The Council for Islamic Ideology (CII) has clarified on Monday that they are not considering any revised draft of Nikahnama (marriage certificate) that allows women to divorce their husbands.
A statement from CII spokesman, Ikramul Haq, said that no such document was being drafted.
“However, the council is working on a Nikahnama and a Talaqnama (divorce deed) whose language will be simple and easily intelligible,” he added.
Haq said the council was going to add necessary clauses to the document that will only make the family system stronger in the light of Holy Quran and Sunnah.
CII had to come with an explanation after a local English Daily claimed in its report that the council’s new Nikahnama draft was up for a ‘revolutionary change.’
The News, while quoting CII chairman, had reported that the council was considering certain changes in the 50-year-old draft of Nikahnama that would now allow women equal rights of ending the marriage and divorcing their husbands – a provision given to women in western law.
The newspaper had quoted CII chairman Qibla Ayaz saying that “The nikahkhwan will be legally bound to inform the bride of her right to ask for the dissolution of marriage”.
Haq, however, highlighted the other proposed changes to the marriage document and said the council had agreed to make the details of NIC necessary for Nikah to be registered. The committee also recommended making the role of a Nikahkhwan more documentary and effective.
What is Khulaa?
A provision allowing women to dissolve their marriage without their husband’s consent is already given in the present form of the document and it’s called Khulaa. This allows a woman to end her marriage through courts, but she has to return her husband’s wedding gift (Haq Mehr) to obtain Khula.