If Muslims are governed by separate Personal Law, why not Hindus? This question seems to have provoked the Hindu Mahasabha. The questions are how much legitimacy these 'courts' and 'judges' would enjoy and how many will take them seriously.
Responding to the All India Muslim Personal Law Board’s (AIMPLB) plan to establish Sharia courts all across India, the Hindu Mahasabha is in the process of establishing 'Hindu courts'.
Announcing its decision on the 72nd Independence Day to establish a complete system of Hindu jurisprudence and courts based on Hindu legal texts, the Hindutva body not just established a such a court in Meerut on Wednesday, but also nominated a chief justice.
The outfit’s national secretary Pooja Shakun Pandey has been made the first chief justice of this “Hindu judiciary”.
“The Hindu judiciary will be taking up cases suo motu as well as adjudicating in personal matters of the Hindus if any approach us. These courts will have jurisdiction over civil and personal matters such as marriage and those regarding interpretation of religion. If the Muslims can have Sharia courts, why can’t Hindus?” Pandey said.
On October 2 this year, the Mahasabha would be releasing the manifesto and the charter of the judiciary as well as the body of Hindu texts that will be used to adjudicate matters.
While the political outfit plans to set up such courts across India in the next couple of years, those ready for operations are in Aligarh, Hathras and Allahabad.
Earlier, MyNation had also reported that RSS-affiliated Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM) also plans to open family conciliation centres across all the 720 districts of the country as a move to counter to the proposed Sharia courts.
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Last Updated Sep 9, 2018, 8:56 AM IST