New Delhi, July 9: Reacting to All-India Muslim Personal Law Board’s (AIMPLB) plans to set up Shariat courts or arbitration centres called ‘Darul Qazas’ to solve triple talaq issues as per the Islamic law, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Monday said that any such attempts should be acted upon strongly by the government and “these people” should be arrested under the national security act. Also Read - Sushant Singh Rajput Case Update: Subramanian Swamy Jumps in to Appoint Advocate For CBI Inquiry
“Any attempt made, should be acted upon strongly by the government and these people should be arrested under the national security act,” he said, adding that it is a way of “dividing the country and creating secession”. “There’s only one court and one law. The constitution is guiding force & anything outside it will not be acceptable,” he added. Also Read - Goods And Services Tax is 'Biggest Madness of The 21st Century', Says Subramanian Swamy
The AIMPLB had proposed to set up Shariat courts in all districts in the country to resolve all issues within the Islamic law, instead of approaching other courts. “These centres would also advise couple against instant triple talaq as it is both bad in Islam and also now banned by the law,” Zafaryab Jilani, a senior member of the board, told HT. Also Read - ‘Entry of Women to Mosques Allowed,’ Muslim Body Tells Supreme Court in Fresh Affidavit
The plans to set up ‘Darul Qazas’ in all districts of the country has not gone down well with a number of politicians. While Swamy demanded arrest of anyone who suggests setting up of such “centres”, Union Minister of State for Law and Justice, PP Chaudhary, argued that the establishment of any court would have to be sanctioned by law.
“As far as the opening of a court is concerned, it can only be in accordance with the law. It (opening of any court) should be competent under the law. Otherwise, any verdict given by such courts is against the Constitution, and therefore, is not enforceable,” he said.
The AIMPLB and the Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board are at loggerheads over the former’s proposal to establish Shariat courts in all districts across the country. While the AIMPLB has claimed that the practice began in 1993, the Shia Waqf Board has branded the proposal to be unconstitutional and equivalent to betraying the nation.
Speaking to ANI on Sunday, AIMPLB’s Zafaryab Jilani said the Supreme Court had observed that the Shariat courts would not be seen as parallel courts.
“We don’t call it Shariat court. It’s Darul Qaza, where Qazi solves matrimonial disputes or suggests ways for separations if issues aren’t solved. This will only help people, especially women, to seek justice. We discuss this in all our meetings, and will once again take it up in our next meeting on July 15. The Muslim Personal Law Board started it (Darul Qaza) in India in 1993. This is nothing new,” he said.
With agency inputs