The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), the highest decision-making body on Muslim affairs, plans to open Darul-Qaza (Shariat courts) in all districts of the country to resolves issues in line with Islamic laws.
The proposal will come up for discussion at a meeting of the AIMPLB in New Delhi on July 15.
Criticising the move, the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi on Monday said there was no place for Shariat Court, be it district or village or city. This isn't Islamic Republic of India, she added.
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“Debate is unnecessary. It's against Constitution. AIMPLB has no power to set up courts. Those supporting it know it's legally untenable. There's nothing but politics behind it,” said Union Minister PP Choudhary.
"At present, there are 40 such courts in Uttar Pradesh. We plan to open one such court in all districts of the country. The objective of Darul-Qaza is to resolve matters in light of Shariat laws instead of going to other courts," said senior member AIMPLB, Zafaryab Zilani.
Noting that about Rs 50,000 is spent on running a Darul-Qaza, he said, "They will be discussing ways to generate resources for this during a meeting of AIMPLB in New Delhi on July 15".
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With a view of making lawyers, judges and common man aware about Shariat laws, AIMPLB will also be activating its Tafheem-e-Shariyat (TeS) committee.
"We will be activating Tafheem-e-Shariyat committee to make lawyers, judges and common man aware about Shariat laws. We will be discussing this at the AIMPLB meet," Jilani said.
He said the TeS committee is 15 years old and is entrusted with the task of making lawyers and judges, if possible, aware of arguments related to Shariat laws.
"The committee used to organised conferences and workshops all over the country with Islamic experts trying to delve in details about Shariat laws and address queries of participants. It is felt that the committee should be activated and more such programs should be held," he said.
Asked about the other matters that will figure in the meet, he said progress of Babri mosque case will be discussed and future course of action will be decided.
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(With inputs from agencies)