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Qazi Courts Or Quasi Justice?

Some say the Sharia courts offer speedy and cheap justice. Others say they are regressive.

Qazi Courts Or Quasi Justice?
Deepak Kumar
Qazi Courts Or Quasi Justice?
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On November 8, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) finally replied to a PIL submitted months earlier in the Supreme Court seeking the abolition of so- called Sharia and qazi courts in India. The argument in their defence is that such courts fall under the Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanism and have existed for years, providing an invaluable service to the community. Dr Tahir Mehmood, an expert on Islamic law, has this view: "These are not judicial or semi-judicial institutions. They are part of the ADR. If the law board sticks to this view, it will have a case. After all, Hindus have their dharam and caste panchayats. But if those bright individuals keep harping on Sharia courts, then things could go wrong. In my view, a Sharia court is an obnoxious expression that has no right to exist in a country like India."

Of course, that's one view. Others feel these courts save the poor from the clutches of lawyers and long-winded court battles. Take the Imarat-e-Sharia at Phulwari Sharif in Bihar, the country's oldest and largest Sharia court. Says Maulana...

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