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CII not considering nikahnama that would allow women to divorce husbands: spokesman

CII not considering nikahnama that would allow women to divorce husbands: spokesman

The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) has clarified that it is not considering drafting a new nikahnama (marriage certificate) that would allow women to divorce their husbands without approaching a court.

The council's explanation comes in response to news reports that the council is in the process of drawing up a new marriage document that clearly enlists women's' rights, including their right to divorce.

English-language daily The News, which first reported on the proposed changes in the nikahnama, had quoted the CII chairman as saying that the nikahkhwan (the person who solemnises a marriage) will in the future be legally bound to consult the bride on whether she wants her husband to give her the right to dissolve the marriage.

“The nikahkhwan will be legally bound to inform the bride of her right to ask for dissolution of marriage,” Qibla Ayaz, had told the daily.




In a statement issued on Monday, CII spokesman Ikramul Haq said no such marriage document was under consideration that would include a clause allowing women to divorce their husbands.

"However, the council is working on a nikahnama and a talaqnama (divorce deed) whose language will be simple and easily intelligible," he added.

According to Haq, necessary clauses will also be added to the documents to make the family system stronger and more consistent in light of teachings of the Holy Quran and Sunnah.

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