‘Talaq delivered through social media valid’: AIMPLB

New Delhi: The All India Muslim Personal Law Board has said that Supreme Court’s observation calling for examining the Islamic law to do away with discriminations against Muslim women was legally not appropriate.

Speaking to India TV, senior member and spokesperson of the board, Mohammed Abdul Rahul Qureshi said, “The Supreme Court order is legally not appropriate because the Muslim law is an integral part of the religion. The right to freedom of religion is a fundamental right guaranteed under Article 25 of the Constitution.”

The top court has recently decided to constitute a Constitution Bench to review the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Divorce) Act, 1986 that was passed during the Rajiv Gandhi government. The court had also observed that while the Hindu family laws were modified in the 50s, Muslim personal law remained mostly unchanged.

Qureshi was further quoted by the website as saying: “It is necessary to understand the concept of talaq. After talaq, a woman is free to marry another man. After talaq, second marriage for a woman is permissible.

Qureshi said that talaq delivered through social media like Facebook, WhatsApp, Skype SMS, email or phone calls were valid.