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“People who want Islamic laws can go to Syria, Somalia and Nigeria,” says Pakistan born Author Tarek Fatah

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December 21, 2016: Tarek Fatah, an author, columnist and political commentator introduce himself as, “I am an Indian born in Pakistan, a Punjabi born in Islam; an immigrant in Canada with a Muslim consciousness, grounded in a Marxist youth. I am one of Salman Rushdie’s many Midnight’s Children: we were snatched from the cradle of a great civilization and made permanent refugees, sent in search of an oasis that turned out to be a mirage.”

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Tarek Fatah is well-known for his fiery stance on Pakistan, he even considers “Urdu” to be an imperialistic language. He says, “Many take pride in the fact that they know, how to write and read Urdu, here in India. This language was imposed on us.”

The author who is currently in India supports the stance that ‘triple talaq’ must go.

According to The Economic Times, Fatah, said, “People who want Islamic laws can go to Syria, Somalia and Nigeria.”

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He further added, “In a fight between Allah’s Islam and Mullah’s (fundamentalists) Islam, the former will win.”

In the recent years, as many Muslim women have approached the judiciary against triple talaq, the Supreme Court is hearing petitions against the practice. By joining Muslim organisations, including The All-India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), Congress is accusing the government saying that they are trying to start an “internal war” by trying to change the personal laws of the community on divorce and polygamy.

“95% of Muslims of Deoband, Bareli,Patna, Bombay, Madras voted for Muslim League leader Mohammad Ali Jinnah for creation of Pakistan. They butchered this country (India) and stayed back to get Haj subsidy,” Tarek Fatah said.

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Fatah confirms that he is no Modi Bhakt saying, “I appreciate the work done by this Government, at the same time, I am no one’s Bhakt,” when he was asked about the same.

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Triple Talaq Now Banned In India

While most Hindu personal laws have been overhauled and codified over the years, Muslim laws have been left to religious authorities and left largely untouched.

Indian Muslim women talk while walking through a market in Ahmadabad, India. VOA

India’s government on Wednesday approved an ordinance to implement a top court ruling striking down the Muslim practice that allows men to instantly divorce.

The government decision came after it failed to get approval of Parliament a year after the court ruled that the practice of triple “talaq” violated the constitutional rights of Muslim women.

Most of the 170 million Muslims in India are Sunnis governed by the Muslim Personal Law for family matters and disputes. The laws include allowing men to divorce by simply uttering the Arabic word “talaq,” or divorce, three times — and not necessarily consecutively, but at any time, and by any medium, including telephone, text message or social media post.

Triple Talaq continues to plague lives of  women, VOA News

The government will have another six months to get Parliament’s approval for the ordinance to become law. But in the meantime, suspects can be prosecuted using the ordinance.

Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that nearly 22 countries, including neighboring Pakistan and Bangladesh, have banned the practice and appealed to the opposition to approve the Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill.

India’s Muslim Law Board had told the court that while they considered the practice wrong, they opposed any court intervention and asked that the matter be left to the community. But several progressive Muslim activists decried the law board’s position.

Muslim women hold placards during a protest against a bill passed by India’s lower house of Parliament last week that aims at prosecuting Muslim men who divorce their wives through the “triple talaq,” or instant divorce. VOA

After the Supreme Court verdict, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government introduced a bill criminalizing the practice and it was approved in December by the lower house of Parliament, where his party commands a majority. But it couldn’t get the approval of the upper house, where the opposition controls the majority of seats.

The main opposition Congress party is opposing a three-year prison sentence for the offenders and wants a parliamentary committee to discuss the issue to reach a consensus. It favors a lesser sentence.

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In India, triple talaq has continued with the protection of laws that allow Muslim, Christian and Hindu communities to follow religious laws in matters like marriage, divorce, inheritance and adoption. While most Hindu personal laws have been overhauled and codified over the years, Muslim laws have been left to religious authorities and left largely untouched. (VOA)