NCPCR Opposes Fatwas on Website of Darul Uloom Deoband, a Muslim Reply Group


New Delhi, January 16 (SocialNews.XYZ) Following a complaint, the National Commission for the Protection of Children’s Rights (NCPCR) raised objections to certain fatwas issued by the Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband on its website, describing them as “misleading, illegal and harmful to children”.

“In one of the fatwas, Darul Uloom Deoband states that adopting a child is not illegal but simply by adopting a child, the decision of a real child will not be applicable to him, rather it will be necessary to “observe Sharia Purdah of him after he is mature. The adopted child will have no share in the property and the child will not be an heir under any circumstances,” the commission said in a letter to the magistrate of harapur district.

The commission argued that such fatwas not only deceive the law of the land, but are also illegal in nature.

“The Constitution of India provides for the fundamental rights of children, including the right to education and the right to equality,” he added.

The NCPCR would like to declare that the publication of such statements as advice, contrary to the rights of children, on a website, in free access and available in the public domain, is not only misleading and illegal, but also harmful to children.

“Therefore, it is requested that this organization’s website be thoroughly reviewed and investigated and that any such content be removed immediately,” he said.

In addition, access to such websites may be prevented until such content is removed to prevent the spread and recurrence of “unlawful statements and, therefore, prevent incidents of violence, abuse, neglect, harassment, discrimination against children,” he said.

The Commission asked the District Magistrate that a report on the action taken could be submitted within 10 days.

In response, a Muslim group said on Sunday that the NCPCR letter “is yet another attempt to target Madrasas and their education by picking out certain fatwas and sensationalising them.”

The Islamic Student Organization of India (SIO) has stated, “Fatwas are nothing but personal opinions of religious scholars on various issues relating to personal and social life.”

In fact, on any given issue, academics often have differing opinions and none of them has legal standing or institutional approval. People are completely free to act according to their own understanding of religion, he said in a statement.

“It is an established position of law in India that matters of inheritance, marriage, divorce and other personal matters including adoption are covered by the respective customary laws of different communities and religions.

“NCPCR officials must no doubt be aware of this established position of Indian law, which is constitutionally protected. Their targeting of the well-known Muslim seminary to discuss their position on adoption is a superficial and brazen attempt to defame not only the institution but the entire Muslim community by association,” the SIO said.

Source: IANS

NCPCR Opposes Fatwas on Website of Darul Uloom Deoband, a Muslim Reply Group

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