New Delhi, Aug 13: Muslim women want a ban oral and unilateral divorce and punishment for the qazis (clerics) for sending such divorce notice. A majority of the women rejected Polygamy saying their husbands should not marry again under any circumstance during the life of an existing marriage. Also Read - 'DJ Bandh Karwao': Cleric Refuses to Solemnise Weddings After Grooms Dance to Loud Music Atop Car

According to a Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA) study – Seeking Justice Within Family National Study on Muslim Women’s Views on Reforms in Muslim Personal Law, 91.7 per cent of the total 4,710 respondents rejected polygamy. The BMMA interviewed 4,710 women in 10 states across the country. The survey was conducted between July and December 2013 in states including Maharashtra, Gujarat, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh. Muslims in India are governed by the Muslim Personal Law (Shariah) Application Act, 1937. (ALSO READ: Muslims in Nepal demand a Hindu state) Also Read - Priyanka Chopra Jonas says, 'My Dad Used To Sing In A Mosque', Twitter Trolls

Interestingly, 95.5 per cent of Muslims women who responded in the survey, had not even heard of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board. For a body that claims to represent the community, this must come as a rude shock. The community women do not hesitate in approaching police to file complaints against domestic violence with the police, notwithstanding their negative perception. Also Read - 'Forbidden by Islam': Egyptian Woman Arrested For Baking 'Indecent' Cakes Topped With Lingerie & Genitals

Following are the other findings of the survey:


92.1% want a total ban on oral/unilateral divorce

88.3% want talaak-e-Ahsan to be the method of divorce

93% want arbitration process to be mandatory before divorce

72.3% want the arbitration process to be between 3 to 6 months

88.5% want the qazi to be punished who sends notice of oral divorce

Custody and adoption of children:

88.9% want women to retain the custody of children after divorce

95.6% want ex-husband to pay for children’s maintenance even if she holds their custody

92.7% want consent and well being of the child to be the deciding factor for custody

79.8% want the adopted child to be treated as a natural heir to the property


85.7% want mehr to be given at the time of marriage

83.9% want his annual income to be the mehr amount

75.1% do not want woman to forego her mehr if she is giving khula

The study brings to light the socio-economic condition of the Muslim women in India and also agrees with the findings of the Sachar committee that the community is poor. The annual income of over 73 per cent of the respondents was less than Rs 50,000. Though the number of educated Muslim women has gone up, over 78 per cent choose to remain homemakers while 8 per cent work in the organised sector.