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More than 30 Madrasas decline mid-day meals from ‘Hindu’ organisations in Ujjain

After the tender of Iskon ended in July 2016, BRK Foods provide mid-day meals to 315 schools, out of which 56 Madrasas have declined this offer as well

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  • More than 30 madrasas have declined to accept the food that comes as mid-day meals from Hindu organisations
  • Parents of madrasa students have threatened madrasas that they would remove their children from the school if they continue to accept food from the present suppliers
  • Official administration denied the reports saying madrasa refused the meals as the students are used to a different variety of food

More than 30 Madrasas in Ujjain have declined to accept the food that comes as mid-day meals for the school students, alleging it was an attempt to spoil faith. Since 2010, Iskon Temple has been serving mid-day meals to schools in the city. However, the administrative wing of the Madrasas have declined to accept food from Iskon any longer, mentioned an ANI report on August 6.

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Midday Meal Scheme children at primary school, Image source: Wikimedia Commons

Parents of Muslim students claim that the trust used the food to school before offering it to Hindu Gods, which is unacceptable to some. After the tender of Iskon ended in July 2016, food suppliers BRK Foods and Ma Parvati Foods were enlisted to provide the mid-day meals but madrasas have refused to accept food from both of them. BRK provides mid-day meals to 315 schools, out of which 56 Madrasas have declined the offer.

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According to the ANI report, parents of madrasa students have threatened madrasas that they would remove their children from the school if they continue to accept food from the present suppliers. Parents have demanded that food should be cooked in the madrasas themselves rather than bringing it from outside.

However, the administrative wing of the Madrasas denied the reports saying that children in madrasa are used to different kind of meals. Due to the conflicting statements by some parents of the children studying in Madrasa and the administrative wing, the matter is now under examination.

–  prepared by Akanksha Sharma of NewsGram. Twitter: Akanksha4117

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For Plea Against Polygamy Supreme Court Takes Centre’s Response

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought a response from the Centre on a fresh plea that challenged the constitutional validity of the practice of polygamy and ‘nikah halala’ among Muslims in India.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought a response from the Centre on a fresh plea that challenged the constitutional validity of the practice of polygamy and ‘nikah halala’ among Muslims in India. Flickr

The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought a response from the Centre on a fresh plea that challenged the constitutional validity of the practice of polygamy and ‘nikah halala’ among Muslims in India.

A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud issued the notice to the Centre and tagged the plea with similar petitions pending before it.

The fresh plea filed by Women Resistance Committee Chairperson Nazia Ilahi Khan, a practicing advocate at the Calcutta High Court, has challenged the practice of polygamy, ‘nikah halala’, ‘nikah mutah’ (temporary marriage among Shias) and ‘nikah misyar’ (short-term marriage among Sunnis) on the grounds that these were violative of the Constitution’s Articles 14, 15 and 21.

Under ‘nikah halala’, if a Muslim woman after divorce by her husband three times on different instances, wants to go back to him, she has to marry another person and then divorce the second husband to get re-married to her first husband.

“Declare the dissolution of the Muslim Marriages Act, 1939 unconstitutional and violative of Articles 14, 15, 21 and 25 of the Constitution in so far as it fails to secure for the Indian Muslim women the protection from bigamy which has been statutorily secured for Indian women from other religions,” said her plea filed through advocate V.K. Biju.

The apex court has been hearing pleas filed by Sameena Begum, Nafisa Khan, Moullium Mohsin and BJP leader and advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay on the issue.

Article 14 guarantees equality before law, Article 15 prohibits discrimination on the grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth and Article 21 guarantees protection of life and personal liberty.

Telling the court that though different religious communities are governed by different personal laws, Upadhyay had contended that “personal laws must meet the test of constitutional validity and constitutional morality in as much as they cannot be violative of Articles 14, 15, and 21”.

Pointing to the “appalling” affect of polygamy and other such practices on the Muslim women, senior counsel Mohan Parasaran had earlier told the apex court that the 2017 judgment holding instant ‘triple talaq’ as unconstitutional had left these two issues open and did not address them.

Polygamy, Man along with his 5 wives
Polygamy, Man along with his 5 wives. Flickr

A five-judge Constitution Bench headed by then Chief Justice J.S. Khehar (since retired), by a majority judgment in 2017, had said: “Keeping in view the factual aspect in the present case, as also the complicated questions that arise for consideration in this case (and, in the other connected cases), at the very outset, it was decided to limit the instant consideration to ‘talaq-e-biddat’ or triple talaq.

Also read: Goa Common Civil Code forbids neither Oral Divorce nor Polygamy among Muslims: Governor

“Other questions raised in the connected writ petitions, such as polygamy and ‘nikah halala’ (and other allied matters), would be dealt with separately. The determination of the present controversy may, however, coincidentally render an answer even to the connected issues.” (IANS)