Each community has a right to practice its own personal law, Hamid Ansari

Former Vice-President Hamid Ansari on Thursday backed the proposal of opening Sharia courts in the country and said that “each community has a right to practice its own personal law”. He also said that people are confusing social practices with legal systems.

“People are confusing social practices with legal system. Our law recognizes that each community can have own rules. Personal law in India covers- marriage, divorce, adoption & inheritance. Each community has a right to practice its own personal law,” he told news agency ANI.

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has recently come up with a proposal to set up Sharia courts in each district of the country. This proposal has been opposed by the government.

Jammu and Kashmir’s Deputy Grand Mufti Nasir ul Islam has demanded a separate nation for Muslims after the Bharatiya Janata Party rejected All India Muslim Personal Law Board’s (AIMPLB) proposal for opening Shariat courts in all districts of the country.

Karnataka’s Minority Affairs Minister, Zameer Ahmed, who belongs to the the Congress party had came out in support of the Shariah Courts, as it would “help in resolving” minor family disputes.

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