Fatwas against individuals have already been declared illegal by Supreme Court whereas this fatwa orders the Islamic society to stop supply of medicines to the victim, to not allow namaz on her funeral procession; to deny her the right to be buried in a Muslim graveyard after death, etc
The National Commission for Women (NCW) has taken note of the fatwa issued against triple talaq victim Nida Khan, who is also an activist against the pernicious practice, by the influential Dargah Aala Hazrat seminary of Bareilly.
The fatwa was issued by Imam mufti Khurshid Alam on Monday, calling for a complete social boycott of Khan by the community, lest she should fall in line and retract her “anti-Islamic” stand.
The matter was taken to the women’s rights body by Delhi-based lawyer Pravesh Dabas, whose complaint in the matter the commission admitted.
Meanwhile, NCW chairperson (additional charge) Rekha Sharma assured MyNation that she would probe the matter.
“We took note of the matter and moved suo motu to the commission. The very practice of issuing fatwa against an individual has already been declared illegal by the Supreme Court,” the advocate said.
According to the fatwa issued by the Muslim cleric, no medicines are to be provided to her, nor is anyone allowed to offer namaz on her ‘janaza’ (funeral procession). The fatwa also denies her the right to be buried in a Muslim graveyard after death.
In his compliant, Dabas cited the infringement of fundamental rights of the victim. “By way of this fatwa, the accused person not only wants to deprive Ms Khan from her fundamental rights, but also wants to create fright and deterrence in the minds of other Muslim women. The accused has also disparaged the status of women in society. The fatwa is derogatory and denigrating,” Dabas told MyNation.
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Last Updated Jul 19, 2018, 4:52 PM IST