Darul Qaza delivers over 350 judgements in Gujarat

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Ahmedabad, Nov 25 (UNI) Darul Qaza, an Islamic court, which delivers speedy justice following the Sharia law, has so far solved more than 350 cases in Gujarat since its formation in 2004.

The court, established by All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), saves time and money compared to regular courts. It basically deals with family issues like marriage, divorce, inheritance and maintenance, and has no legal sanctity. It solves the cases with the general consent of both the parties.

The people believe in unbiased justice delivered by the Chief Qazi, who plays the role of a judge.

Qazi Maulana Abdul Qayyum said ''At the Darul Qaza, we are not bound with caste or creed matters. We follow our norms as per the Islamic laws, which are equal for all. We have solved more than 350 cases. On an average, we get around 40-50 cases every year. The other courts do give decisions to the cases, but problem arises with the implementation. Here we give attention to both sides and deliver justice.'' Saleha Bano, a petitioner, who filed for a divorce from her husband, said she knocked on the Darul Qaza's door with the hope of getting a speedy justice. She could not get justice from the local courts earlier despite spending a hefty amount.

''It took years in local courts to get the justice despite paying to the police and the courts, but nothing happened. Here, at Darul Qaza, I am expecting a speedy justice through the means of Islamic laws at minimum expense. This place is better than regular court,'' she said.

Not only Muslims but Hindus too are taking recourse of Darul Qaza to solve the disputes. Many Hindu petitioners have filed cases against Muslims, and the Qazi had delivered an unbiased judgement to the Hindu petitioners.

Apart from Gujarat, Darul Qaza is already operational in states like Uttar Pradesh, Orissa, Bihar and Assam.

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