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Dr Afroza Khatun says Indian Muslim Women Suffer because of Difference in Family Law


Dr.Afroza Khatun is a Professor in Kolkata's Surendranath College for Women . In this exclusive interview with VOA Bangla Service she talks about Socio-Economic standing of Muslim Women in India, specially the Muslim Women of West Bengal.

She says that because of Islamic Law for women in India , Indian Muslim Women do not come within the purview of the Indian Constitution which grants a lot of rights to Women . Indian Hindu women, on the other hand, have been able to reap the fruits of the rights guaranteed in the Indian Constitution. She says that it is a shame that Muslim women are subject to Divorce, Polygamy , " Hilla Marriage" and those Muslim Personal Laws which are quite contradictory to the Indian Law.

Professor Afroza Khatun says that unlike the Indian law, Muslim family law is not written and although theoretically and ethically they seem correct , people who misuse the delivery of justice based on this purely unwritten ethics , are never brought to justice. So practically Muslim Women are denied the rights under the Indian Law. She says that in education and as such in empowerment, women in the Indian state of West Bengal lack behind. She suggests the ways to come out of this bottleneck.

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