INDIA: WOMEN’S CAMPAIGN AGAINST “IMMEDIATE DIVORCE” According to common practice if the man pronounces three times the word "talaq" the woman must leave home

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It left by ‘India a campaign to ban divorce immediately with the triple “consecutive” talaq, considered a farce of the separation provided for in the Koran, where the formula has to be pronounced by the husband on three separate occasions during three months, after having tried anyway a reconciliation. At launch it was the movement for the welfare of Muslim women in India (BMMA), born in 2007, in an attempt to end the practice by which Muslims can divorce immediately saying – or even writing on social media – three times in succession “talaq “, without the obligation to provide explanations.

On the rights of women under Islam, the Guardian reminds Nishat Hussain, driving office BMMA of Jaipur, has repeatedly clashed with the religious authorities, according to which the rules governing women are enshrined in the scriptures and, therefore, they can not be changed. According Nishat, however, they are dictated by custom and therefore can be changed.

Rani Khan, for example, is only one of the Indian Muslim women who have been left by her husband with the formula of triple talaq consecutive. Rani, 25, has a four years old baby, Zainab, and turned to BMMA after her husband did her out of the house. For years, the woman said, was virtually forced to ask for money to parents to allow her drinking. The man, in fact, threatening otherwise to kill her daughter. “More – said the woman – one day he shouted talaq three times, forcing me to leave the house.”

Rani now lives with her father, who is paralyzed, his mother, six sisters and the little Zeinab. When women like her are turning to local religious authorities to seek justice, he is told that the immediate divorce is permitted under Islamic law.

However, there may be still some hope for the BMMA. Recently, in fact, a government committee set up in 2013 to examine the status of women has recommended that the government prohibits triple talaq. In a report published last month, the Committee argues that the practice “makes the wives extremely vulnerable and insecure regarding their marital status.” The recommendation was sent to the Ministry of Women and Child Development, which will consult civil and religious groups before a final decision is taken.

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