Apex Court’s Verdict on Triple Talaq is a vindication of the constitutional struggles of Muslim women and women’s groups over decades
NAPM stands in solidarity with all struggles against
patriarchy, communalism and fascism.
National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM) congratulates millions of Muslim women of this country along with the Muslim women’s organizations, other feminist, rights groups and lawyers, who deserve to be applauded for the long overdue judgement of the Supreme Court, delivered yesterday, reading down the arbitrary and inhuman Triple Talaq as both ‘Unconstitutional’ and ‘Un-Quranic’. The judgement, by a 3:2 majority, brings to life, even if in a limited way, the core constitutional values of the equality, dignity, secularism and non-discrimination and legally seals the unilaterally arbitrary, irrevocable and instantaneous Triple Talaq, which has affected or threatened to affect the lives of numerous Muslim women, over decades.
While we do acknowledge that the verdict would form an important milestone on the hard path of securing the rights of Muslim women, as per the Constitution, we are not unmindful of the fact that the larger struggle against all forms of patriarchy, across religions, must and will continue. Be it violence within marriage, marital rape, equal property laws for women, equal access, the battles for constitutional justice and equality within the unequal institutions of family and marriage are far too many, but need to be fought in a secular, consistent and objective way.
We are also equally conscious of the propensity of the current ruling dispensation and its religious outfits to appropriate and seek undue credit for this judgement and also use it to brand the Muslim community as regressive. We, therefore, feel the need to re-emphasize that patriarchy needs to be fought within and across religions and legal reform must move in that direction, in consultation with women, and not in the direction of a Uniform Civil Code. The true scale of Triple Talaq needs to be looked at in perspective vis-à-vis the numerous other forms of oppression including domestic violence, marital rape, abandonment etc. that both Muslim and non-muslim, especially, a large number of Hindu women face on a routine basis. Demonizing minority religions, with a majoritarian and authoritarian approach, will not be accepted and will be challenged, by all progressive forces and the peace-loving citizens of India.
We salute the extra(ordinary) Muslim women of this country, who on the one hand have courageously been fighting ‘mundane’ battles against patriarchy within the family and community and on the other have been living beyond Muzaffarnagars and Gujarats, lynching of Junaid and disappearances of Najeeb and have been time and again, standing up against right-wing and communal elements. In an overall climate of fear and hatred being propagated against minorities and Muslims in particular by the pro-Hindutva forces and its political affiliates, the courage and resilience shown by the Muslim women is salient and significant. If the present govt. has any commitment for the well-being of Muslims, it might do well by moving beyond the rhetoric and misappropriation and instead seriously implement the far-reaching recommendations of the Jst. Rajinder Sachar Committee. The right-wing champions, celebrating this verdict as ‘liberation for Muslim women’, might do good by some inward looking and seriously acknowledge and address the gross gender injustices that Hindu women face on a day to day basis.
NAPM reiterates its commitment to stand in solidarity with all struggles against patriarchy, communalism and fascism, with a strong belief that these battles are deeply inter-connected. We also demand that any legislative action in pursuance of the Supreme Court’s judgement must take place only after widespread consultations with Muslim women and their organizations and other women’s groups across the country.