Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Shah Bano Ver 2.0

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    • In the recent judgment, delivered on December 4, a Supreme Court Bench comprising Justices Deepak Verma and Sudarshan Reddy upheld the right of a divorced Muslim woman Shabana Bano to get maintenance from her husband.
    • Predictably, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has issued a veiled threat of sorts.

      “The Supreme Court judgment is a direct interference in Muslim personal law. It is also against the Shariat, which states that marriage is a contract between two individuals and it becomes null and void after divorce,” said Maulana Khalid Rashid, a member of the board.

    • On the other side, we don’t see any “spontaneous” emotional outbursts from the secularist and women’s liberation quarters considering that Shabana Bano’s “crime” was that she was unable to bring in the dowry demanded by her husband’s family. To be fair, a lone article in the Indian Express welcomed the Supreme Court’s judgment but didn’t get to the fundamentals, something everybody wants to avoid.
    • In a way, the AIMPLB is irrelevant today because the UPA has taken upon itself the task to systematically bend to and satisfy every whim of the minorities before they even demand it.

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