After 50 Years, CII Updates Nikah and Divorce Documents To Protect Women Rights

For the first time in 50 years, CII (Council of Islamic Ideology) has moved to change Nikkahnama and Talaqnama in 50 years.  The research section of CII has been working on changes in marriage and divorce documents in an attempt to bring them in line with today’s dynamics.

Since recently, both documents were used in their original form as they were first drafted in the 1960s. According to the council, the old version has become orthodox and outdated, that no longer complied with the emerging issues of the current times.

Chairman CII, Dr Qibla Ayaz, while talking to media in a recent publication said that it is an urgent need to protect the rights of women hence the newly drafted documents plans to address this.

The new nikahnama will include the provision for the wife to have the right to dissolve the marriage. It was also included in the previous draft but the wording was unclear and vague – intentionally kept this way to suppress women rights in the regard.

CII Chairman they are working collaboratively with other stakeholders to make this provision more specific and clearer. He further added that stricter provisions will be included in nikahnama so nikahkhwan cannot dissolve it without the permission of bride-to-be.

Coming to the issue of divorce, CII is taking inspiration from the recent decision of India regarding the issue of triple talaq. The council has agreed on this point that if a man indulges in triple talaq, he will be punished. Triple talaq refers to the act of hurriedly divorcing by uttering the word ‘talaq’ three times – previously resulting in the end of marriage.

CII is hoping to go over useful points from All India Muslim Personal Law Board in this regard. The Research Section is amending the old talaqnama and the process is likely to take a week or so.

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