AIMPLB Suspends its Women Wing, Dismisses Criticism as ‘Internal Matter’

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AIMPLB convener SQR Ilyas said the women wing was suspended because it was involving itself in such activities which went beyond the limits of the Board

Waquar Hasan | Clarion India

NEW DELHI – The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMBPL) has suspended its women wing without citing any reason by sending a letter to its in-charge Asma Zehra asking her to stop the activities under the wing’s banner.

On 11 October, Khalid Saifullah Rahmani, general secretary of the AIMBPL, had sent a letter asking her to delete the social media accounts belonging to the wing. On 23 October, the Muslim body has issued a clarification after it faced criticism for its actions with regard to the women wing.

In its clarification, Rahmani said that a kind of misunderstanding was peddled that the women wing was dissolved. It was not dissolved but temporarily suspended for framing new rules and regulations to run it. Soon, it would be revived.

Reacting to the development, former women wing in-charge Zehra said “We feel we have been treated unfairly. In a meeting on October 23 in Delhi, they held me responsible for all the damage and I was told to give a statement in order to fix the matter. I haven’t done anything that goes against the rules, and none of our team members did anything wrong. We have followed the guidelines set up by the board right from the beginning”.

In order to frame the rules and regulations, the board has formed a committee consisting of convener SQR Ilyas, Atiya Siddiqua, member of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, and Fatima Muzaffar, Islamic scholar from Tamil Nadu.

However, talking to Clarion India on Friday, Ilyas said the women wing was suspended because it was involving itself in such activities which went beyond the limits of the AIMBPL. It was temporarily suspended to frame the rules and regulations.

Ilyas denied that its women members were unhappy. He said most of the members have supported the Board’s decision.

He accused former women wing in-charge Zehra of bringing out the issue. “She wrote a letter to all working committee members raising objections to the decision of the suspension. In the letter, she levelled many allegations against the board leaders. And the letter was circulated on social media,” said Ilyas.

Ilyas also foreclosed all the criticism against the suspension of the women wing calling it “internal matter”.
“It was a committee of the board. The board suspended the committee after informing its in-charge. There was no need to give public statement in this regard,” he said.  

The women wing was formed by former general secretary late Waliullah Rahmani in 2015. It has taken part in many social activities.
The dissolution came when the differences of opinion surfaced between the board leadership and the women members. The women members were in favour of taking active part in the Hijab issue of Karnataka. However, the Board executives were against it.

Some women members have openly expressed their disagreement with the decision of the suspension taken by the board.

“We do not know what happened, and we were not informed of the decision. We were actively working, and were shocked by the decision. I won’t be able to say more at this point,” said Tahniyat Ather, a member of the board from Hyderabad, in an open letter.

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