Friday, December 01, 2006

Change marriage laws to curb harassment of women: Shia cleric

Muzaffarnagar (UP), Dec 1-Muslim marriage lawsshould be changed to curb the "harassment" of women, leadingShia cleric and All India Muslim Personal Law BoardVice-President Maulana Kalbe Sadiq said today."Muslim clerics should take steps for changing themarriage laws to check harassment of women and to preventlitigation regarding family disputes," Sadiq told reportershere.He described the adoption of a model nikahnama (marriagecontract) by the All India Shia Personal Law Board, whichgives women the right to initiate divorce, as a "step in theright direction".Welcoming the Sachar Committee's report on the economicand educational status of Muslims, Sadiq said the communityshould draw a lesson from it. "Muslims need to strive forquality education, not only government jobs," he said.Muslims must also strive to set up more moderneducational institutions instead of madrasas, he said. "Thecommunity must open educational insititutions to providequality education to Muslims."

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