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WINGS #06-18 Muslim Divorce Decision - India

Instant divorce by oral triple talaq is dead but not buried


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Length: 0:28:43
Uploaded: 27 May, 2018

Recording Date: 27 May, 2018
Recording Location: Kolkata, India; Denman Island BC Canada
Logsheet: none
Language: English
Topical for: Timeless
Status: Complete, Ready to Air
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Program Title: WINGS #06-18 Muslim Divorce Decision - India
Description: In August 2017, India's Supreme Court found it unconstitutional for a man to divorce his wife just by saying - or texting - the word talaq three times. Women activists say this type of divorce is not in the Koran, which prescribes a slow process with mediation; but the patriarchal religious leadership that controls India's Muslim personal law insists that this tradition is part of religion and cannot be changed. A plaintiff and four women activists discuss the ensuing struggle and how they want it to be resolved.

Host(s): Kalpana Pradhan
Featured Speakers/Guests: Plaintiff Afreen Rehman, who was divorced by a letter in Speed Post; Zakia Soman, co-founder of the organisation Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA), which has been working on a new draft Muslim family code for years; co-founder of BMMA, Noor Zehan Safia Niaz; Chandrayee Alam, a senior Kolkata High Court advocate who is working for the rights of the Muslim women in the state; Anuradha Kapoor, social activist and director of the organization SWAYAM.

Credits: Produced by Kalpana Pradhan for WINGS; series producer, Frieda Werden

Comments: A draft law criminalizing instant divorce was rushed out by India's parliament in December 2017, but all the states have yet to decide if they will accept it. So far, only one has agreed.

Regional > South Asia
Politics > Feminism
Politics > Activism
Spirituality and Religion
Politics > Political Parties
Society and Culture > Women
Type: Weekly Program

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