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Jamiat-ul-Ulma takes exception to Apex court judgement on Talaq

Written by: Staff

Bhubaneswar, Apr 23 (UNI) The Orissa unit of the Jamiat-ul-Ulama today took strong exception of a recent Supreme Court judgment directing Orissa government to provide security to a Muslim couple who wanted to stay together even after the ''talaq''.

Jamiat-ul-Ulama President Maulana S.S.Sajideen Quasmi told newsmen that they have decided to ask the President of India, the Prime Minister,Union Law Minister, Orissa Chief Minister and State Law minister to intervene into the matter.

The highest body of the Sunni Muslim community in the state is also contemplating to move the apex court for an appeal to review its decision stating that the court should not interfere in the religious matters of any community.

It is planning to convene a meeting of its district units called as quazee shariat to take up the matter and decide the future course of action.

Najma Bibi and her husband Seikh Sher Mohmmed were warned that they would be ostracised if they abide by the apex court's decision to stay together.

The couple who stayed in a remote village in Orissa's Bhadrak district had been living on a state of ordeal ever since the husband pronounced talaq thrice in an inebriated state on July 5,2003 but later backed out and decided to stay with his wife against the wishes of his community members.

The issue had caused much hue and cry in the state with the NGO's coming to the rescue of the couple against the ''diktat'' of the community members of their mohalla in ''Kantabania'' treating the case as divorce.


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