, the AISPLB had adopted a model 'nikahnama' at a meeting in Mumbai in a bid to protect women not only in case of domestic violence but also provide security if the situation of a divorce arises.
The nikahnama was born considering that the women are the weaker sex and needed protection. However, with protests against the model code gaining in strength, it might end up as a still-born.
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