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Uniform Civil Code not acceptable at any cost: AIMPLB

Board reiterates that Muslim personal law is based on divine law and cannot be altered

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Muslims offer namaz during the holy month of Ramadan
Muslims offering namaz during the holy month of Ramadan

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) on Saturday reiterated its opposition to the Uniform Civil Code, with General Secretary saying it is not acceptable to the at any cost.

Speaking at a conference organised by NGO to deliberate on the code and 'triple talaaq' issues here, Rahmani said the Muslim personal law is based on divine law and hence cannot be altered.

He said the should consider the issue of in its entirety. At present, the apex court is hearing three petitions on the issue.

"The can intervene in any matter. But our request is that the matter of should be considered in its entirety (and not just as a women's right issue)," Rahmani said.

The leader said that the in India have respected and obeyed all laws of the land in independent India but they would not tolerate any interference in their personal laws.

"Over the last 70 years, the Indian have respected and obeyed all the laws. Although they have been the target of communal violence, and at times discrimination, they still love their motherland.

"But the Muslims cannot tolerate any interference in their religious affairs or laws," he said.

Rahmani said raking up of the two issues now reeks of some "evil designs".

"Most people in this country are peace-loving and just. But there are a handful of people who want to create a rift between the two communities and keep devising new plans for it," Rahmani said.

The is running an awareness campaign to sensitise the common people about the "perils of the Uniform Civil Code", he said.

The had, on October 7, floated a 16-point questionnaire on its website wherein it had asked the common people, activists, organisations and other stakeholders to give suggestions on the implementation of the code.

Several prominent Muslim organisations in the country have opposed the move and urged the Muslims to boycott the questionnaire by not responding to it.

Under the Uniform Civil Code, the personal laws based on scriptures and customs of every religious community in India will be replaced with a common set of laws applicable equally to all citizens.

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First Published: Sat, October 15 2016. 18:36 IST